Valparaiso, IN – Monday, November 10, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that $51.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding has been awarded to support 210 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This funding is to be used to expand or establish behavioral health services for nearly 440,000 people across the nation.
As a result of this funding, HealthLinc has received a two-year grant for Integrated Behavioral Health that includes funding to continue a successful model of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) that is used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. The grant will also fund the implementation of tele-behavioral health.
“I commend HealthLinc for their commitment to integrating behavioral health and substance abuse detection into their delivery of primary health services. This innovative approach of treating the whole patient, valuing mental and physical health equally, will undoubtedly improve wellness across our communities,” said Congressman Pete Visclosky.
HealthLinc strives to care for and treat the body as a whole, and works with mental health partners in each of the communities they serve in order to provide overall comprehensive care for their patients.
“We are excited to implement tele-behavioral health,” said HealthLinc CEO Beth Wrobel. “We know that this will provide greater access to quality behavioral health for all of our patients, and we are grateful for this opportunity that was provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration.”
For more information about HealthLinc, please contact us today at 1-888-580-1060.
HealthLinc, Inc. (www.healthlincchc.org) is a not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that provides primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services to people of all ages regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. HealthLinc clinics are located in Valparaiso, Valparaiso Porter-Starke Services, Michigan City, Knox, Mishawaka, and East Chicago, and accept Medicare, Medicaid, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), some commercial insurance plans, and uninsured patients on a sliding-fee scale based on their income.