The current opioid crisis affecting Americans across the country is reaching a staggering level and has grown into a true public health crisis over the past few years. According to The New York Times, public health officials are calling the current opioid epidemic the worst drug crisis in American history, killing more than 33,000 people in 2015. Overdose deaths were nearly equal to the number of deaths from car crashes, and in 2015, for the first time, deaths from heroin alone surpassed gun homicides.
Health centers across the nation have been calling for the federal government to take action and in a direct response to this devastating crisis, HRSA announced last week is it awarding $200 million to health centers across the nation to tackle mental health and fight the opioid overdose crisis. These funds, titled the Access Increases for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (AIMS) Awards, are awarded to support and foster services focused on the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse in the primary care setting by increasing personnel, leveraging health information technology, and providing training.
The funds are a part of HRSA’s five-point strategy to tackle the ongoing epidemic:
- Improving access to treatment and recovery services.
- Targeting use of overdose-reversing drugs.
- Strengthening our understanding of the epidemic through better public health surveillance.
- Providing support for cutting-edge research on pain and addiction.
- Advancing better practices for pain management.
TeleQuality is excited to announce and recognize the following customers who received these grant funds:
- Bayou La Batre Area Health Development Board, Inc. (AL)- $175,700
- Cahaba Medical Care Foundation (AL)- $175,700
- Capstone Rural Health Center (AL)- $175,700
- Quality of Life Health Services (AL)- $175,700
- Rural Health Medical Program (AL)- $175,700
- East Arkansas Family Health Center (AR)- $175,701
- Mainline Health Systems (AR)- $175,700
- Adelante Healthcare (AZ)- $175,700
- Canyonlands Community Health Care (AZ)- $175,700
- North Country Health Care (AZ)- $175,700
- Valle del Sol (AZ)- $175,700
- Hill Country Community Clinic (CA)- )- $175,700
- Mendocino Coast Clinics (CA)- )- $175,700
- Omni Family Health (CA)- )- $175,701
- Shingletown Medical Center (CA)- )- $175,700
- Valley Wide Health Systems (CO)- $175,700
- Rural Health Care, Inc./Azalea Health (FL)- $175,700
- Health West, Inc. (ID)- $175,700
- Valley Family Health Care (ID)- $175,700
- Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center (IL)- $175,700
- Grace Community Health Center (KY)- $175,700
- Claiborne County Family Health Center (MS)- $175,700
- Family Health Center (MS)- $175,700
- Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center (MS)- $175,700
- North Mississippi Primary Health Care (MS)- $125,700
- Las Clinicas del Norte (NM)- $175,700
- Community and Rural Health Services (OH)- $175,700
- Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization (OH)- $175,700
- Hardeman County Community Health Center (TN)- $175,700
- Hardin County/Lifespan Health (TN)- $175,700
- Maury Regional Hospital (TN)- $175,700
- Cross Timbers Health Clinics (TX)- $175,701
- Community Health Centers of South Central Texas (TX)- $175,700
- Frontera Healthcare Network (TX)- $175,700
- Vida Y Salud Health System (TX)- $175,700
- Clay-Battelle Health Services (WV)- $133,300
- Community Care of West Virginia (WV)- $175,700
- Monroe County Health (WV)- $175,700
- St. George Medical Clinic (WV)- $175,698
For a full list of grant recipients, visit https://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/aims/fy2017awards/index.html.
For HRSA’s full press release on the grants, visit https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2017/09/14/hrsa-awards-200-million-to-health-centers-nationwide.html.