$195M in New Federal Funding Available to Address Mental Health and Substance Abuse
The Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) recently announced that $195 million in new federal funding is available for health centers to increase access to mental health and substance abuse services.
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03), who is focused on ensuring communities in Colorado have the resources they need to fight opioid abuse and provide services to individuals and families impacted by mental illness, encouraged health centers to apply for funding.
“The number one thing I hear in communities that have been impacted by the opioid epidemic is that they need more resources to increase access to both substance abuse treatment and mental health services,” said Tipton. “Colorado’s health care providers are some of the most dedicated in the country, and additional resources will further support their efforts to fight opioid abuse and address mental illness in our communities.”
The $195 million in new funding is part of the Access Increases for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (AIMS) program. Applications for AIMS are due on July 26, 2017. Information about the application process can be found at: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/supplement/.
Additionally, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has announced that $3 million will be available for rural communities wishing to expand opioid-related health care services. Applications for the FORHP program are due on July 21, 2017. Information about the application process can be found at: https://www.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth/.
Tipton’s office is also available to assistant health centers and groups interested in applying for the grants.