Health centers granted the opportunity to fund the opioid crisis battle

The Community Health Center of Central Missouri will be applying for a grant funded by the the Department of Health and Human Services used to fight the opioid epidemic. (Kyreon Lee/KRCG13)

Missouri remains the only state without an implemented, statewide prescription drug monitoring program.

The state's clinics have a chance to continue to combat the opioid crisis with a grant funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. The department announced $350 million in new funding to expand access to substance use disorder and mental health services.

Community Health Center of Central Missouri will be one of many health centers across the nation applying for the grant. CEO Jeff Davis said he is grateful for this opportunity to receive funding.

"If we can find more ways to deliver more services to more people, that's kind of what we're all about," Davis said.

The center has a chance to receive $250, 000 in funding.

"We want to take that money and leverage it into something bigger and better and make sure that the patients come out ahead," he said.

According to the department, the funds will support health centers in implementing and advancing evidence-based strategies, including expanded medication-assisted treatment.

Health centers nationwide have until July 16 to submit an application. This a non-competitive grant and is expected to be awarded in September.

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