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Blunt-Backed Program Invests Nearly $1 Million to Improve Ten School-Based Health Centers in Missouri

February 05, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), commended the Health Resources and Services Administration’s announcement that it has awarded $918,184 to increase access to mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity-related services at ten school-based health centers in Missouri. The grant funding, which Blunt secured, will be used to improve existing health centers and purchase new equipment.

“Many families rely on school-based health centers for the wide range of services, from dental and primary care to behavioral health treatment and more,” said Blunt. “I’ve seen firsthand how these health centers can make a huge difference in the lives of students and their families, especially in underserved areas. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I’ll continue prioritizing resources for programs that increase access to affordable, quality health care for children and all Missourians.”

As Labor/HHS chairman, Blunt has prioritized community health center funding. In addition, as co-chair of the Community Health Center Caucus, Blunt successfully led efforts to increase funding for community health centers. The grants listed below are part of the funding Blunt secured in the FY 2019 Labor/HHS funding bill, which was signed into law in September 2018.

Organization
 City
Award Amount
Betty Jean Kerr People's Health Centers
 St. Louis
 $100,000
Community Health Center of Central Missouri
 Linn
 $100,000
Great Mines Health Center
 Potosi
 $99,537
Kennett School District #39
 Kennett
 $91,205
Ozarks Resource Group
 Hermitage
 $37,520
Plato School District
 Plato
 $100,000
Preferred Family Healthcare 
 Kirksville
 $93,800
Richland Medical Center
 Richland
 $100,000
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
 Kansas City
 $96,122
Truman Medical Center
 Kansas City
 $100,000


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