March 14, 2016 (WGVU Radio) – A number of community health centers in Michigan, including one in Grand Rapids, are getting a share of more than $3.4 million in federal funding to improve and expand access to substance abuse services.
“It’s only about one in every six federally qualified health centers that were awarded the grant, So you never know when it’s that competitive.”
Only one in every six qualified health centers are getting this funding… so this grant comes as good news for Cherry Health.
“We have pretty extensive involvement in substance abuse services to date, probably much more so than other community health centers. So this will allow us to do appropriate screening so that those who need substance abuse services can get them.”
For its part, Cherry Health CEO, Chris Shea, says they are getting 352-thousand dollars in all. Funds he says will definitely help, as there is a critical need.
“In talking in health care circles, if there’s anyone topic, it’s the opioid epidemic. So it’s a very pressing health care concern.”