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Houston clinic receives $1.6 million in federal funds to expand mental health services

According to local and state leaders, Texas is ranked the lowest nationally for mental health funding.

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The Ibn Sina Foundation received $1.6 million for mental health services.

The Ibn Sina Foundation is expanding its mental health services after receiving $1.6 million of federal funds. Congressman Al Green presented the check to the foundation during a press conference on Thursday.

Over the years, the Ibn Sina Foundation has seen an increased need for more mental health resources in Houston. According to local and state leaders, Texas is ranked the lowest nationally for mental health funding.

“I am so so excited, this is the largest check we’ve ever received, this is really a great honor for all of us at Ibn Sina," said Nasruddin Rupani, Chairman of the Ibn Sina Foundation Board

The $1.6 million in federal funding will allow the foundation’s Wilcrest Community Clinic in Southwest Houston to not only expand its current medical services, but also provide mental health services. The clinic has served low-income and uninsured residents for more than 20 years with six locations in Houston and one in Port Arthur.

Ibn Sina offers services across 14 medical specialties that include neurology, dermatology, rheumatology, endocrinology, and cardiology. The foundation has partnered with over 50 organizations including non-profits, hospitals, and government agencies.

Rupani said the money will allow the foundation to continue to provide mental health resources to those who need it most.

"This $1.6 million will be serving almost 10,000 new patients here at this facility," he said. "We are creating a brand new facility that will serve [those] 10,000 patients for mental health services."

Currently, the foundation only provides mental health services a few days out of the month at its other locations, but Rupani said, as the need for mental health services increase, the foundation will have to increase the amount of days it offers mental health services.

"I think this is a great day for the organization," said Congressman Al Green. "This organization has been an asset to this community, especially during the pandemic when it was really needed – when people had to get their vaccinations, when people needed to be tested – this organization has been here."

Green said Texas should be able to provide mental health care to all of its residents.

"Texas should not be last, Texas should be the best place in the country to live and the best place in the country to get good healthcare," he said.

Green said he hopes for additional funding for more clinics that treat mental health in Houston. The mental health wellness center is expected to open in 2024.

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