Today HHS announced an additional $20 billion for healthcare providers. This money is from previously appropriated funds and specifically includes eligibility for substance use disorder residential treatment providers. According to HHS, “Previously ineligible providers, such as those who began practicing in 2020 will also be invited to apply, and an expanded group of behavioral health providers confronting the emergence of increased mental health and substance use issues exacerbated by the pandemic will also be eligible for relief payments.”
NAATP has been advocating for additional COVID-19 relief for SUD providers from existing funding as well as from new legislation. While this is not the amount necessary to provide relief to every program in need, it is a substantial step forward and sets a positive precedent for new funding in the future.
Thanks to our members who have been responding to NAATP’s requests for congressional contacts. We believe our members deserve a great deal of credit for helping to make this happen.
The announcement from HHS can be found here.
These funds may not last long, so we encourage our eligible members to apply as soon as possible.