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Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Arizona investing $5 million in mental health care, research

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Posted at 6:27 PM, Mar 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-29 21:27:07-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Foundation for Community and Health Advancement will invest $5 million in mental health programs and applied research over the next three years.

Up to $2 million in grant money will be awarded by the Foundation in 2022 to promote positive mental health and save lives.

“We’ve always had a strong commitment to improving the health of Arizonans, and the Foundation is the framework that will allow us to take that commitment one step further,” said Dr. Christine Wiggs, President and Board Chair for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Foundation for Community & Health Advancement.

The Foundation is now accepting applications for projects that expand statewide mental health resources, reduce stigma, and connect people to care until Monday, April 4, 2022.

Potential areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • Expanding access to mental health services
  • Suicide prevention
  • Youth mental health
  • Intersection of mental health and substance use disorder or health equity
  • COVID-19 effect

To learn more, visit azbluefoundation.org.

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