Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced today that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has awarded $26,997 to improve telehealth for Families First in Elizabethtown. The funding is intended for laptop computers, videoconferencing equipment and software, and smartphones to use telehealth services for home and community-based services and to treat child and family behavioral health patients also diagnosed with COVID-19.

“This funding for the Families First facility in Elizabethtown is critical to providing care to individuals and families in the area,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Improving telehealth capabilities for centers like this one will ensure patients can receive remote care and services that they need, specifically including behavioral health services and care for those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. I will continue to advocate at the federal level for funding that provides essential medical services to our North Country communities.”

The FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, authorized by the CARES Act, has approved funding for 444 health care providers in 46 states as well as Washington, DC for a total of just over $157.64 million in funding.