Kuster Discusses Importance of Quality Mental Health Care for Seniors at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, Highlights American Rescue Plan Funding For Nursing School
**St. Joseph School of Nursing received $313,000 in federal funding through the Kuster-backed American Rescue Plan**
Nashua, N.H. – Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee and founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, toured the Senior Behavioral Health Unit at St. Joseph Hospital and met with hospital leadership and staff to discuss the critical need for quality mental health care for Granite State Seniors.
Earlier this year, St. Joseph School of Nursing received $313,000 through the Kuster-backed American Rescue Plan, which was the Biden administration’s first major step toward building back better from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis, senior citizens have been at significant risk of serious health complications, and many have experienced isolation and loneliness,” said Rep. Kuster. “Thanks to COVID-19 vaccines, many seniors have been able to resume their normal activities and reconnect with loved ones, but high quality mental health care remains critically important for Granite State senior citizens. I appreciated the opportunity to tour the Senior Behavioral Health Unit at St. Joseph Hospital today and to hear from hospital leadership and staff about the needs of our community going forward.”
“I was proud to support the historic American Rescue Plan, which provided more than $300,000 for the St. Joseph nursing program,” Kuster continued. “I’ll continue working to ensure that our health care providers have the resources they need to provide quality care for our communities.”
“We were honored to have Congresswoman Kuster tour the Senior Behavioral Health Unit today,” said John A. Jurczyk, President of St. Joseph Hospital. “St. Joseph Hospital greatly appreciates her advocacy for enhanced behavioral health access in the Greater Nashua area as we continue to work to expand services in this area of need.”