All About Grants: Exciting Plans in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Rhode Island

Aug 26, 2015 by

Grant money is often an important source of funding for community paramedicine programs, especially newer initiatives. At the end of the day, the goal is for CP programs to be financially self sustainable and revenue generating. However, with current transport-based reimbursement models, that can often be a challenge—which is why grants are so crucial.

In South Carolina, the BlueCross BlueShield Foundation has approved over $10 million in grants in their most recent cycle. These will go toward a variety of programs, including Greenville County Emergency Medical Services and Richland County Emergency Services Department. Greenville EMS plans to hire three community paramedics to work in a team focused on providing basic health services in low income neighborhoods. Richland ESD plans to hire six community paramedics as part of a “countywide, mobile, integrated health care collaborative” to improve access to care. The other awardees vary, but a theme of improving population health and reaching underserved individuals runs through all. Read the full article here or below.

In Rhode Island, FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) has recently awarded $123,810 to the Westerly Ambulance Corps for a Paramedic First Response vehicle. One ability or potential use of this vehicle is that it will be able to, “facilitate interdepartmental communication and therefore could serve as a mobile command center during larger-scale incidents.” While this is not necessarily a traditional focus of community paramedicine programs, which typically emphasize low acuity care, it is certainly an important angle from which an EMS service could act. Read the full article here or below.

In North Carolina, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $5,000 grants to 11 counties to “train paramedics in mental health crisis intervention” so that they can “determine if the best destination for a patient is not an emergency room, but a crisis center.” Jim Albright, director of Guilford County Emergency Services, emphasized that, “The ultimate goal is the patient is going to receive better care, more appropriate care, at a better cost.” The grant will also touch upon whether the issue is alcohol related, “[paying] for handheld breath alcohol sensors, which paramedics will be trained to use.” Read the full article here or below and make sure to join NYMIHA for the latest news in mobile integrated healthcare.


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