Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Announces $50,000 in Federal Funds for WestCare Texas

Washington | Charlotte Laracy, DC Press Secretary (202-226-1583); Alexis Torres, District Press Secretary (956-286-6007), May 21, 2020

Laredo, TX – Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $50,000 in federal funds to WestCare Texas, Inc. These funds awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, will assist the clinic in providing mental health and substance use disorder diagnosis, as well as treatment.

“Mental health is just as important as physical health and it is vital that our communities receive the proper assistance in caring for individuals suffering from mental illnesses and substance abuse,” said Congressman Cuellar. “This federal investment will help WestCare Texas continue their mission of enhancing one’s sense of purpose and value, while providing treatment and support to their clients in the Laredo area. As a senior member on the Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to fund programs that improve a person’s quality of life and gives our community’s the services needed to address and speak up about mental health and substance use issues. I’d like to thank the WestCare Texas leadership and staff for their dedication and commitment in serving all those affected by mental disorders and fighting to overcome substance abuse.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

According to SAMHSA, approximately 8.9 million adults struggle with both mental illness and substance abuse, but only 7.4 percent of individuals receive treatment for both conditions with 55.8 percent receiving no treatment at all.

WestCare Texas was established in 2012 and currently has offices in both Laredo and San Antonio.