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Kaptur, Unison Health Announce $3.6 Million Grant for Local Mental Health Initiatives

September 28, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Toledo-based Unison Health announced that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, had awarded Unison Health a $3.6 million grant to expand the availability of mental health services in Lucas County.

The $3.6 million grant will support the development of two programs in Lucas County managed by Unison Health – one with Toledo Public Schools to provide behavioral health services to students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and another with the Lucas County Sheriff's Office to provide clinical services and medication management to incarcerated individuals.

As a long-time advocate for increasing federal support for comprehensive mental health services, Rep. Kaptur's office works with providers like Unison Health to secure SAMHSA grants that help establish these programs.

"Time and again, we have witnessed how critical it is to invest in life-changing mental health programs that help establish a solid foundation for long-term wellbeing," said Rep. Kaptur. "We are grateful to be able to deliver the federal resources that ensure students, returning citizens, and members of the wider community receive the attention, care, and support they need to thrive."

"Congresswoman Kaptur continues to be an outstanding advocate for mental health treatment and services in Northwest Ohio," said Unison Health CEO Jeff De Lay. "I want to thank her for her support of Unison Health's SAMHSA grant award of $3.6 million. These funds will improve access to treatment and prevention services for children in Toledo Public Schools, as well as individuals in the Lucas County Jail. This is a perfect example of working together to improve the overall health of our community."

More information on the $3.6 million SAMHSA grant can be found here.


For more information, contact Chris Dalton at or (202) 897-7438.

Issues:Health Care