WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that 15 community health centers located in Alabama have received a total of $4,038,000 in federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support increased treatment and prevention for opioid and substance abuse.
“It is of the utmost importance that we work to fund the fight against the national opioid crisis,” said Senator Shelby. “Nearly every county in Alabama is affected by this growing problem. These HHS grants will allow community health centers across the state to provide treatment to patients with opioid and substance abuse and support addiction prevention programs, helping our communities tackle this widespread epidemic.”
These grants will impact community health centers in the following areas of the state: Bayou La Batre, Birmingham, Centreville, Gadsden, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Parrish, Selma, Scottsboro, Troy, and Tuscaloosa.
On September 19, HHS awarded nearly $352 million to 1,232 community health centers across the nation, including the 15 in Alabama, through the Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) awards. The SUD-MH awards support health centers in implementing and advancing evidence-based strategies that best meet the substance use disorder and mental health needs of the populations they serve.
The following 15 community health centers in Alabama will receive $4,038,000 in grant funding:
- Bayou La Batre Area Health Development Board, Inc., Bayou La Batre – $285,000
- Christ Health Center, Inc., Birmingham – $285,000
- Alabama Regional Medical Services, Birmingham – $285,000
- Aletheia House, Inc., Birmingham – $201,750
- Cahaba Medical Care Foundation, Centreville – $296,000
- Quality of Life Services, Inc., Gadsden – $293,000
- Central North Alabama Health, Huntsville – $285,000
- Health Services, Inc., Montgomery – $285,000
- Franklin Primary Health Center, Inc., Mobile – $285,000
- Mobile County Health Department, Mobile – $285,000
- Capstone Rural Health Center, Parrish – $287,250
- Rural Health Medical Program, Inc., Selma – $285,000
- Northeast Alabama Health Services, Inc., Scottsboro – $110,000
- S.E. Alabama Rural Health Associates, Troy – $285,000
- Whatley Health Services, Inc., Tuscaloosa – $285,000
Earlier this week, Senator Shelby voted to pass “The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018,” which was a bipartisan effort of over 70 U.S. Senators and includes proposals from the Senate Committees on: Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Finance; Judiciary; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. The legislation would improve detection of illegal drugs at the border, improves the sharing of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs data between states, and aims to reduce the use and supply of dangerous drugs.