Alabama community health centers receive $4M in critical opioid treatment grants

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Community health centers across the state are receiving federal grants to support increased treatment and prevention for opioid and substance abuse.

Sen. Richard Shelby made the announcement Thursday that 15 centers would receive a total of $4,038,000 in federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“It is of the utmost importance that we work to fund the fight against the national opioid crisis,” said 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:

  1. Bayou La Batre Area Health Development Board, Inc., Bayou La Batre – $285,000
  2. Christ Health Center, Inc., Birmingham – $285,000
  3. Alabama Regional Medical Services, Birmingham – $285,000
  4. Aletheia House, Inc., Birmingham – $201,750
  5. Cahaba Medical Care Foundation, Centreville – $296,000
  6. Quality of Life Services, Inc., Gadsden – $293,000
  7. Central North Alabama Health, Huntsville – $285,000
  8. Health Services, Inc., Montgomery – $285,000
  9. Franklin Primary Health Center, Inc., Mobile – $285,000
  10. Mobile County Health Department, Mobile – $285,000
  11. Capstone Rural Health Center, Parrish – $287,250
  12. Rural Health Medical Program, Inc., Selma – $285,000
  13. Northeast Alabama Health Services, Inc., Scottsboro – $110,000
  14. S.E. Alabama Rural Health Associates, Troy – $285,000
  15. Whatley Health Services, Inc., Tuscaloosa – $285,000