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BAYSTATE NOBLE HOSPITAL AWARDS $60,000 IN GRANTS TO ADDRESS SUBSTANCE-USE DISORDERS

Three Local Agencies to Benefit from FY2021 Legislative Earmark

 

WESTFIELD, MA (June 24, 2021) - - Baystate Noble Hospital (BNH) announced grant awards of $60,000 to three local community agencies following an FY 2021 legislative earmark to focus on prevention and treatment of opioid-related substance-use disorders in the communities served by the hospital. Opioid and substance-use disorders were identified as significant health needs in Baystate Noble’s 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

These grant investments were made possible following an earmark in the FY21 state budget by Senator John Velis to support public health related programs and initiatives that reduce health disparities, promote community wellness and increase access to prevention, treatment, recovery and referrals for people with opioid and substance-use disorders in the hospital’s service area.

“I know how important it is to provide critical resources to our community-based organizations to carry on the work of battling substance use and addiction. As we move out of the pandemic, the impact of the ongoing opioid crisis continues to motivate my work in the Massachusetts State Senate on behalf of my constituents in the Second Hampden and Hampshire District,” said State Senator John Velis.

The programs supported by the hospital’s grant investments include CORE of Greater Westfield  ($20,000) for support of their Regional Health Information Exchange Website, Tapestry Health ($20,848) for their Harm Reduction Videography Project and West Springfield Health Department ($19,720) for their DART Enhancement Project.

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