A $175,000 federal grant will allow a local clinic to integrate mental health and substance abuse treatment services into its patients' care to help battle the opioid crisis in Springfield, leaders said.
The Rocking Horse Community Health Center recently received an Access Increase in Mental Health and Substance Abuse grant will provide greater access to those services for its patients, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kent Youngman said.
"We're not trying to replicate things that are available in the community," he said. "We're trying to fill the void of things that we see with patients we have. These folks don't fit well into other places but need service.
"Addiction is a chronic disease. It functions like a chronic disease and we intend to treat it like a chronic disease and provide the best integrated care we have."
The grant was awarded by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration as part of $7.4 million given to 43 health centers in Ohio earlier this month to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services as part of an effort to curb the opioid epidemic.