Courtney Announces More Than $319,000 in Federal Funding for Rural Telehealth Initiative in Windham and Tolland Counties
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development has awarded a federal grant totaling more than $319,000 to United Services, Inc. The federal investment will support a new telemedicine initiative and serve 177,094 rural residents in Windham and Tolland counties.
“The USDA has made investments towards projects in towns across eastern Connecticut, and this latest grant award is a major investment in the health of our region, specifically in Windham and Tolland counties,” said Congressman Courtney. “These federal dollars will help expand the capacity of United Services’ telecommunications connectivity, and will increase rural patient access to behavioral health services, giving patients access to therapists, doctors, and other health professionals, even despite being separated by long distances. I want to give Diane Manning and her team huge credit for showing the leadership to pursue this grant award – she is the first in our entire state to take advantage of this federal opportunity. It’s my hope that United Services’ telehealth program will serve as a model for how telehealth can reduce barriers to care, and help combat the opioid crisis in Connecticut.”
“United Services is thrilled to receive this funding, which will allow us to even more efficiently respond to the needs of our rural area,” said Diane Manning, President and CEO of United Services, Inc. “Using technology, we can connect staff at our various sites, as well as our partners in care delivery, to work collaboratively with individuals and families without the delays and expense caused by travel in rural northeastern Connecticut. Congressman Courtney and the USDA have been wonderful partners in helping us to deliver services in this area, and we appreciate their support.”
United Services, Inc. will receive a federal grant award of $319,194 through the USDA Office of Rural Development’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant program. The new federal investment will enable United Services, Inc. to connect 11 program locations and four community partners with telecommunications equipment. The project will link Connecticut clinical centers, domestic violence shelters, young adult service program locations, and adult social and vocational rehabilitation program location and supported housing facilities, as well as connect four community partners. Click here to learn more.