HHS NEWS — Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today $250,000 in Affordable Care Act funding to support a health center in Nevada to establish or expand behavioral health services for 36,600 Nevadans.
Nationally, HHS awarded $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 221 health centers in 47 states and Puerto Rico to establish or expand behavioral health services for over 450,000 people. Health centers will use these new funds for efforts such as hiring new mental health professionals, adding mental health and substance use disorder health services, and employing integrated models of primary care.
“These awards will further reduce the barriers that too often prevent Nevadans from getting the help they need for mental health problems,” said Secretary Burwell. “Health centers in Nevada with these awards are on the front lines of better integrating mental health into primary care and improving access to care through the Affordable Care Act.”
The Affordable Care Act expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits for approximately 60 million Americans nationwide, including 550,516 Nevadans. Today’s announcement gives those with newly expanded health coverage additional opportunities to access high quality care.
“These Affordable Care Act funds will enable community health centers to better meet the needs of people with mental health conditions in communities across Nevada,” said Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.
Today, nearly 4 health centers operate more than 28 service delivery sites that provide care to over 62,284 patients in Nevada. Nationally, nearly 1,300 health centers operate more than 9,200 service delivery sites that provide care to over 21.7 million patients in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. In 2013, health centers saw over 1.2 million behavioral health patients nationwide.
For a list of awardees, please see: www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2014tables/behavioralhealth/.
To learn more about the Affordable Care Act and Community Health Centers, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/healthcenterfactsheet.pdf.
To learn more about HRSA’s Community Health Center Program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html.
To find a health center in your area, visit http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov.