Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the availability of $13 million in funding to increase access to behavioral health care services and address health inequities in rural America, including through evidence-based, trauma-informed treatment for substance use disorder.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has caused behavioral health challenges for Americans of all ages and backgrounds," said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. "This investment is part of the Biden-Harris Administration's efforts to address the inequities that still exist surrounding behavioral health and advance care in rural America. It will support comprehensive behavioral health prevention, treatment, harm reduction and recovery interventions in rural communities – furthering the goals of our new overdose prevention strategy."
HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will make awards through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) - Behavioral Health Care Support. Eligible applicants include entities such as Rural Health Clinics, federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations, and community- and faith-based organizations.
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Marvin Figueroa, DirectorOffice of Intergovernmental and External AffairsU.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesWashington, D.C.