- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A network of community health centers servicing counties in New York’s Finger Lakes region has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to provide more screenings for depression and substance abuse for its patients.

The Democrat & Chronicle of Rochester reports (https://on.rocne.ws/1KNYWrt ) Regional Primary Care Network will use the three-year United Health Foundation grant to incorporate behavioral health into primary care.

RPCN President and CEO Michael Leary says approximately 16,000 patients in Monroe County will receive the screenings, which will be conducted by nurses or medical assistants.

More RPCN patients will be asked about their mental health thanks to a stipulation calling for the grant to reach 75 percent of the network’s patients.

RPCN serves 81,000 people in 23 locations, a majority of which are concentrated in the Rochester area.

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Information from: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, https://www.democratandchronicle.com

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