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WASHINGTON, DC - Today Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded CentraCare Health in St. Cloud, MN a grant of $324,290 to provide telehealth services for Minnesotans in rural areas. Specifically this grant will support implementation and evaluation of broad telehealth networks to deliver 24-hour Emergency Department (ED) consultation services via telehealth to rural providers.

“This grant will help make behavioral health care services more available for Minnesotans living in the Sixth Congressional District,” said Congressman Emmer. “I look forward to more opportunities to expand telehealth services across rural Minnesota.”

“This is a great opportunity to deliver innovative mental health services in areas not possible before. We look forward to applying telehealth technologies so that integrated, patient-centered behavioral health services are available in our larger service area,” said Rachael Lesch, RN, BSN, MBA, Senior Director of Population Health and Virtual Health at CentraCare.