Category Archives: Family, Home, & Community

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Federal Government-wide Effort Underway to Better Address Serious Mental Illness

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the formation of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC), an interagency initiative to address serious mental illness created under the 21st Century Cures Act. The ISMICC aims to foster coordination of federal agencies’ efforts related to serious mental illness.

Patients in Rural Hospitals Can Save Thousands of Dollars If Local Hospital Is Part of Tele-Emergency Room Network

A new study from the University of Iowa found that is a local, rural hospital is part of a tele-emergency room network, it can save patients about $5,600 a year by allowing them to receive care locally. These savings are related to transportation costs, lodging, missed time at work, and other personal expenses.

Trump Administration Proposes 2018 HUD Budget

WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration today announced the proposed 2018 Budget for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Budget reflects the President’s commitment to support HUD’s critical functions that provide rental assistance to low-income and vulnerable households and to help work-eligible families achieve self-sufficiency.

USDA Offers $500K in Grant Funding for Rural Telemedicine

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has announced that they will be offering grants of up to $500,000 through their Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program in order to improve rural access to education and healthcare. Special consideration will be given to “Promise Zones,” or areas that have been identified as particularly vulnerable.

Tribal Management Grants Available for Tribes and Tribal Organizations

Blog post from the Indian Health Service (IHS) highlighting their Tribal Management Grant Program and announcing that they are accepting applications. These grants aim to prepare tribes and tribal organizations to assume all or part of existing IHS programs through the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act. Applications are due June 7, 2017.

In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren’t

Addresses the growing difficulty of providing food to the hungry in rural communities in Virginia due to decreased donations. In some communities, significant donations came from coal mines that have since closed, leaving more people without income and food banks with less ability to address the increased need. Also highlights partnerships that have developed to address some of the underlying problems, including poverty, unemployment, poor health, and a lack of health insurance.

Shortage Designation Project Update, May 2017

Details the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Shortage Designation Project, which is an effort to modernize and provide greater transparency to the Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation and scoring process. The National Shortage Designation Update is expected to be released in July 2017 and will not include automatically designated HPSAs.

SAMHSA Is Accepting Applications for up to $39.5 Million in Grants to Prevent Suicide

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $700,000 per year for five years for the implementation of suicide prevention and intervention programs for people 25 and older. SAMHSA expects to fund 13 grantees through this Cooperative Agreements to Implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems program. The Zero Suicide model, which would be implemented throughout the grantee’s health system, is a comprehensive, multi-setting approach designed to raise awareness, establish referral processes, and improve care and outcomes for people who are at risk of suicide.

HUD Allocates Additional $163 Million to Help States and Local Governments Recover from 2015, 2016 Disasters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced an additional $163 million to help several state and local communities to recovery from severe flooding that occurred in 2015 and 2016. The grants announced today are provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program.

UNM’s Project ACCESS: A State-of-the-Art Stroke Care Network

Highlights the impacts of the University of New Mexico’s Access to Critical Cerebral Emergency Support Services (ACCESS) project, which uses a telemedicine network to connect rural hospitals from around the state to stroke specialists. Being able to assess and treat many stroke patients rather than transferring them to a stroke center means faster care for patients and significant savings for rural hospitals.

Nursing Homes and Hospice Providers Face Looming Emergency Preparedness Deadline

Details some of the concerns about a rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requiring 17 types of healthcare providers to set new emergency preparedness policies by November 15, 2017. Small and rural facilities, especially long-term care and hospice facilities, ambulatory surgical sites, home health agencies, and dialysis centers, may struggle to meet the requirements which could result in them being dropped by Medicare and Medicaid.