Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces $8 million in mental health grants largely focused on Chicago’s South and West sides

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Erica Hunt wearing a suit and tie: In this file photo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference at City Hall, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.


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In this file photo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference at City Hall, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.

Nearly all the projects will expand mental health services for young adults, children, and adolescents, city officials said. Some of the grant recipients will receive $240,000 while others will receive $350,000 every year through 2020, Lightfoot said.

The funding can be used to hire staff, expand existing services, fund new programs in communities of high need and promote collaborations that integrate mental healthcare with primary care, city officials said.

In addition, the city’s public health department also will provide $1.6 million for increased services for

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