TRENTON – The state’s estimated 45,000 residents suffering from HIV/AIDS received some good news Wednesday, as some $8.1 million in federal grants have been awarded to hospitals, health centers, and other groups that provide medical and support services, the state Health and Senior Services Department said.
Of that amount, $6.3 million in Ryan White grants will go to 17 organizations.
“The Ryan White grants will help hospital clinics, community-based organizations and public health agencies who make such a difference in the lives of those with HIV/AIDS with the comprehensive services they provide,” said DHSS Commissioner Mary O’Dowd in a release.
A second $1.8 million grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will enhance HIV testing and allow clinics in five cities to buy HIV testing kits and hire patient navigators to help those who test positive for HIV to enroll in treatment.
Of that amount, $1.4 million will go to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School to enhance rapid HIV testing and grants of $87,500 will go to Newark, Camden, Atlantic City, Neptune and Jersey City to hire patient navigators to help individuals who test positive for HIV enroll in HIV/AIDS care programs. The navigators will also provide counseling and outreach services to those living with HIV/AIDS.
The Department also provides approximately 7,000 low-income individuals with access to a wide range of HIV/AIDs medications through its AIDS Drug Distribution Program.
DHSS Deputy Commissioner Dr. Arturo Brito said community organizations receiving Ryan White grants are required to spend at least 75 percent of the money on medical services and no more than 25 percent on support services like transportation and case management.
The following is a list of Ryan White Grant recipients from each county:
Access One, Inc. $408,220
Atlanticare Regional Medical Center $871,486
John Brooks Recovery Center $54,166
South Jersey Aids Alliance $272,306
Kennedy University Hospital $682,989
CompleteCare Health Network $75,000
Community Health Law Project $30,000
Henry J. Austin Health Center $788,771
New Jersey Association on Corrections $160,000
St. Francis Medical Center $54,250
Hyacinth Aids Foundation $160,000
Discovery Institute for Addictive Disorders $62,000
Jersey Shore University Medical Center $1,184,600
Monmouth Medical Center $465,811
Riverview Medical Center $340,986
Ocean County Board of Health $514,009
Ocean County Board of Social Services $30,000