FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has awarded a nearly $725,000 grant to Parkview Behavioral Health.
The grant, through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program will allow Parkview to expand opioid treatment programs in rural counties of northeast Indiana.
The goal of the program is to establish an integrated system of Parkview’s Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) clinics, consisting of an urban “hub” and rural “spokes” located throughout northeast Indiana to fight substance abuse disorders, including opioid abuse disorder.
“Access to treatment and recovery programs is vital for anyone who struggles with substance abuse disorder. Expanding our MAT clinic program allows us to reach more people impacted by the opioid epidemic,” said Connie Kerrigan, director of community outreach, Parkview Behavioral Health. “The clinical and social services community in northeast Indiana is united in its focus to provide additional drug prevention and treatment programs, including MAT. We look forward to working with our partners in each county to help rural residents overcome addiction.”
Parkview is one of 12 nationwide grantees who received Rural Communities Opioid Response Program awards from HRSA to establish and/or expand MAT clinics in 2019.
“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.”
The funds from the new HRSA grant will build upon the efforts initiated through the SAMSHA and FSSA-funded programs and, in addition, create collaboration with the court system, jails and community providers in targeted rural counties.
The expansion will begin with Huntington, Wabash and Whitley counties; additional counties are targeted for future expansion programs.
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