(Washington, D.C.)- U.S. Senator Patty Murray announced today that the federal Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $150,000 to implement education services in Clark County for residents with mental health illness. The funds will allow people with mental illness to enroll in a college, university, or training program. Research has shown that people with a history of mental illness can successfully complete school or training programs and return to the work force.

"I am pleased to announce this federal funding to strengthen educational opportunities and mental health services in Clark County," said Murray. "This support will allow mental health consumers to achieve their educational goals and successfully return to the work force."

The grant was provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration division of HHS. As a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, as well as the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Murray has worked to increase funding to community health programs in Washington state.