RENO, Nev. — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded nearly $1 million in training grants to Nevada to help increase the number of mental health providers and substance abuse counselors statewide.

The $958,000 for Nevada is part of $44.5 million the department announced Thursday to fund 144 new and continuing grants across the country through the Behavioral Health and Workforce Education and Training program.

The program supports clinical internships and field placements for a variety of behavioral health disciplines and occupations.

HHS Secretary Slyvia Burwell says the grants are an important step toward the goal of creating an education pipeline for future providers so that people of all ages can get the care they need and deserve.