The Federal Communications Commission has awarded funds to Burrell Behavioral Health for their COVID-19 Telehealth Program.
Burrell was given $767,000 grant from the FCC. The funds were provided by Congress through the CARES Act for health care providers to provide connected care services to patients at their homes.
“For years Burrell has set the pace for telehealth access to behavioral health services in Missouri, and COVID-19 has only reinforced the need for and value of these programs for the people we serve across our 17 Missouri counties,” Burrell President & CEO C.J. Davis said in a statement. “We are so appreciative of the FCC’s trust and partnership, and can’t wait to expand our already robust platform to those who need it most, at a time when they need it more than ever.”
According to an FCC press release, Burrell will use the funds for “laptop computers, mobile hotspots, network upgrades, and videoconferencing equipment to expand and offer connected mental health services for Missourians affected by COVID-19, including existing mental health patients, new patients experiencing anxiety related to COVID-19, and essential, front-line workers.”
Burrell is not the first organization in southwest Missouri to receive funds from the FCC. In May, Jordan Valley Community Health Center received $742,780 for a telehealth platform.