Two Douglas County health clinics have received grants from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to expand access to their services.

Umpqua Community Health Center in north Roseburg, was awarded $175,700 to expand mental health and substance abuse services as one of 1,178 health centers to receive this funding nationwide.

The South River Community Health Center in Winston, a patient centered primary care home, serving the greater Winston area, was awarded $170,321 by the H.R.S.A. to expand access to mental health and substance abuse services focusing on the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse.

The UCHC grant includes one-time funding and continuing support for expanded mental health and substance abuse services to be offered to Douglas County residents through UCHC clinics in Sutherlin, Winston, Myrtle Creek, Glide and he headquarters clinic on Kenneth Ford Drive in the non-profit campus across from Costco in north Roseburg.

This year, UCHC expects to provide more than 40,000 patient encounters across the four clinics and its school-based health center at Roseburg High School.

The awards, called the 2017 Access Increases in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, provide more than $200 million to health centers to increase personnel, leverage health information technology and provide training to support the expansion of mental health services and substance abuse services. They will focus on the treatment, prevention and awareness of opioid abuse, and their integration into primary care.

HRSA officials say substance use and mental health disorders have life-long, costly effects on patients, their families, and communities and despite being treatable, a gap remains between the services available and the number of patients receiving needed services.

For more information about the integrating mental health and substance abuse services at the community level, and a list of FY 2017 AIMS award recipients, visit: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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