National consulting firm assists two Federally Qualified Health Centers receive funds for Behavioral Health and Opioid Addiction


ROCKFORD, IL:  August 12, 2019 – US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced today the awarding of $200 Million to increase access to high quality, integrated behavioral health services, including the prevention or treatment of mental health conditions and/or substance abuse disorders, including opioid use disorder through funding awards in the Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) program. Two of theFranaGroup clients: Interior Community Health Center in Fairbanks, Alaska and Packard Health in Ann Arbor, Michigan each received $167,000 (for a total of $334,000) to support their efforts.

The $334,000 in funding to theFranaGroup clients will help increase access to Behavioral Health and Opioid Addiction services. This will help fight the opioid epidemic in two states: Michigan and Alaska. Awards are $167,000 each. The purpose of these grant programs is to support existing Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) clinics to fight the opioid epidemic by: expanding access to treatment and recovery services; targeting use of overdose-reversing drugs; and expanding behavioral health services.

FQHCs now represent the largest primary practice in the United States. In 2018 they served more than 28 million patients with over 115 million patient visits at over 12,000 service sites, with a combined staffing of over 236,000 health care professionals. FQHCs now provide primary care to one in twelve adults and one in nine children living in the United States.

About theFranaGroup

theFranaGroup, founded in 1999, is a national healthcare consulting firm that provides solutions for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), including a wide array of services tailored to Community Health Center operations and strategy, both before and after funding. With a proven track records of success, theFranaGroup offers a variety of services to achieve and maintain FQHC status including grant writing, strategic planning, management consulting and Board and staff development. The firm has helped clients earn more than $1 billion in direct funding and enhanced billing capabilities. In 2018, theFranaGroup clients in 17 states served over 741,200 unduplicated patients with over 2,223,800 outpatient visits. As a result, these healthcare facilities better served their communities and improved the overall access and quality of health services provided to the most at-risk populations.