Senators Stabenow, Peters Applaud Over $3 Million Award to Michigan Community Health Centers for Substance Abuse Treatment

Friday, March 11, 2016

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today applauded an over $3 million award to 10 Michigan Community Health Centers. The funding, which will be used to improve and expand access to substance abuse services, comes through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and was made available by the Affordable Care Act.

“Families who have a loved one dealing with substance abuse know all too well how this addiction can shatter lives, and the intolerable lack of treatment options available to them,” said Senator Stabenow.  “These resources help address a critical unmet need in Michigan for more treatment options to deal with this devastating and costly problem.”

“Michigan’s Community Health Centers provide critical support and treatment to patients struggling with substance and opioid abuse who might otherwise be unable to get the help they need,” said Senator Peters. “This funding will help provide additional opportunities for lifesaving substance abuse care in communities across our state.”

$3,439,383 was awarded to health centers across Michigan. This funding is projected to support 31 new full-time employees and 3,991 new patients. Community health centers play a vital role in delivering health care and substance abuse services in high-need communities, whose residents typically lack insurance.