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December 2, 2015

Heywood launches next phase of CHART grant with $2.9M

Courtesy The Health Policy Commission presented Heywood Healthcare with a $2.9-million grant to support phase 2 of an initiative to increase access to behavioral health services.

Gardner-based Heywood Healthcare and the state Health Policy Commission this week announced the second phase of Heywood’s grant-funded program to increase behavioral health resources in the community.

Phase-two of the Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization and Transformation (CHART) grant provided by the Health Policy Commission to Heywood was officially launched on October 1, and follows the successful completion of the first phase, launched in the spring of 2014. In the second phase, funded by a $2.9 million grant, Heywood is expanding school-based work in the Gardner and Athol-Royalston public schools to include additional school-based care coordinators and clinicians to see students on a weekly basis.

Emergency departments in Gardner and Athol also have increased staffing to improve access to behavioral health services, according to Heywood.

The Heywood Chart grant was part of $60 million released by the Health Policy Commission in October 2014 to 28 community hospitals. The grants are intended to improve community-based care for patients with complex social and medical needs as well as to increase access to behavioral health services.

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