On September 19, HealthLinc was named as a recipient of the Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) award by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  The award will allow HealthLinc to expand access to quality integrated mental health services, with a focus on conditions that increase risk for, or co-occur with Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Use Disorder.

“HealthLinc is committed to battling this horrific epidemic that is ravaging our communities,” states Beth Wrobel, HealthLinc CEO.  “This award will provide the necessary resources for us to confront the problem, head-on.  It will enable us to expand our behavioral health care team, build a training center for staff, educate and inform our patients, and develop strategies and programs that will result in positive and concrete changes for those most affected.”

HRSA awarded over $396 million nationally to community health centers, academic institutions, and rural organizations to combat the opioid crisis. The awards support HHS’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy, which launched last year to empower local communities on the frontlines of the national epidemic.

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly said, “This critical grant funding will help HealthLinc continue its work addressing the opioid epidemic in Indiana. Like so many Hoosier health organizations, HealthLinc is an invaluable partner as we work at every level to fight this public health crisis.  I will continue my bipartisan work to bring resources to Indiana for this effort because any life lost to an overdose is one too many.”

In Indiana specifically, HRSA awarded $6 million to 22 community health centers through the Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) program. 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.

“I congratulate Chief Executive Officer Beth Wrobel and all of the leaders and employees of HealthLinc for successfully identifying and obtaining this federal resource.  Your community health center is an invaluable resource for countless individuals throughout our region, and I am pleased that this grant will further assist your essential services.” states Representative Pete Visclosky (IN-1).

“Community health centers play a vital role in providing Hoosiers quality, affordable health care and fighting the opioid epidemic that has had such a devastating impact. These critical resources will help community health centers enhance their substance use disorder and mental health services and empower their dedicated staff and volunteers to find the solutions our communities need. I am grateful for HealthLinc’s continued efforts to serve Hoosiers, and I am committed to working with them to advance community-driven solutions to end the opioid crisis,” states Representative Jackie Walorski (IN-2).

For more information about HealthLinc and the 2018 Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Award, contact Brandi Anstine at [email protected].

HealthLinc, Inc. (www.healthlincchc.org) is a not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that provides primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services to people of all ages regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. HealthLinc clinics are located in Valparaiso, Valparaiso Porter-Starke Services, Michigan City, Knox, Mishawaka, and East Chicago, and accept Medicare, Medicaid, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), some commercial insurance plans, and uninsured patients on a sliding-fee scale based on their income.