The V.I. Health Department has received a $2.2 million federal grant for mental health disaster assistance, but tens of millions more are needed for the Virgin Islands government to construct appropriate facilities that will help address the growing mental health crisis in the territory.

“The Department of Health has been spending funding to send persons off-island for treatment, and that has been because we don’t have a local facility,” said Nicole Syms, deputy commissioner of the Health Department for mental health.

— Contact Suzanne Carlson at 340-714-9122 or email