Shaheen Welcomes $500,000 for Catholic Medical Center in Manchester

August 09, 2022

**Shaheen secured funding as a senior appropriator through the FY 2022 government funding bill**

(Manchester, NH) — U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, welcomed a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Catholic Medical Center (CMC) in Manchester. The funding comes through a congressional directed spending (CDS) request that Shaheen secured through the fiscal year (FY) 2022 omnibus package that passed earlier this year.

The award will go towards construction and improvements for CMC’s Emergency Department (ED) Behavioral Health Annex. Expanding the ED Behavioral Health Annex will help CMC meet the growing behavioral health and/or substance use disorder (SUD) treatment needs in the Manchester community. This will include a renovated and expanded ED. Part of the CMC ED renovation and expansion will include a new Behavioral Health Annex with additional beds in rooms capable of isolation. The new area will also have a large room that will be able to be utilized as a “Day Room”, visitor’s area, consult room, and/or a Tele Court Room. Additionally, there will be larger/secured nursing station, bathroom, shower and office for the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester staff, and improved security features. In addition to this $500,000 CDS award for CMC, Shaheen successfully secured $2 million for CMC and Saint Anselm College to renovate a 13,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art health care simulation lab. Shaheen visited in the lab earlier this year.

“I am glad to see this federal funding head to Catholic Medical Center to expand its behavioral health services. We’ve seen the need for mental health professional surge throughout this pandemic, and this funding will help ensure CMC can continue providing quality health care and resources for Granite Staters in Manchester,” said Senator Shaheen. “As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I’ll continue to advocate for federal funding to expand access to quality health care and respond to the needs of working families in New Hampshire.”

As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shaheen helped secure $69,047,000 for projects across New Hampshire through the CDS process in FY22 legislation that was signed into law. Shaheen recently announced more than $89 million in CDS awards that she secured in Senate Democrats’ FY23 government funding proposal for 95 New Hampshire projects, including water infrastructure, health care facility investments, educational training, resources to combat homelessness and food insecurity, support for substance use disorder programs and much more.