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October 26, 1964

WASHINGTON NEWS

JAMA. 1964;190(4):15-16. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070170148042

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Abstract

Mental Health Centers.—  Construction of community mental health centers in 1965 will be partially financed by Federal grants-in-aid of $35 million.This is the first appropriation under a $150 million three-year program of federal assistance to finance center construction. Grants will range from one-third to two-thirds of the building cost.Recent signing by President Johnson of the appropriations bill for the HEW Department budget of $6.5 billion makes funds immediately available to begin actual construction of these centers.They will form the nucleus of the new national mental health program to provide comprehensive treatment of the mentally ill in the patients' home communities, HEW said.Grants will be administered and awarded to eligible sponsors of the centers by the National Institute of Mental Health of the Public Health Service under terms of the Community Mental Health Centers Construction Act of 1963 (Public Law 88-164).HEW said that to meet terms

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