LA GRANGE – Community Nurse Health Center in La Grange has been awarded a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant for $175,701 to support expanded access to mental health and substance abuse services, including treatment, prevention and awareness of opioid abuse, according to a news release from U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs.
"Congress cannot solve the national opioid crisis on its own, but it can certainly help give various groups and organizations some assistance in confronting a difficult issue that is still not getting enough attention," Lipinski said in the release. "I promise to continue to fight for more support for community health centers and for a growing problem that no neighborhood is immune to.”
Community Nurse, which provides medical and dental care to low-income families, recently announced its merger with Pillars, the largest nonprofit provider of mental health and social services in the western and southwestern suburbs.
Patients will be able to receive medical, dental and mental health care under one entity when the merger is effective Jan. 1, 2018.
“We are so pleased to be awarded supplemental funding to address local mental health and substance abuse needs,” Community Nurse CEO Angela Curran said in the release. “We are grateful for the investment of additional resources so we can better meet the need for coordinated and integrated care that addresses physical and mental health and the devastating effects of substance abuse on local residents.”
Curran will be the CEO of the merged organization.