As we head into the final month of 2017, our advocacy to deliver the Health Center message to Congress loudly and persistently has never been more important. Congress returned to work this week and is facing a long to do list of “must-pass” items before the end of the year. One such item is the long-overdue extension of funding for Community Health Centers and other key programs like the National Health Service Corps and the Teaching Health Centers Program.
As Congress begins their work for the remaining month of 2017, we want to make sure you as Advocates are informed and have the latest updates from Capitol Hill. Here is what we can share as of today:
Today, we urge Health Center Advocates to stay engaged and contact your Senate offices! The message remains simple - ask your Senators to act immediately to fix to the Health Centers Funding Cliff, you can ask them to include the Health Center Cliff fix as a part of the earliest available legislative vehicle, which right now appears to be the Continuing Resolution (CR) that must pass by December 8th.
Keep up to date at http://www.hcadvocacy.org/
Innovative grant will support expansion of vital behavioral health services at center
To support its ongoing efforts to help those struggling with behavioral health issues related to the opioid epidemic, Indian Stream Health Center has received a major grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
“This is an important grant for our organization,” said Jonathan Brown, CEO, Indian Stream Health Center (ISHC). “It is part of a major national grant to health centers across the United States to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services.”
According to HRSA, the overall grant is approximately $200 million and will support 1,178 health centers to support expansion and integration of mental health services and substance abuse services. These services 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.