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Rural Opioid Grantees Convene

FORHP's Bill England, at left, told visiting providers that the agency funds 14 telehealth resource centers nationwide that can help them integrate remote care into their rehab programs. Said the rural office's Michael Blodgett: Telehealth "has led to significant ... outcomes among rural populations in recovery."
FORHP's Bill England, at left, told visiting providers that the agency funds 14 telehealth resource centers nationwide that can help them integrate remote care into their rehab programs. Said the rural office's Michael Blodgett: Telehealth "has led to significant ... outcomes among rural populations in recovery."

 

HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas  (center) told rural grantees on Aug. 14 that they are central to agency efforts to "respond to the care and treatment needs of individuals with opioid use disorder," calling the crisis "a national issue with tremendous negative impact for rural communities."
HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas (center) told rural grantees that they are central to agency efforts to "respond to the care and treatment needs of individuals with opioid use disorder," calling the crisis "a national issue with tremendous negative impact for rural communities."

 

"We are looking closely at issues around life expectancy and mortality rates in rural communities. We know there are several factors contributing to these rates, including drug use, chronic disease, poverty and limited access to basic health care services."

Under the Rural Health Opioid Program, Dr. Sigounas noted, nearly $2.5 million was awarded last year to ten organizations to actively seek out  people suffering from opioid misuse disorder. Grantees were also expected to improve patients' odds of success by setting up community consortiums that prepare them to start treatment and support them with care coordination, behavioral counselling and peer support.

This year, Dr. Sigounas said, funding for the initiative is expected to more than triple to 36 grantees and $9 million.

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Date Last Reviewed:  August 2018