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Strengthening the Safety Net: Improving Access to High Quality Health Care in Michigan

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
Jun 8, 2019

Strengthening the Safety Net grants provide funding to safety net clinics and medical and dental homes in Michigan to support general operations and direct patient care.

Funds may be used to support:

  • Equipment and medical supplies
  • Patient medication
  • Patient education related to health and healthcare
  • Information technology hardware or software
  • Facilities, including rent, utilities, and repairs
  • Communications such as printing, postage, and office supplies
  • Salaries, wages, and benefits
  • Volunteer recruitment and retention
  • Discounted contractual services such as lab, X-ray, specialty care, information technology support and grant writing

Grantees are expected to:

  1. Develop or maintain a referral relationship with nearby emergency rooms to extend care to uninsured patients
  2. Provide patient education and provider training to increase awareness of the opioid epidemic and develop an effective referral relationship for substance use disorder services, including medically-assisted treatment
  3. Use appropriate opioid treatment and prescribing guidelines and the Michigan Automated Prescription System when appropriate

Eligibility criteria includes:

  • Be based in Michigan with a mission to serve low-income, uninsured, or underinsured patients
  • Be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization or be a community-based nonprofit organization paired with a 501(c)(3)
  • Provide medical, dental, vision, mental health, pharmacy, or specialty care services to at least 100 patients and all interested adults
  • Provide services at little or no cost to patients
  • Work with volunteer administrators and clinicians
  • Have a physician serving as medical director
  • Be in operation for at least 2 years by October 1, 2019
  • Be in good standing regarding all previous Blue Cross grants, if applicable
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Safety net clinics that provide episodic care, are open for limited hours, and treat more than 100 uninsured and underinsured patients annually are eligible to apply for up to $15,000 to support their operations.

Clinics that serve as medical or dental homes and are open for at least 30 hours per week or bill Medicaid are eligible to apply for up to $25,000 to support team-based approaches to care and increase opioid awareness and treatment. Awards at this level require a $10,000 match.

Application process

Links to the application instructions and required forms are available on the program website.

Email applications to

Hard copies of documents that cannot be emailed may be mailed to:

Strengthening the Safety Net Grant Program — MC L10C
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
232 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933-1504

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Access · Behavioral health · Benefit enrollment and application · Capital funding · Clinics · Community engagement and volunteerism · Grant writing · Health literacy · Healthcare needs and services · Healthcare quality · Illicit drug use · Medical homes · Mental health · Oral health · Pharmacy and prescription drugs · Prescription drug abuse · Primary care · Specialty care · Substance abuse · Technology for health and human services · Uninsured and underinsured · Michigan

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