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New Community Health Center Funding Includes Expanded Behavioral Health Services

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced it will allocate nearly $500 million of Affordable Care Act funding to expand primary care services in community health centers, helping to increase access to behavioral health, medical, oral, pharmacy and vision care services. According to the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, one goal of the funding is to enhance treatment for people with alcohol, substance use and mental health disorders.

“With these awards, health centers will be able to do things like increase their hours of operation, hire more behavioral health providers, add dental facilities, better treat patients with opioid use disorders, and help people get coverage through the health insurance marketplace and make the journey from coverage to primary care,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.