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Burrell Behavioral Health will use the funding to improve its telehealth services.
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Burrell Behavioral Health will use the funding to improve its telehealth services.

FCC awards $767K to Burrell

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The Federal Communications Commission awarded $767,184 in funding to Burrell Behavioral Health.

The funding through the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program will be used for Burrell's virtual care services in central and southwest Missouri, according to a news release.

“For years Burrell has set the pace for telehealth access to behavioral health services in Missouri, and COVID-19 has only reinforced the need for and value of these programs for the people we serve across our 17 Missouri counties,” Burrell President and CEO C.J. Davis said in the release. “We are so appreciative of the FCC’s trust and partnership, and can’t wait to expand our already robust platform to those who need it most, at a time when they need it more than ever.”

Burrell specifically plans to use the federal funding to purchase laptops, mobile hotspots, network upgrades and videoconferencing equipment.

Burrell's award is part of $29.4 million in funding issued nationwide, according to the release. The FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

Davis previously has said mental health would suffer amid the pandemic. In March, he referenced what he calls A-COVID, or the anxiety of COVID.

Burrell reported 2019 revenue of $117 million, representing three-year growth of 40%, for Springfield Business Journal's 2020 Dynamic Dozen awards.

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