The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded more than $200 million in supplemental funding to 1,178 health centers and 13 rural health organizations in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services. Read the HHS Press Release. Congratulations to the many OCHIN member health centers that received an award.
Health centers will use this money to support expansion and integration of mental health and substance abuse services. This funding supports services that focus on the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse in the primary care setting by increasing personnel, leveraging health information technology, and providing training.
An additional nearly $3.3 million supports 13 rural health organizations to increase access to treatment and recovery services for opioid abuse under the Rural Health Opioid Program (RHOP) and the Substance Abuse Treatment Telehealth Network Grant Program (SAT -TNGP). The organizations will use these awards to advance evidence-based, opioid use disorder interventions to overcome challenges in rural communities, such as longer emergency response times and lack of access to substance abuse treatment providers.
HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas discusses the role of health centers in the fight against the opioid epidemic in the HHS Blog.
If your health center received a Fiscal Year 2017 Access Increases in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, or AIMS, supplemental funding award, please view HRSA’s technical assistance webpage for a brief video and other resources.