HHS Awards $31,536,255 to California to Combat the Opioid Crisis
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $31,536,255 to California to combat the opioid crisis. The investments will enable HRSA-funded community health centers, rural organizations and academic institutions supporting residents in California establish and expand access to integrated substance use disorder and mental health services.
The awards support HHS's Five-Point Opioid Strategy, introduced under President Trump in 2017. The number of patients receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction at HRSA-funded health centers increased 142 percent from 2016 to 2018 and, since President Trump took office, the number of patients receiving buprenorphine, a common form of MAT, has increased 28 percent.
“Health centers and behavioral health providers are on the front lines of the fight against the opioid crisis and substance abuse, especially in rural communities,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “With our evidence-based strategy, HHS is working to support local communities in fighting back against substance abuse, and our united efforts are yielding results. Together, we can end our country’s opioid crisis and lay a foundation for a healthier country where every American can access the mental healthcare they need.”
California is receiving $26,203,437 to increase access to high quality, integrated behavioral health services, including the prevention or treatment of mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder through the Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) program. Nationally, HRSA is awarding more than $200 million to 1,208 health in all states through the IBHS program.
View a list of IBHS award recipients here: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/program-opportunities/funding-opportunities/behavioral-health/awards
In addition to HRSA’s investments in community health centers, HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is awarding more than $111 million to 96 rural organizations across 37 states as part of its Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiative. California will receive $1,000,000. These funds, which also include an evaluation of the initiative, will strengthen rural communities’ capacity to provide needed SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services and build the evidence base for interventions that are effective in rural settings.
View the list of RCORP recipients here: https://www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/rcorp
Nationally, HRSA is also awarding nearly $70 million to Opioid Workforce Expansion Programs (OWEP) for Professionals and Paraprofessionals to fund 64 grantees and over $17 million to Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program to fund 49 grantees. California will receive $3,432,819 in OWEP funding and $899,999 in GPE funding.
The awards support training across the behavioral health provider spectrum including community health workers, social workers, psychology interns and post-doctoral residents. These programs encourage an integrated approach to training through academic and community partnerships. These workforce investments help clinicians to provide integrated behavioral health care and treatment services in undeserved communities.
To learn more about HRSA’s work combating the opioid crisis, visit HRSA's Opioid Crisis page at https://www.hrsa.gov/opioids.