The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded nearly $400 million to combat the nation’s opioid crisis this week. The investments will enable HRSA-funded community health centers, rural organizations and academic institutions to establish and expand access to integrated substance use disorder and mental health services.
The awards support HHS’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy, introduced under President Trump in 2017. The number of patients receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction at HRSA-funded health centers increased 142 percent from 2016 to 2018 and, since President Trump took office, the number of patients receiving buprenorphine, a common form of MAT, has increased 28 percent.
As for Georgia, the total Award = $5,495,978 to support 33 health centers
|HEALTH CENTER NAME||CITY||FY19 IBHS AWARD AMOUNT|
|ALBANY AREA PRIMARY HEALTH CARE, INC||ALBANY||$167,000|
|ATHENS NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CENTER||ATHENS||$167,000|
|CARECONNECT HEALTH, INC.||RICHLAND||$167,000|
|CENTER FOR PANASIAN COMMUNITY SERVICES INC||ATLANTA||$167,000|
|CHRIST COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES AUGUSTA, INC.||AUGUSTA||$152,000|
|COASTAL COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES, INC.||BRUNSWICK||$167,000|
|COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS INC||WRIGHTSVILLE||$167,000|
|COMMUNITY HEALTH, GEORGIA DEPT OF||ATLANTA||$167,000|
|CURTIS V COOPER PRIMARY HEALTH CARE INC||SAVANNAH||$167,000|
|DIVERSITY HEALTH CENTER, INC.||LUDOWICI||$167,000|
|EAST GEORGIA HEALTHCARE CENTER, INC.||SWAINSBORO||$167,000|
|FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS OF GEORGIA, INC., THE||ATLANTA||$167,000|
|FIRST CHOICE PRIMARY CARE, INC.||MACON||$167,000|
|FOUR CORNERS PRIMARY CARE CENTERS, INC.||NORCROSS||$167,000|
|GEORGIA HIGHLANDS MEDICAL SERVICE INC||CUMMING||$167,000|
|GEORGIA MOUNTAINS HEALTH SERVICES, INC.||MORGANTON||$167,000|
|GOOD SAMARITAN HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER, INC.||JASPER||$167,000|
|GOOD SAMARITAN HEALTH CENTER OF COBB, INC.||MARIETTA||$167,000|
|HEALTH EDUCATION, ASSESSMENT AND LEADERSHIP, INC.||ATLANTA||$167,000|
|J C LEWIS HEALTH CENTER||SAVANNAH||$167,000|
|MCKINNEY MEDICAL CENTER, INC.||WAYCROSS||$167,000|
|MEDLINK GEORGIA, INC||COLBERT||$167,000|
|MERIDIAN EDUCATION RESOURCE GROUP, INC.||ATLANTA||$167,000|
|NORTH GEORGIA HEALTHCARE CENTER, INC.||RINGGOLD||$167,000|
|OAKHURST MEDICAL CENTERS, INC.||STONE MOUNTAIN||$167,000|
|PALMETTO HEALTH COUNCIL, INC||ATLANTA||$167,000|
|PRIMARY CARE OF SOUTHWEST GEORGIA, INC.||BLAKELY||$167,000|
|PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CENTER OF DADE, INC.||LA FAYETTE||$167,000|
|RECOVERY CONSULTANTS OF ATLANTA, INCORPORATED||DECATUR||$167,000|
|SAINT JOSEPHS MERCY CARE SVCS||ATLANTA||$167,000|
|SOUTH CENTRAL PRIMARY CARE CENTER, INC.||OCILLA||$167,000|
|SOUTHSIDE MEDICAL CENTER, INC.||ATLANTA||$167,000|
|TENDER CARE CLINIC INC||GREENSBORO||$166,978|
“Health centers and behavioral health providers are on the front lines of the fight against the opioid crisis and substance abuse, especially in rural communities,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “With our evidence-based strategy, HHS is working to support local communities in fighting back against substance abuse, and our united efforts are yielding results. Together, we can end our country’s opioid crisis and lay a foundation for a healthier country where every American can access the mental healthcare they need.”
“HRSA programs play a key role in the Trump Administration’s efforts to battle the nation’s opioid crisis,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Tom Engels. “From implementing and expanding substance use disorder services at HRSA-funded health centers to increasing support and training to our nation’s behavioral health workforce to improving access to treatment in rural areas, today’s announcement demonstrates the Administration’s commitment to ending this crisis.”
HRSA is awarding more than $200 million to 1,208 health centers across the nation to increase access to high quality, integrated behavioral health services, including the prevention or treatment of mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder through the Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) program.
View a list of IBHS award recipients here: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/program-opportunities/funding-opportunities/behavioral-health/awards
In addition to HRSA’s investments in community health centers, HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is awarding more than $111 million to 96 rural organizations across 37 states as part of its Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiative. These funds, which also include an evaluation of the initiative, will strengthen rural communities’ capacity to provide needed SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services and build the evidence base for interventions that are effective in rural settings.
- 80 rural consortia received RCORP-Implementation awards of $1 million each to implement a set of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities.
- 12 recipients received RCORP-Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion awards of up to $725,000 each to establish and/or expand MAT in rural health clinic, hospital, Health Center Look-Alike, and tribal settings.
- Three recipients received $6.6 million each to establish Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders (CoEs) that will identify, translate, disseminate, and implement evidence-based and promising practices related to the treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder (SUD).
To learn more about RCORP, and to view the lists of recipients visit: https://www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/rcorp
HRSA is also awarding nearly $70 million to Opioid Workforce Expansion Programs (OWEP) for Professionals and Paraprofessionals to fund 64 grantees and over $17 million to Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program to fund 49 grantees.
The awards support training across the behavioral health provider spectrum including community health workers, social workers, psychology interns and post-doctoral residents. These programs encourage an integrated approach to training through academic and community partnerships. These workforce investments help clinicians to provide integrated behavioral health care and treatment services in underserved communities.