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September 27, 2018

KC CARE receives federal grant award to expand access to behavioral health and substance use disorder services

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Kansas City, September 27, 2018:  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded over $396 million to combat the opioid crisis by funding community health centers to expand access to integrated substance use disorder and mental health services.  Through this funding, KC CARE Health Center received an award of $285,000 to implement and advance evidence-based strategies to provide treatment for substance use disorder and other mental health needs in Kansas City

“We are thrilled to receive HRSA funds to aid our support of those seeking assistance with behavioral health and substance use-related conditions. These funds will support expansion in staffing and program scope, most notably to provide medication assisted treatment of substance use disorders (MAT) beginning in 2019,” said Jason Swartwood, KC CARE Director of Behavioral Health. The impact of these funds will be seen beyond the development of MAT, as this grant will help to strengthen current operations devoted to providing accessible, affordable, high-quality services for our patients.

KC CARE Behavioral Health Services include Therapy, Psychiatry, Substance Use Disorder Counseling and Non-Medication Pain Management.

About KC CARE Health Center:

KC CARE Health Center offers quality, affordable, integrated health services to everyone in the community with the promise of dignity and personalized care. KC CARE Health Center (formerly Kansas City CARE Clinic) is one of the oldest and largest charitable care clinics in the nation. Now a Federally Qualified Health Center and Patient-Centered Medical Home, KC CARE’s clinical services include primary care for adults and children, HIV primary care and support services, oral healthcare, and behavioral healthcare. Our core services are enhanced by case management, care coordination, community screenings and health education. With a staff of nearly 170 and more than 700 dedicated volunteers, KC CARE provides healthcare, education, and support for nearly 21,000 individuals through more than 93,000 annual encounters. The mission of KC CARE is to promote health and wellness by providing quality care, access, research, and education to the underserved and all people in our community. KC CARE is the heart of community healthcare.

For more information, please visit www.kccare.org

Media Contacts

Doug Day, Chief Marketing and Development Officer

816.777.2762 | dougd@kccare.org 

HRSA Office of Communications

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