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WASHINGTON >> Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) released a statement that more than 1.8 million dollars in federal grants have been delivered this month to community health centers, tribal organizations, county administrations, and other health care providers throughout Mendocino and Humboldt Counties.

“I’m very glad that these crucial local organizations are getting much-needed federal funding to support their missions,” Huffman said. “These valued organizations keep my constituents healthy in both mind and body, and demonstrate the importance of ensuring our federal agencies are fully funded.”

Huffman’s press release stated that over the previous few weeks, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) has granted awards to seven local services.

On Sept. 24, United Indian Health Services was awarded $650,000 for a grant project titled Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country by the CDC office. On Sept. 22, the HRSA granted Mendocino Community Health Clinic $78,000 for a grant project titled Ryan White Title III HIV Capacity Development and Planning Grants. On Sept. 22, HRSA granted $100,000 to Mendocino-Lake Community College District for a grant project titled Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals and Paraprofessionals. On Sept. 18, the CDC awarded North Coast Opportunities $472,770 for a project titled Partnership to Improve Community Health. On Sept. 17, the Center for Mental Health Services awarded $99,820 to the Mendocino County Office of Education for a project titled the Mental Health in Education Project. Also on Sept. 17 , the Center for Mental Health Services awarded $182,341 to the Round Valley Indian Health Center for a project called Round Valley Native Connections. On Sept. 16, the HRSA granted $300,000 to North Coast Clinics Network for a project called Rural Health Network Development Program.

The grant funding was made possible in large part by the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which have improved the capacity of community health centers, tribes, and other organizations that provide physical and mental health care in Huffman’s congressional district.

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