Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce $1.5M for NJ Mental Health Services

Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce $1.5M for NJ Mental Health Services

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today announced federal grant awards totaling $1,497,634 for six New Jersey health centers through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

"This fundingwill better enableour state'scommunityhealth centers toprovide the critical mental health services New Jerseyansneed,"said Sen. Menendez. "Comprehensive health care means more than just good physical health; it also requires attention to good mental health. These grants will provide theresourcesnecessary to increase capacity and allow morepeople toreceive the vital mental health services they need to remain healthy and active in the community."

"The physical and mental health and well-being of our residents is vital to the economic strength of our region," Sen. Booker said. "This funding allows New Jersey to treat more people struggling with substance abuse and mental health challenges while improving the quality of services offered. These grants will make a lasting difference at health centers across our state and, most importantly, in the lives of those they treat."

The specific grant awards follow:

  • $248,388 will go to AtlantiCare Health Services, Inc. in Egg Harbor Township
  • $250,000 will go to the Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton
  • $250,000 will go to Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. in Lakewood
  • $249,246 will go to Project HOPE in Camden
  • $250,000 will go to Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, Inc. in Hammonton
  • $250,000 will go Zufall Health Center in Dover

The investment will allow health centers to establish and expand behavioral health services for New Jerseyans, hire new mental health professionals, add mental health and substance use disorder services, and use integrated models of primary care. To learn more about the Affordable Care Act and Community Health Centers, visit: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/healthcenterfactsheet.pdf.

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