Administration set to double number of outreach workers in community health centers

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The White House announced plans to make available $150 million marked for efforts to double the number of outreach workers at up to 1,200 community health centers, who are likely to be in contact with uninsured individuals who might be eligible for health care coverage.

“Community health centers are going to be key partners in the goal of helping Americans learn about and enroll in affordable health coverage,” said Cecilia Muñoz, director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, on a conference call with reporters. She went on to say that the effort would be have particular  impact on minorities, who are “disproportionately represented among the uninsured” and often seek care at community health centers.

Reviewing the HRSA announcement will give Network readers a glimpse into why it is so important for children's mental health advocates to become involved with Navigators and outreach workers. The more knowledgeable individuals in these positions are about the array of mental health services families need and should be receiving the better.

Here is an excerpt from the HRSA "Funding Opportunity Requirements" section of the document explaining the purpose of the FY 2013 Health Center Outreach and Enrollment Assistance supplemental funding. We have highlighted just a few of the key statements in these requirements that should motivate children's mental health advocates to get involved with these efforts:

The purpose of the FY 2013 Health Center Outreach and Enrollment Assistance supplemental funding is to support health centers in raising awareness of affordable insurance options and providing eligibility and enrollment assistance to uninsured patients of health centers and residents in their approved service areas. To receive the outreach and enrollment assistance supplemental funds, a health center must:

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