PR: CHANGE, Inc. Awarded Funding to Expand Needed Services

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PR: CHANGE, Inc. Awarded Funding to Expand Needed Services

“CHANGE, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and community action agency servicing Brooke and Hancock Counties in West Virginia and Jefferson County in Ohio as well as surrounding communities, has brought in over $17 million to help the Ohio Valley residents obtain access to medical, dental, vision and behavioral health needs since their opening,” said Judy Raveaux, CEO, “However , in 2016, the agency has received some major awards that has enabled us to expand services and increase access to care.” In the span of four months, CHANGE, Inc. received the highly-competitive Substance Abuse Service Expansion Grant, the Health Infrastructure Investment Program Grant and the Oral Health Service Expansion Grant, all of which will assist in expanding the services of CHANGE, Inc. and expand upon the Patient Centered Medical Home model for the residents of Brooke, Hancock and Jefferson Counties.  CHANGE, Inc. has four locations throughout the Tri-State area, which include Wintersville, Weirton and Newell, as well as a school -based health center at Weirton Elementary School.  Raveaux stated, “We strive to eliminate barriers to care, such as transportation, and can offer patients rides to and from their medical appointments at our facilities.” CHANGE, Inc. also administers the 340B Drug Discount Program and has an in-house pharmacy at our Weirton facility and 14 contract pharmacies throughout the Ohio Valley to provider access to the discounted medications.

The Substance Abuse Service Expansion Grant was awarded in March 2016 and enabled CHANGE, Inc. to increase the number of behavioral health providers and begin providing substance abuse services, including medication assisted treatment, to the Ohio Valley. CHANGE, Inc. partnered with the Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention in Hancock and Brooke County, the Lee Day Report Center, and the Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board to provide expanded services to the area, and to integrate behavioral and primary/women’s health to treat substance abuse issues, screen, educate and treat patients at risk or with diseases commonly associated with substance abuse disorders. The funding created two new positions and will allow CHANGE, Inc. to treat an additional 500 behavioral health patients a year.

The Health Infrastructure Investment Program Grant awarded in April 2016 enabled the renovation of the West Street location to expanded services and will create a Patient Centered Medical Home for the residents of Brooke, Hancock and Jefferson Counties. The expansion improved access to primary and women’s health care services, enabled the expansion of Family Medical Care’s oral and behavioral health services, and brought access to affordable vision services. The ongoing renovations will add three dental operatories, eight primary and women’s health exam rooms, two behavioral health rooms, a vision center and enable Family Medical Care to provide services to an additional 750 patients each year.

In June, CHANGE, Inc. received word they were awarded the Oral Health Service Expansion Grant, which will enable the expansion of dental services to the new Family Medical Care Community Health Center location set to open in Newell, West Virginia in August.

“As a Patient Centered Medical Home, CHANGE, Inc. utilizes care teams to treat the patient and track health disparities among our community and our patients,” said Raveaux. In 2015, CHANGE, Inc. saw 11,501 patients and met or exceeded its goal on all 16 of the national quality of care measures tracked. “As a FQHC, CHANGE, Inc. is able to provide discounts for medical care and prescriptions to any person falling at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline. In 2015, patients of Family Medical Care received over $6 million in medical and pharmaceutical discounts, which enabled many to receive the care they needed to maintain their health and independence.

For more information about CHANGE, Inc. and its services, please visit www.test.changeinc.org.