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News - October 20, 2010

County wins $2 million to treat mental, substance-abuse disorders

A federal grant to San Mateo County may brighten the prospects for victims of mental health and substance-abuse disorders, two categories of illness often made worse by conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and asthma.

The four-year $2 million grant, awarded in October by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will enable a consortium of regional health care outlets, including two county clinics, to provide better primary and behavioral care services, according to a county statement.

The grant money "will help to improve their quality of life and provide them with tools to manage their health," said Louise Rogers, the county's director of behavioral health and recovery services.

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