Congressman Cuellar announces $5 million to Camino Real



Congressman Henry Cuellar on Oct. 7 announced nearly $5 million for Camino Real Community Services in Lytle to battle mental illness, emotional disturbances and substance abuse. Pictured, from left, are Congressman Cuellar, Karnes County Pct. 1 Commissioner Shelby Dupnik, Frio County Judge Arnulfo C. Luna, Camino Real Executive Directors Emma C. Garcia and Veronica Sanchez, Camino Real Board Chair Donna Rayes, Lytle Mayor Ruben Gonzalez and McMullen County Judge James E. Teal. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Congressman Henry Cuellar on Oct. 7 announced nearly $5 million for Camino Real Community Services in Lytle to battle mental illness, emotional disturbances and substance abuse. Pictured, from left, are Congressman Cuellar, Karnes County Pct. 1 Commissioner Shelby Dupnik, Frio County Judge Arnulfo C. Luna, Camino Real Executive Directors Emma C. Garcia and Veronica Sanchez, Camino Real Board Chair Donna Rayes, Lytle Mayor Ruben Gonzalez and McMullen County Judge James E. Teal. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

On Oct. 7, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $4,996,436 in federal funding for the Camino Real Community Services Center in Lytle to support the increase and strengthening of treatments for serious mental illnesses, serious emotional disturbances and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. The project will build on the existing services and expand to meet the need and restore the delivery of clinical services that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Earlier this year, I secured $4,000,000 through the Department of Health and Human Service’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) grant program. Now, I am able to announce almost $5 million for the Camino Real Community Services Center,” said Congressman Cuellar. “Over the course of two years, 500 unduplicated patients will be serviced through this program. That is 1,000 individuals directly impacted from these federal funds. The COVID-19 pandemic brought on unimaginable mental hardships. That is why this federal money is so important. We must help these individuals that are struggling with the quality of medical care services.”

The first goal of this grant will be to increase and enhance access to evidence-based mental health services for residents experiencing Severe Mental Health Issues (SMI) and/or Co-Occurring Disorders (COD). The second goal will be to deliver evidence-based mental services to pre-pandemic levels. This will be done by utilizing:

• Local crisis screenings/ assessments

• Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT) services

• Crisis Residential

Unit (CRU) Services to establish access mechanisms for children and adults

This grant was awarded through the Department of Health and Human

Service’s Substance

Abuse and Mental Health

Service Administration

(SAMHSA) grant program.

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