- Associated Press - Saturday, December 22, 2018

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - A community mental health center in Newport is getting $2 million in federal funding to expand its behavioral health services.

Members of the state’s congressional delegation say the Newport County Community Mental Health Center will use the money to meet the needs of 24,500 residents over the next two years.

The delegation asked the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for the funding.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says the grant will help the center continue to serve people with serious mental illness in Rhode Island.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse called the center a “lifeline” for many people, and Democratic U.S. Rep. David Cicilline says it’s providing quality, affordable mental health services.

The delegation says Rhode Island has the highest rate of mental illness among adults, 24 percent.

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