Eleven health clinics in the greater Los Angeles area have been awarded federal grants to improve their mental health services.
Ten of the clinics are in L.A. County and one is in San Bernardino. Each received $250,000 made available under the Affordable Care Act.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said the clinics would use the money to better integrate mental health services into primary care.
Jim Mangia, director of one of the recipients, the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in South L.A, said his clinic will use the money to expand mental health services to 8,000 more patients, by hiring more therapists and a substance abuse counselor.
"There’s a huge waiting list for mental health services throughout Los Angeles County, but particularly in South L.A., so this investment is significant," Mangia said.
Here’s the full list of L.A.-area recipients:
|Altamed Health Services Corporation||Commerce|
|Community Health Alliance of Pasadena||Pasadena|
|Comprehensive Community Health Centers||Glendale|
|Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles||Bell Gardens|
|Inland Behavioral and Health Services||San Bernardino|
|Northeast Valley Health Corporation||San Fernando|
|St. John '92s Well Child and Family Center||Los Angeles|
|T.H.E Clinic||Los Angeles|
|Valley Community Clinic||North Hollywood|
|Venice Family Clinic||Venice|
|Watts Healthcare Corporation||Los Angeles|