|Seventeen Michigan Organizations Receive Funding to Assist in Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Michigan|
|Recently, 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. Seventeen Michigan organizations were recipients of this funding. 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.
“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.”
The funding package included 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. MI recipients include:
Click here to view a full list of Michigan IBHS award recipients.
In addition to HRSA’s investments in community health centers, HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awarded more than $111 million to 96 rural organizations across 37 states as part of its Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiative. These funds 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.
The Michigan Center for Rural Health and the Michigan Rural EMS Network were awarded $1 million each to implement prevention, treatment, and recovery activities. In addition, McKenzie Health System, was awarded $725,000 to expand Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) under the RCORP- MAT Expansion Program.
To learn more about RCORP, and to view the lists of recipients, click here.
HRSA also awarded 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 workforce investments help clinicians to provide integrated behavioral health care and treatment services in underserved communities.
Wayne State University and Western Michigan University were awarded the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) Professionals funding and the VHS Children’s Hospital of Michigan was awarded funding from the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program.