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HHS Awards $94 Million to Health Centers to Treat Substance Use, Over $3 Million to Michigan

Tuesday, March 15, 2016  
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Lansing, MI, March 15, 2016 – U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 Health Centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to improve and expand the delivery of substance use services in Health Centers. The announcement, made on March 11, 2016, will focus on providing treatment of opioid use disorders, including heroin and prescription pain medication.


“The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States today,” said Secretary Burwell in the HHS release. “Expanding access to medication-assisted treatment and integrating these services in Health Centers bolsters nationwide efforts to curb opioid misuse and abuse, supports approximately 124,000 new patients accessing substance use treatment for recovery and helps save lives.”  In 2013, 4.5 million people in the U.S. were non-medical prescription pain relieve users and an estimated 289,000 were heroin users. In addition, HHS estimates the number of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain medications has nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2015 in the U.S.


In Michigan, ten Health Centers received funding via the Substance Use Services Expansion Grant totaling $3,439,383. With this funding, the Health Centers will be able to serve the needs of an estimated 30,000 residents who have reported a substance use disorder according to information available to the Michigan Primary Care Association via the 2014 Uniform Data System.  In addition, accidental overdose deaths involving opioids increased from 81deaths in 1999 to 519 deaths in 2013 according to the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The ten Michigan Health Centers who applied for and received funding include:


Health Center Organization


Grant Amount

Alcona Health Centers



Cherry Health

Grand Rapids


Community Health& Social Services (CHASS) Center



Covenant Community Care, Inc.



Advantage Health Center



Family Health Center, Inc.



Genesee Health System



Health Delivery, Inc.



MyCare Health Center

Mt. Clemons


Western Wayne Family Health Centers




“This funding will enable Michigan Health Centers to continue to invest in providing patient-centered care to the residents of Michigan through the expansion of staff and available services,” said Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “Traditionally, patients who sought substance use treatment would receive a referral to another provider, outside of the Health Center. With the grant funding, Michigan Health Centers will be able to continue their investment in the communities they serve and grow their availability in providing integrated primary and behavioral services, all focused on the patient.”

Currently, 39 Michigan Health Centers serve more than 615,000 residents at more than 250 delivery sites. The doors of Health Centers are open to all, regardless of insurance status and with fees based on household income. To learn more about Michigan Health Centers and find a Health Center near you, please visit

About Michigan Primary Care Association

For over 35 years, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers. MPCA is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, please visit or call 517.381.8000.




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