Funding Support from Washington
Lamprey Health Care was recently awarded $285,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) to expand access to Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services in response to the national opioid crisis.
“We will be developing a nurse training program to improve and enhance skill sets in the delivery of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to individuals with substance use disorder,” said Gregory White, Chief Executive Officer. Recruitment and retention of qualified substance use disorder professional have been a challenge for care providers across the state. White continued, “The training program will be through the Southern NH Area Health Education Center so providers throughout the area will be able to benefit from the program.”
Announced as part of $396 million in awards HHS made last week, the funds are in support of the agency’s Five Point Opioid Strategy. “HRSA is committed to fighting this crisis by supporting our grantees with resources, technical assistance, and training to integrate behavioral health care services into practice settings and communities,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas MS, Ph.D. “These funds enable HRSA grantees to continue to implement or expand substance use disorder and mental health services across the Nation.”
In addition to the training program, Lamprey Health Care will implement a Telehealth program. According to White, “Staffing and access for SUD services are ongoing challenges. As care providers, we have to respond to these challenges to make sure patients can access services. The stakes are too high.”
Beyond Lamprey Health Care
In addition to Lamprey Health Care, another eight Federally Qualified Health Centers received funding including: Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Coos County Family Health Services, Goodwin Community Health, Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center, Health Care for the Homeless Program, HealthFirst Family Care Center, Manchester Community Health Center; and Mid-State Community Health.