NEWPORT — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded nearly $400 million to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.
This announcement comes during Lincoln Community Health Center’s celebration of National Health Center Week. LCHC was one of 27 health centers in Oregon to receive one of these grants in the amount of $167,000 for 2019-2020.
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.
LCHC Executive Director Rebecca McBee-Wilson shared her excitement about this announcement.
“With this funding, we plan on hiring another counselor who will be able to go out into the community to help people with substance use and mental health issues,” said McBee-Wilson. “We appreciate this opportunity to further expand our services in Lincoln County.”
The awards support HHS's Five-Point Opioid Strategy. The number of patients receiving medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, for opioid addiction at HRSA-funded health centers increased 142 percent from 2016 to 2018 and, the number of patients receiving buprenorphine, a common form of MAT, has increased 28 percent.
To learn more about RCORP, and to view the lists of recipients visit: https://www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/rcorp
— Lincoln County Health and Human Services