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GE Foundation-funded SUSTAIN Communities Initiative



AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT: The League is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the GE Foundation SUSTAIN Communities grants, an initiative designed to develop and expand capacity of community health centers to address opioid use disorders. As a continuing response to the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic, the second cohort of the year-long, SUSTAIN Communities practice transformation grant awards $50,000 stipends to support center participation in the initiative. Community Health Centers receiving an award include:

  • Caring Health Center
  • Charles River Community Health
  • Fenway Community Health Center
  • Harbor Health Services
  • Lowell Community Health Center
  • Lynn Community Health Center
  • Manet Community Health Center
  • Mattapan Community Health Center
  • North End Waterfront Health
  • South End Community Health Center

BACKGROUND: The overarching goals of the SUSTAIN grants are to support an increase in access to care and to support development of recovery-informed environments for patients with substance use disorders. SUSTAIN participants have access to a variety of training and technical assistance provided by League-contracted physician peer mentors, a risk rounds team development specialist from Partners Healthcare, and Project ECHO©, a virtual tele-mentoring model supported by Boston Medical Center. The Boston Medical Center and the League support additional substance use related technical assistance as part of the grant.

As a response to the opioid overdose epidemic and part of a continued funding commitment by the GE Foundation, the League developed and launched a program to support health centers in building recovery-informed environments for patients with substance use disorders in 2017. The initiative, Substance Use Support & Technical Assistance IN Communities (SUSTAIN Communities), seeks to expand the capacity of community health centers to address substance use disorders in the communities they serve. Through a competitive application process, ten (10) community health centers are chosen to participate over the course of 10-12 months. Selected community health centers receive a $50,000 stipend to support engagement in this initiative. The program receives additional support from Partners HealthCare.

CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS FUNDING CYCLE: This funding opportunity is now open to all Massachusetts health centers -- both FQHCs and hospital-licensed health centers. We did not have time to re-write the funding documents below which state one criteria for eligibility of funding is to have HRSA funding; this is no longer applicable, so all CHCs can apply.

The deadline for submitting applications was December 18, 2017. This second round of funding for SUSTAIN Communities was awarded in January 2018.

For more information on the League's SUSTAIN program and the application process, contact Jim Hiatt.

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