NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) There has been a push Sunday to help tackle the surge of mental health problems caused by the pandemic.
Senator Chuck Schumer says the COVID bailout bill includes $ 5 billion to help people in need. He is calling on the federal government to release that money immediately.
“The bottom line is this cannot wait. This is a silent, silent, sneaky, mental illness that has dramatically increased with COVID, and if we let it fester, if we do nothing with it, it gets worse. and it will take longer for our society to return to normal, ”said Schumer.
The senator said that most federal grants would go to providers for substance abuse prevention and treatment and the provision of mental health services.