Rural Health Network Development Planning Program Applications are due February 28th

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is pleased to announce the release of the notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) HRSA-18-034 for Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network Planning Program). ). The purpose of this program is to promote the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. Approximately $2 million will be awarded annually for up to 20 awardees during Fiscal Year 2018 project period.  Applications are due February 23, 2018.

The intent of the Network Planning program is to allow applicants the flexibility to determine their unique community needs and focus area(s), based on historical health care context, expertise, and relevant data sources in the community. Past Network Planning projects have had an array of project focus areas including (but not limited to): Care Coordination among Network Partners; Patient Engagement; Data Analytics/Health Information Technology; Rural Hospital Closure/ Conversion; Telehealth. Furthermore, the program creates an opportunity to address the clinical priorities of mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity.

If you have any questions about the program or have opportunities for FORHP to present information regarding this funding opportunity, please contact Sara Afayee: Safayee@hrsa.gov or 301-945-4169.

HealthDay News: Mental Illness a Rising Health Concern In U.S.

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By HealthDay News

Nearly 1 in 5 American adults deals with a mental illness or substance abuse problem each year, a U.S. government study says.
Oregon has the highest rate, and New Jersey the lowest, according to 2012-2014 data analyzed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Overall, almost 44 million Americans 18 or older had a diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorder in the past year, researchers said. They reviewed national surveys on drug use and health.

“The figures in SAMHSA’s report remind us how important it is to take mental health as seriously as any other health condition,” Kana Enomoto, SAMHSA acting deputy assistant secretary, said in an agency news release.

Almost 44 million Americans 18 or older had a diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorder in the past year.

The overall national rate of mental illness was about 18 percent.

In Oregon, almost 23 percent of the state residents had any type of mental illness. Utah, West Virginia, Maine and Rhode Island were next, with rates above 21 percent.

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more information and data on mental health

Read the full story at www.upi.com