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September 2018

Last week, Mountain Valleys Health Centers (MVHC), was awarded $1,035,000 in opioid specific grants to help combat the crisis ravaging the region.

MVHC was one of 1,232 community health centers across the nation to receive funding from the $352 million awarded to increase access to substance use disorder and mental health services through the Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services. The $285,000 grant will support the renovation of the Weed Health Center to expand behavioral health services as well as furnish the behavioral health suites in the almost completed Fall River Valley Health Center.

MVHC also is one of two organizations in the state and one of 26 in the nation to receive $750,000 over the next three years as part of the $6.5 million the expanded Rural Health Opioid Program. The funding will continue to support the collaborative work initiated by the CA299 Health Collaborative, a network of health care providers in the rural counties of Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, and Siskiyou Counties. The program will expand the integration of behavioral health services into the primary care setting in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties, expand the implementation of the health information exchange, and support service expansion within the region for behavioral health clients through need identification and collaborative partnerships. And lastly, the program will enable the region’s health care providers to develop a regional approach to pain management and medication procedures to assure the best outcomes for the patients and support expanded full-scope care management.

“We are very fortunate to have received these grant funds and through the hard work of all our clinic staff we will be able to make a real difference for those in our communities suffering from mental health and substance use disorder,” said Dave Jones, Mountain Valleys Health Centers’ CEO.

Eileen Tremaine, MPA, will remain as Network Director, and Raymond Mandel, Behavioral Health Director for MVHC, will take the lead on the Rural Health Opioid Program and will oversee the day-to-day management of the program which will include the following member organizations:

  • Mountain Valleys Health Centers
  • Canby Family Practice Clinic
  • Last Frontier Hospital District (Modoc Medical Center)
  • Mayers Memorial Hospital District
  • Goose Lake Medical Clinic
  • Fairchild Medical Center
  • Mercy Mount Shasta Medical Center

MVHC’s grants are a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awards of  over $1 billion in opioid-specific grants to help combat the crisis ravaging our country. The awards support HHS’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy, which was launched last year and enhanced this week. New data unveiled recently by HHS suggests that efforts are now yielding progress at the national level.

“Addressing the opioid crisis with all the resources possible and the best science we have is a top priority for President Trump and for everyone at HHS,” said Secretary Alex Azar. “The more than $1 billion in additional funding that we provided this week will build on progress we have seen in tackling this epidemic through empowering communities and families on the frontlines.”

“This week, HHS updated its strategic framework for tackling the opioid crisis, which uses science as a foundation for our comprehensive strategy,” said Admiral Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health and Senior Advisor for Opioid Policy. “With these new funds, states, tribes, and communities across America will be able to advance our strategy and continue making progress against this crisis.”