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MD Program Helps Mentally Ill Find Jobs

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By Matt McCleskey

Maryland is getting $725,000 in federal funding to help people with mental illness find jobs. The money is part of a three-year public-private initiative and completes a funding plan that includes $6.4 million in state money and $1.7 million from a private foundation.

The program is designed to provide job training and support services to 500 low-income Marylanders with mental illness each year. It will be administered at eight locations around the state.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) requested the federal contribution. In a statement announcing it, she said the program will help people with mental and intellectual challenges find a way to a better life. She said that would benefit not only those receiving the aid, but would also help employers and the state's economy.

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