One of the most significant reasons that telehealth and telemedicine programs aren’t more numerous in the United States is the cost associated with acquiring the equipment – especially video endpoints – that are needed to get started. However, in recent years several federal government agencies have funded grant programs to help defray these costs and help establish programs in communities where they are needed most.
According to Chris LaPage, Manager of Research and Consultative Services at the Grants Office, LLC., there are “lots of grant opportunities for telehealth and telemedicine programs that run across federal and state government agencies as well as private foundations, the trick is in finding them before the deadline date.” To highlight this point, LaPage outlined three major telehealth and telemedicine grants from federal agencies that are all due in June.
Grant Name: Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health Network Program
Funding Body: Health Resources Service Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Due: June 25th, 2018
The Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) offers telehealth grants through the Office of Advancement for Telehealth (OAT) in support of rural healthcare. The Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health Network Program (EB-THNP) provides funds to cover video conferencing, internet, store and forward imaging, streaming media, and other technology, as well as personnel training and support, and clinician reimbursement to increase access to behavioral healthcare services — including substance abuse — in rural communities.
There are a total of 14 grants available and the grants are worth $350,000 per annum and are awarded for a 3 year period.
Grant Name: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program
Funding Body: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Due: June 29th, 2018
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program is open until Friday, June 29th, 2018. The grants cover programs for children from infancy to age 12 who are at risk of, shown signs of, or have been diagnosed with mental health issues or have experienced significant emotional disturbance. This includes exposure to opioid and other substances in-utero. The grants can be used to acquire telehealth tools to provide support within the home or, in the case, of older children, within school as well.
There are a total of 9 grants available and the grants are worth approximately $500,000 per annum for up to 5 years. Recipients are required to provide a 10 percent match for funds awarded.