Gateway Community Health Center to receive more than $4 million; SCAN Inc. to be awarded more than $2 million
LAREDO, TEXAS —Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced more than $6.3 million to the Gateway Community Health Center and to Serving Children and Adults in Need (SCAN) through two federal agencies, the Health Resources & Services Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, respectively. Specifically, Gateway Community Health Center will receive $4,269,405 to continue with the delivery of primary health care for communities and vulnerable populations. This is in addition to the $1,423,135 that were awarded recently, for a total of $5,692,540 in federal funds this year. SCAN, meanwhile, will receive $2,125,000 divided over five years to serve adult males and females returning to the community following incarceration and who meet the criteria for occurring or reoccurring substance use and mental health disorders.
The money will come in very handy for Gateway Community Health Center as 31 percent of Webb County’s residents are uninsured. Of these, 47.2 percent of 18- to 64-year-olds are uninsured, while 53.7 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds do not have insurance. With the money, the health center will provide medical services, preventive care and family programs for women, checkups and immunizations for children, dental services for families, counseling and psychotherapy for children and adults, drug assistance programs for medications, and health education programs.
With the funding, SCAN will implement the Border Reentry and Community Integration Program, which will provide support services and substance abuse treatment to men and women returning to the community following incarceration in state and local facilities. It is estimated that the program will service 350 participants, both men and women 18 years of age and older, for the five-year duration of the project. In order to qualify, participants must meet the criteria for a substance abuse disorder and/or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
“These two grants represent a federal investment in rehabilitation and healthcare for our local community,” said Congressman Cuellar. “I will continue fighting for funding for community health centers that treat the underserved and vulnerable populations in my district. By working together, we will find cost-effective way to rehabilitate and reintegrate people into society.”
“Our 25 million patients across the nation and all of our clinicians and employees are grateful for this grant that allows us to continue to provide quality care for all,” said Elmo Lopez, CEO of Gateway Community Health Center Inc. “Congressman Henry Cuellar has always been a champion for Gateway and accessible, affordable healthcare for those most in need. Preventive healthcare and access to a primary care medical home will keep families healthier longer. Community Health Centers across the country care for all patients regardless of their ability to pay for services.”
Isela Dabdoub, CEO of Serving Children and Adults in Need, Inc. (SCAN) said, “I am excited about SCAN receiving this grant from SAMHSA-CSAT. We are looking forward to expanding SCAN services to assist those released from prisons with the challenges of reentry into the community.”