Visclosky Announces HHS Awards for Community Health Centers

By: Congressman Pete Visclosky Last Updated: September 23, 2015

Congressman-Visclosky-HeadshotCongressman Pete Visclosky announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded grants to four Northwest Indiana community health centers.

The grants are under the Health Center Cluster program. The funding aims to improve the operations and services provided at these centers. The grants include $378,112.00 for NorthShore Health Centers, $321,310.00 for HealthLinc, $279,196.00 for Community HealthNet, and $245,758.00 for Regional Mental Health Center.

CEO of NorthShore Health Centers Jan Wilson stated that their grant will allow them to expand services and after hour care at their Hammond facility. They also will add a new physician at their Portage location. Wilson stated, “We are thankful to Congressman Visclosky and are very pleased to be able to expand our services in Lake and Porter Counties due to this grant.”

CEO of HealthLinc Beth Wrobel indicated that this grant will allow them to expand services at several of their facilities, including a dentist in Valparaiso, a clinical pharmacist in Michigan City, and a community health worker in East Chicago. Wrobel stated, “We know that the management of individual health and access to proper medical and behavioral care is challenging for many families struggling to find quality and affordable care. We are excited about the opportunity we were given with this grant to expand our services and help reduce that barrier.”

Executive Director of Community HealthNet Janet Seabrook stated that the funding will allow them to hire a clinical psychologist, a case manager, and a social worker. Seabrook stated, “We are very excited about this grant. Because of this funding we are able to offer a fully integrated behavioral health program for all that we serve.”

President and CEO of Regional Mental Health Center Robert Krumwied stated that this funding will allow them to extend hours and services at their Hammond facility. Krumwied stated, “We appreciate the support of Congressman Visclosky. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to expand needed services in the Hammond community.”

Congressman Pete Visclosky stated, “I deeply appreciate the invaluable health care services that community health centers provide in Northwest Indiana. I congratulate these centers for successfully securing federal funds, and I am grateful that this new funding will allow them to expand and improve upon the great work they already do for our communities.”