EUGENE, Ore. - Health clinics in Eugene, Corvallis, Roseburg, Bandon and elsewhere will benefit from $7 million in federal funding intended to expand access to substance abuse and mental health treatment.
Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said Wednesday that the money will go to 25 community health centers throughout Oregon, including Lane County.
“Through our hub and spoke model, patients at our Lane County Medication Assisted Treatment Program being treated for opiate use disorder are seamlessly tied to auxiliary substance abuse treatment as well as primary care services through our Community Health Centers of Lane County,” said Karen Gaffney, Director of Lane County Health & Human Services. “These resources allow for a critical expansion to that model and an important step towards fighting opiate addiction and dependency in Lane County."
“Oregonians battling substance use and mental health challenges need access to quality care throughout our state,” Wyden said. “This federal support provides essential help for Oregon clinics to bolster that care for patients and provide their loved ones the peace of mind that good treatment is available within their communities.”
“Every American deserves comprehensive health care, and that includes substance use and mental health treatment,” Merkley said. “I’ve heard from health care leaders across the state about the integral role community health centers play in Oregonians’ lives, and these grants will support these critical community providers.”
The $7.16 million awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Oregon community health centers will be distributed as follows: