FRAMINGHAM – The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center has been awarded $288,750 from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Health Resource Services Administration to expand staffing in regards to substance abuse and behavioral health.
The goal of the award is to increase the number of patients served.
“Federally qualified community health centers,like Kennedy CHC, always stand ready to address any community or public health crisis. This funding
allows us to continue to integrate, meet and expand the behavioral health of our patients in the primary care setting and we look forward to enhancing our work in the Central MA and MetroWest regions,” said Toni McGuire, President/CEO at Kennedy Community Health Center, which has a location in Framingham.
This funding awarded a total of $352,289,768 to 1,232 health centers nationwide to implement and advance evidence-based strategies to expand access to integrated substance abuse disorder and mental health services, including medication-assisted treatment services. The awards support the federal agency’s 5-point Opioid srategy, which launched in 2017 to empower local communities on the frontlines of the national crisis.
These funds will make a significant impact in furthering community-driven efforts to reduce opioid use and increase access to mental health access, and builds upon federal health department’s 2017 investment of $200 million to 1,178 community health center access the U.S. to increase access to substance abuse disorders and mental health services.
The mission of Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (Kennedy CHC) is to “help people live healthier lives.”
The Center believe that everyone has a right to accessible, high quality, comprehensive, integrated and compassionate health care.
As a community health center, Kennedy has provided comprehensive care to its patients, who are at disparate risk for chronic disease and poor health outcomes.
Founded in a Worcester housing project in 1972, today Kennedy Community Health Center has three medical facilities, three dental sites, two optometry practices and six school-based clinics serving residents of Worcester, Framingham, Clinton, Milford, and the surrounding communities of MetroWest and Central
Currently more than 26,000 patients of all ages receive care and service through Kennedy CHC’s family practice model of care, a comprehensive approach to the delivery of quality primary and urgent care, medical specialties, nutrition counseling, dental care, optometry, pharmacy, behavioral
health, social services, health education and youth development programs.