BUFFALO, N.Y. — ​Two Buffalo health institutions are being awarded federal funding for mental health and substance abuse services.

That includes BestSelf Behavioral Health, which will receive $5 million, and the University at Buffalo, who will receive more than $300,000.

"No one should have to fight the battle against mental illness alone," said Sen. Chuck Schumer. "As New Yorkers, we are stronger when we are together, and today’s federal funding will work to rally community resources surrounding mental health care and research. Those facing mental health battles need our support now more than ever, and I’m proud to deliver this SAMHSA funding that will bring community support for our most vulnerable residents."

BestSelf is planning to make 899 Main Street its new headquarters and a child advocacy center. It’s a $20 million project that is planned to be finished by 2023.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened a nationwide mental health crisis," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. "This federal funding will help ensure that New Yorkers struggling with mental health and addiction have ongoing access to comprehensive, integrated care. I will continue fighting for resources for mental health and addiction treatment centers throughout New York State and make sure that New Yorkers who need care can get it."

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand say this money is a result of the pandemic shedding a light on the country’s mental health crisis.