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Mental health services get $8 million grant boost

martha coakley boston Attorney General Martha Coakley.
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Attorney General Martha Coakley has announced an $8 million grant program that will benefit those with behavioral health and substance abuse issues.


TheIncreasing Access to and Measuring the Benefits of Providing Behavioral Health Services in Massachusettsprogram will provide services like education and training to law enforcement and health professionals, services in shelters and courts, and direct help for underserved populations, such as the homeless and veterans.

The $8 million was obtained by Coakley's office thanks to a settlement in the lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, over the illegal marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

“There are millions of families dealing with the effects of mental illness and substance abuse across our country,” Coakley said in a statement.“We as a Commonwealth must commit to reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and breaking down barriers to accessing services. This grant program is an opportunity to further that goal.”

Applicantsmust be from local, county or statewide government bodies, nonprofit organizations or law enforcement, public safety or criminal justice entities in Massachusetts.

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