$8.1M in grants for HIV/AIDS programs in N.J.

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:

ATLANTIC COUNTY:

Access One, Inc. $408,220

Atlanticare Regional Medical Center $871,486

John Brooks Recovery Center $54,166

South Jersey Aids Alliance $272,306

CAMDEN COUNTY:

Kennedy University Hospital $682,989

CUMBERLAND COUNTY:

CompleteCare Health Network $75,000

MERCER COUNTY:

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

MIDDLESEX COUNTY:

Hyacinth Aids Foundation $160,000

MONMOUTH COUNTY:

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:

Ocean County Board of Health $514,009

Ocean County Board of Social Services $30,000

$8.1M in grants for HIV/AIDS programs in N.J.