HHS issues $47M for primary care initiatives

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is launching a series of initiatives to assist more than 900 community health centers and community-based organizations to enhance the quality and coordination of healthcare services.

A total of $47 million, made available by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010, was awarded in every state and will seek to help improve quality and access to services for millions of Americans. They will also support better primary care and behavioral health services for people with mental and substance abuse disorders.

“These programs play a crucial role in the national effort to build high quality, comprehensive healthcare for those who need it most,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “With these investments, health centers and other community-based organizations can expand on their efforts to ensure they are able to serve patients in their communities.”

Both the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are releasing awards in an effort to better coordinate care across the healthcare spectrum. HRSA will be releasing $32 million to 904 community health centers across the U.S.

SAMHSA is announcing $15 million in grants to support and promote better primary care and behavioral health services for individuals with mental and substance use disorders. These grants are funded by the PPACA’s Prevention and Public Health Fund to improve health status by improving the coordination of healthcare services delivered in publicly funded community-based behavioral health settings, including community mental health centers and public health departments in cities from Anchorage, Alaska, to Norfolk, Va.

A list of grantees receiving Health Center Quality Improvement and Patient Centered Medical Home Supplemental Funding from HRSA is available here.

A list of grantees receiving Primary and Behavioral Health Integration awards from SAMHSA is available here.