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HHS Announces Availability of $13 Million to Increase Behavioral Health Care Access in Rural Communities - 1/18/22

  • 1.  HHS Announces Availability of $13 Million to Increase Behavioral Health Care Access in Rural Communities - 1/18/22

    National Council Staff
    Posted 01-18-2022 14:55
    Dear Association Executives - Below from HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) please find an announcement on a funding opportunity for members providing substance use treatment services in rural areas. Please feel free to share this with your members. Please also do not hesitate to let us know if you have questions or if additional information would be helpful.

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    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.

    For more information, please see the materials below:


    Marvin Figueroa, Director
    Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Washington, D.C.

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    Neal Comstock
    Director of Membership
    National Council
    NealC@TheNationalCouncil.org
    202 748-8793
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