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Schumer, Gillibrand secure $250,000 for Nazareth to improve access to mental health services

Published March 25, 2024

Nazareth University will expand mental health clinic services on campus for the Rochester community, thanks to $250,000 in funding secured by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The Nazareth grant is part of the fiscal year 2024 appropriations package to support health care and supportive services to underserved communities and to improve health care infrastructure.

The funding to Nazareth University will help improve access to high-quality services, including primary prevention, mental health first aid, and psychoeducational-focused initiatives for underserved children and adults in Monroe and surrounding counties.  

“Nazareth University deeply appreciates the funding Senators Schumer and Gillibrand have secured, which will enable our world-class art therapy, music therapy, play therapy, social work, and nursing programs to increase access to high-quality behavioral health services through on-campus, interprofessional mental health clinics,” said Nazareth University President Elizabeth Paul. “As the only area university offering music and art therapy preparation programs and a constellation of social work, creative arts therapies, and nursing programs supporting mental health initiatives, these clinics advance two of Nazareth’s goals: providing hands-on experiential education for our area's future clinicians, as well as providing critically-needed mental health services for the community.” 

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