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NEWS RELEASE:  9/18/2017

  

HRSA Awards $200MM to FQHCs to Tackle Behavioral Health & the Opioid Crisis

  

On September 15, 2017, HHS’ HRSA awarded more than $200MM to 1,178 FQHCs throughout the country to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services, and specifically to fight the opioid crisis.  Contemporary Health Care, Inc. (EXEC) was responsible for 5 of these Access Increases in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (AIMS) awards in multiple states.  Renee, Richard, and Larry worked exclusively on ensuring that these applications were responsive to HRSA guidance and that the health centers could implement successful strategies in response to significant need.

 

“No corner of our country, from rural areas to urban centers, has escaped the scourge of the opioid crisis,” said HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D. and that is what CHCI echoed in its successful applications. Despite the stigma surrounding drug addiction, the opioid crisis touches a wide-range of the population, including people with stable lives, jobs, families, and workplaces. No demographic is unaffected because opioid addiction doesn’t typically originate on the streets or with recreational use. It most often begins in the physician’s office.

 

The need to start to expand mental health and substance abuse services and integrate them with primary care services is critical with a specific focus on treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse.  Secretary Price, “…These grants from HRSA go directly to local organizations, which are best situated to address substance abuse and mental health issues in their own communities.”  EXEC’s successful applications focused on the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse in the FQHC primary care setting by increasing personnel, leveraging health information technology, and providing training – with specific strategies on fighting the opioid epidemic. 

 

CHCI congratulates all those health centers that received awards as FQHCs are on the frontlines of the healthcare delivery system for primary care, mental health, and substance abuse, including the opioid epidemic. 

 

 

 

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