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Blunt Announces $3.9 Million Grant to Expand Access to Programs for Mental Health, Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

September 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Health and Human Services, today announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded Missouri $3,970,840 in grant funding to expand access to programs focused on opioid use disorder and mental health treatment.

“In 2015, more than 1,000 Missourians died from a lethal drug overdose, more than triple the number of overdose deaths in 1999,” Blunt said. “Addiction is treatable, but only around ten percent of those struggling with the disease get the help they need. Missouri’s community health centers are on the front lines when it comes to combating the opioid epidemic, and the grant funding announced today will help them reach more people in need.

As chairman, Blunt set aside $100 million in funding in the FY2017 omnibus appropriations bill, which was signed into law in May, for community health centers to expand mental health and opioid treatment services.

Blunt continued, “In addition, this grant will help community health centers integrate mental and behavioral health services into primary care, an important step toward treating mental and behavioral health like all other health. I will continue leading efforts to ensure health care providers have the resources necessary to expand access to treatment and save lives.” 

The most recent Blunt-led, committee-passed funding bill for FY2018 includes $816 million to help communities address the growing opioid epidemic, which is 14 times more funding than when Blunt took over as Chairman in FY2016 and continues the $100 million set-aside for community health centers.

Click here for the list of organizations receiving new grant funding. 

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