State Sending Health Center Money to Cape and Islands

BOSTON –The state is sending over $50 million across the Commonwealth to 35 community health centers, several of the agencies are on the Cape and Islands. The Community Health Center of Cape Cod, in Mashpee, The Duffy Health Center in Hyannis, The Island Health Center in Edgartown, and Outer Cape Health Services will all receive funding although specifics have not yet been released.

“Massachusetts is a national leader in health care coverage and today’s announcement will help ensure access to the vital medical and behavioral health treatment in health centers,”saidGovernor Baker. “Investing $50 million over five years to 35 community health centers builds on already historic funding increases for the Commonwealth’s behavioral health care services and delivers added support to treat individuals in the communities where they live and work.”

Over the next five years, the investment to CHCs will increase provider rates for psychiatry services and medical visits provided to children and adults, beginning January 1, 2019. In addition, MassHealth is improving access to school-based health centers.

“The funding will provide added financial reimbursement for treatment provided by community health centers and the important work they are doing to address the opioid epidemic,”saidHealth and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. “We are making a deliberate effort to invest in behavioral health care throughout the Commonwealth. In fact, this Administration has committed making more than $1.9 billion in behavioral health care investments over the next five years.”

“We are extremely grateful to Governor Baker and Secretary Sudders for these long-term investments in the state’s community health centers,”said James W. Hunt, Jr., president and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.“These new resources will go far in helping health centers better prevent and treat some of the most complex public health issues facing the Commonwealth’s communities, including mental health and substance use disorders.”

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