USDA Funds 4 Opioid Treatment Facilities Through Rural Loans

The agency will provide federal government loans for opioid treatment facilities in three states, among other community facilities projects.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $243 million for the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program that include upwards of $29 million in financing for opioid treatment centers in Colorado, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Moffat County, Colorado, a federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Area, will receive $682,000 to purchase an outpatient healthcare services facility in Craig. The clinic will provide preventative and comprehensive care, including behavioral and opioid misuse treatment services. The clinic will accept payment on a sliding fee scale for individuals who have limited or no insurance.

The Memorial Hospital in Craig will also receive $23.1 million to construct a new medical office building for behavioral health, mental health and other services, including a suboxone clinic for the treatment of opioid addiction.

Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Mental Health and Mental Retardation Properties, Inc., a non-profit corporation that procures property and provides other services for the Middle
Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board, a governmental body in Virginia, will receive $2.2 million to purchase and renovate two buildings for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Middle Peninsula will provide mental health and substance abuse services, including opioid treatment, for Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Mathews, Middlesex, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland counties.

Heart 2 Heart in Wheeling, West Virginia, will receive a $2.9 million loan to establish a substance abuse and behavioral health facility serving hard hit Ohio County and the surrounding region. The area currently lacks a treatment facility.

For the loan program, more than 100 types of rural community facility projects are eligible, including schools, libraries, infrastructure and healthcare facilities improvements. Loan amounts generally range from $10,000 to $165 million, according to USDA.

The 2018 Omnibus bill increased the budget for the Rural Community Facilities program to $2.8 billion, up $200 million from FY 2017.

Explore all the projects funded in 2018 on the USDA website.

Access the original announcement on the USDA website.

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