New HRSA Funding Available for Substance Use and Mental Health Services

By Kevin Geoffroy, Chief of Staff

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced that $350 million in supplemental funding is available to current Health Center Program award recipients for evidence-based approaches to expanding access to integrated Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services.

This new funding supports HHS’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy, which launched last year to help communities take on the opioid crisis. Funding is available to Federally Qualified Health Centers for:

  • Personnel to support expanded access to SUD and MH services
  • Reporting Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) patients for UDS
  • Expanded SUD and MH services, including equipment

HRSA will be reaching out to eligible health centers, and applications for funding are due through HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks on July 16 at 5:00 pm ET. Awards are expected in September.

As part of this funding, clinics may need OCHIN’s assistance to add new departments and other technical capabilities to support increased access. If you could let us know what you are planning through this short 4 question survey, it will help us plan the resources needed to support your work. If you’d like to explore options with us – please reach out, we’re happy to discuss.

Learn more about this funding opportunity on the HRSA website.