Over $51 million assigned for Puerto Rico health centers
SAN JUAN – The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) approved a new pool of funds totaling $51.9 million to be distributed in Puerto Rico among a mental health program, a child care center and so-called 330 health centers that are funded through section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA).
The health centers participating in this program are community organizations that offer primary health care services in areas where economic or geographic barriers limit access to affordable health care.
The administration will allocate $49 million under the Health Center Cluster program that includes Camuy Health Services ($1.4 million); Council of Integral Health of Loíza ($2.3 million); Corporación Sanos de Caguas $2.1 million); HPM Foundation in San Juan ($3.7 million); Morovis Community Health Center ($1.5 million); Patillas Community Governing Board $2.8 (million); and the Rincón Health Center ($2.2 million).
In addition, Integral Health in the Mountain will receive ($7.1 million); Barceloneta Primary Health Services ($3.3 million); Lares Center ($2.1 million); Family Health Center in Arroyo ($2.5 million); Corporation of Primary Medical Services and Prevention in Hatillo($2.4 million); COSSMA Inc. in Cidra($3.5 million); Health Council of Puerto Rico in Ponce ($5.3 million); Gurabo Community Health Center($5 million); and Prymed Medical Care in Ciales ($1.8 million).
The Municipality of Manatí will also receive($2.6 million) for the Head Start and Early Head Start program. These funds are allocated by the Administration of Children and Families division of HHS.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration branch of HHS, allocated $413,135 to the Guara Bi Program Inc. in Caguas, which provides housing services to homeless people.
“Access to health services for all citizens is a priority. This allocation of more than $51 million to health centers in Puerto Rico guarantees easy access to our people with limited resources and in economically depressed areas. These centers 330 provide a health service of excellence and have been recognized as such by the federal government in the allocation of these resources in their proposals,” Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón said in a release announcing the funds.