Senators announce over $2 million in opioid, behavioral health services for area health centers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) on Tuesday announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded community health centers across central Illinois a total of $2,169,000 through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) Program and the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program.

Community health centers are community-based organizations that improve access to affordable, high-quality health care in underserved urban and rural communities by integrating primary health care with pharmacy, mental health, substance abuse, and oral health services.

“Community health centers serve a vital function across our state, providing affordable, comprehensive health care to more than one million Illinoisans every year,” said Durbin. “Federal investments in our health centers give them certainty to plan for the future and enable patients to access the care they need. Senator Duckworth and I will continue fighting for this important funding.”

“Every Illinoisan, no matter their zip code, deserves the same access to quality health services,” Duckworth said. “This funding is critical for community health centers across Illinois and will help provide necessary, affordable care to thousands of families while also helping to stem the opioid crisis. Senator Durbin and I will keep supporting these important community health centers throughout our state.”

Under this announcement, the following area organizations will receive funding to combat the opioid crisis from HRSA’s Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) Program:

• Cass County (Virginia): $167,000
• Central Counties Health Centers, Inc (Springfield): $167,000
• Chestnut Health Systems, Inc. (Bloomington): $167,000
• Community Health Improvement Center (Decatur): $167,000
• Heartland Community Health Clinic (Peoria): $167,000
• Promise Health Care NFP (Champaign): $167,000
• Southern Illinois University (Springfield): $167,000

Illinois community health centers currently provide primary health care services to approximately 1.4 million Illinois residents.

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