The Chestnut Family Health Center now has $200,000 to help patients struggling with opioid addiction. The Health Resources and Services Administration awarded the grant to help fight the crisis in rural areas.
Chestnut Family Health Center is using this money to help patients in “desert” counties where there are few, if any, treatment providers.
Congressman Rodney Davis toured the newly expanded building on Thursday morning and talked to health professionals about how these grants have made a difference. He also sat with them to find out what is still needed to fight opioid addiction.
Joan Hartman, vice president of Behavioral Health, said they have been using funds to the fullest. This includes services to pregnant women and those who recently gave birth, as well as children who are affected by the crisis.
“This FQHC is on the frontlines, right in the most medically underserved area of Bloomington-Normal and that’s what these federal dollars are for, to give treatment to those who need it the most,” said Rep. Davis.
Chestnut is using the grant to create a plan for substance use and disorder treatment services in Clinton, Bond, Jersey, and Montgomery Counties in Southern Illinois.
“I love any opportunities to talk to law makers and grant funders, because I really feel like we are representative of our community,” said Hartman.
Hartman also said that in the future they will need funding to focus on the recovery process. She said it’s important to follow up with patients after treatment to prevent them from relapse.