CarePlus Awarded Over $400,000 in Funding from FCC to Bolster Telehealth Services Amid Pandemic

The Paramus Post discusses the importance of telehealth and how additional funding will help those affected during the pandemic. 

Care Plus NJ has been awarded $442,361 in funding from the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau to increase its telehealth services.

The funding will go toward the purchase of laptops, telehealth licenses, translation services, tablets, and a Wi-Fi access point to better equip employees and clients with the resources and technology needed for ongoing remote care amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

CarePlus is one of 62 organizations that received the funding as part of the FCC’s eleventh set of applications through its COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The federal program will disburse over $200 million in funding to provide immediate support to eligible healthcare providers by fully funding the telecommunications services, devices, and information services necessary to provide critical connection to care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, we were able to quickly transition to a secure virtual treatment setting, but challenges and barriers presented by the pandemic continue to impact access to care. This is especially concerning for those with behavioral health challenges who suffer from co-morbid medical conditions, as it is vitally important to monitor their physical and mental health needs,” said Laura Del Tufo, Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, CarePlus. “This funding will enable us to not only remain connected with those who are most vulnerable throughout the remainder of the pandemic, but it will also increase ongoing access to care and improve health outcomes.”

 

Read more on how telehealth services will assist those who need help get and stay connected: https://www.paramuspost.com/article.php/20200708233003842