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Three clinics in AZ to receive health care funds

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Thanks to funding from the health care law three health centers in Arizona will be able to expand their behavioral health services, according to a recent release from Health and Human Services.  

More than $636,000 has been awarded to three clinics in Arizona - the Ajo Community Health Center, the Mountain Park Health Center in Phoenix and the Sun Life Family Health Center in Casa Grande will split the funds to establish or expand their behavioral health services for more than 4,200 Arizonans. 

On a national level HHS has awarded $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 221 health centers in 47 states and Puerto Rico.  

The funds will be used by the centers for hiring new mental health professionals, adding mental health and substance use disorder services, said the HHS release, as well as employing integrated models of primary care.  

"These awards will further reduce the barriers that too often prevent Arizonans from getting the help they need for mental health problems," said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. "Health Centers in Arizona with these awards are on the front lines of better integrating mental health into primary care and improving access to care through the Affordable Care Act." 

For a list of awardees, please see: www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2014tables/behavioralhealth/.

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act and Community Health Centers, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/healthcenterfactsheet.pdf.

To learn more about HRSA’s Community Health Center Program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html.

To find a health center in your area, visit http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov.


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