Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of an award of $288,750 from the Fiscal Year 2018 Expanding Access to Quality Substance Abuse Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA). Funding will be used to support and expand staffing in its SUD and behavioral health departments with a goal of increasing the number of MAT and BH patients served.
This funding awarded a total of $352,289,768 to 1,232 health centers nationwide to implement and advance evidence-based strategies to expand access to integrated substance abuse disorder and mental health services, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services. The awards support HHS’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy, which launched in 2017 to empower local communities on the frontlines of the national crisis. These funds will make a significant impact in furthering community-driven efforts to reduce opioid use and increase access to mental health access, and builds upon HHS’s 2017 investment of $200 million to 1,178 community health center access the U.S. to increase access to SUD and mental health services.
Toni McGuire, President/CEO at Kennedy CHC, states, “federally qualified community health centers, like Kennedy CHC, always stand ready to address any community or public health crisis. This funding allows us to continue to integrate, meet and expand the behavioral health of our patients in the primary care setting and we look forward to enhancing our work in the Central MA and MetroWest regions.”
The mission of Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (Kennedy CHC) is to “help people live healthier lives.” We believe that everyone has a right to accessible, high quality, comprehensive, integrated and compassionate health care. As a community health center, Kennedy CHC has always provided comprehensive care to its patients, who are at disparate risk for chronic disease and poor health outcomes. Our vision is to be a constantly growing, financially sound, Federally Qualified Community Health Center that:
- efficiently delivers high quality, accessible primary care services.
- becomes the health care home and provider choice of all our patients.
- achieves excellence in outcomes with our patients as partners.
- remains at the forefront of innovative health care practices.