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NJDOH announces 250,000 grant for veterans and first responders

NJBIZ - 12/10/2018

The New Jersey Department of Health announced Tuesday, a $250,000 grant to support the creation of a new pilot program, or for funding of an existing program, to integrate primary care, behavioral health, palliative care, hospice and telehealth services for members of the military, veterans and first responders.The New Jersey Department of Health announced Tuesday, a $250,000 grant to support the creation of a new pilot program, or for funding of an existing program, to integrate primary care, behavioral health, palliative care, hospice and telehealth services for members of the military, veterans and first responders.

In a press release, the health department said the one-year grant opportunity is available to New Jersey hospitals, health care systems, federally qualified health centers and state university providers of behavioral health services.

Because military personnel, veterans, and first responders often deal with primary care and behavioral health challenges, offering the integration of health care across the continuum will help create a seamless system of care, according to the health department.

“Our military, veterans, and first responders have consistently put their lives at risk to protect all of us. They deserve integrated health care services, not only to pay back this debt, but also as part of the central mission of defense and preparedness,” Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal said in a statement. “The Department believes that this investment will ensure that care and services are accessible and coordinated in a comprehensive and efficient way.”

A letter of intent to apply is due by 2 p.m., Dec. 7. Applications are due by 3 p.m.Dec. 24.

The grant application can be found at https://healthapps.state.nj.us/noticeofgrant/documents/DFHS19IHM_rfa.pdf. Copyright 2018 BridgeTower Media. All Rights Reserved.

CREDIT: Anthony Vecchione