Reid Health Community Benefit awards more than $208,000 in grants to help efforts to fight substance abuse
September 12th 2016
The Reid Health Community Benefit program recently awarded a record total of $208100 in grants to programs aimed at improving mental health and attacking substance abuse in the region served by the health system as part of the second grant cycle for 2016.
Grants along with other specific outreach and requirements to meet the system’s not-for-profit status have put more than $130 million back into the community in the last five years. A committee of Reid Health’s governing board which includes some community representatives reviews grant requests which are awarded as part of the health system’s efforts as a mission-driven not-for-profit organization.
“We are all concerned about the critical challenges and needs in our community centered around mental health and substance abuse” said Craig Kinyon Reid Health President/CEO. “The grants to these groups and agencies are a significant investment in wide-ranging efforts that are having a great impact on what is a serious problem in our region. The awards were given to 16 area agencies and will support a wide variety of programs which represent an extension of our mission to our patients and community.”
Community benefit is the basis of the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals. Community benefit is defined as programs or activities that improve access to health services enhance public health advance increased general knowledge and/or relieve the burden of government to improve health. In 2010 the Affordable Care Act added new requirements for tax-exempt hospitals in the areas of community health needs assessment (CHNA) implementation strategy billing and collections and reporting. In 2014 the IRS issued final rules implementing these requirements. The goals of these provisions are to ensure that tax-exempt hospitals are meeting the health needs of their communities and to ensure greater transparency and accountability. Over the last 5 years Reid as a not-for-profit hospital has provided over $130 million ($130326844) in community benefit to support individuals and programs within the service area.
In addition to grants the Reid Health Community Benefit sponsors various programs focused on community health. In the area of access to care Reid Health Community Benefit initiated a dental clinic focused on serving those with little or no dental coverage. Community benefit funds support Claim Aid to assist individuals in applying for health insurance plans or Reid’s financial assistance when necessary. Access to care also includes the shortfall of the cost of care rendered to those who have Medicaid coverage. Reid has continued to support community health clinics such as Siloam Clinic and Hope Center with processing of lab services and providing supplies necessary for operations.
To address substance abuse and mental health needs Reid has provided Narcan kits and training to first responders to prevent death from opioid overdose containers to dispose of needles for police departments and participated in efforts to reduce the incidence of babies being born addicted to drugs. Along with many other community agencies’ support Reid has been involved in the efforts of the community group focused on the “Heroin is Here” initiative designed to increase awareness of drug abuse and its devastating effects.
Other than funds awarded in this grant cycle Reid has supported programs addressing physical activity nutrition and weight such as athletic training services to community schools community screenings cooking classes health fairs support groups and provided support for many health education events.