Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that 17 community health centers in Maine will receive a total of $4,980,138 through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) awards. This funding will better equip health centers to help individuals and families overcome substance use disorders and improve mental health.
“The opioid epidemic has already harmed far too many families and communities in Maine and throughout the country” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “Community health centers are on the front lines in fighting this epidemic. We are pleased that this funding will support their mission to help those struggling with addiction and other mental health disorders.”
The HRSA funding will be awarded as follows:
· Sacopee Valley Health Center in Parsonsfield will receive $308,500.
· Fish River Rural Health in Eagle Lake will receive $285,000.
· Katahdin Valley Health Center in Patten will receive $285,000.
· Sebasticook Family Doctors in Newport will receive $285,000.
· Portland Community Health Center will receive $293,750.
· Regional Medical Center at Lubec, Inc. will receive $300,000.
· St. Croix Regional Family Health Center in Princeton will receive $289,250.
· Bucksport Regional Health Center will receive $261,388.
· DFD Russell Medical Center in Leeds will receive $285,000.
· Healthreach Community Health Centers in Waterville will receive $391,000.
· Health Access Network, Inc. in Lincoln will receive $297,250
· Penobscot Community Health Center, Inc. in Bangor will receive $388,250.
· Islands Community Medical Services, Inc. in Vinalhaven will receive $292,250.
· Pines Health Services in Caribou will receive $142,000.
· Maine Migrant Programs, Inc. in Augusta will receive $285,000
· Harrington Family Health Center will receive $285,000
· York County Community Action Corporation in Sanford will receive $306,500
The purpose of SUD-MH funding is to support health centers in implementing and advancing evidence-based strategies to: 1) Expand access to quality integrated substance use disorder prevention and treatment services, including those addressing opioid use disorder, to best meet the health needs of the population served by the health center; and 2) Expand access to quality integrated mental health services, with a focus on conditions that increase risk for, or co-occur with substance use disorder.