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NJ Department of Health announces $250K grant opportunity to integrate health care for military, veterans, first responders

NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) Monday  announced a $250,000 grant opportunity to support the creation of a new pilot program or to support an existing program focused on integrating primary care, behavioral health, palliative care, hospice, and telehealth services for members of the military, veterans, and first responders.

This one-year grant opportunity is available to New Jersey hospitals and healthcare systems.

“Military personnel, veterans and first responders often carry experiences from their service that can negatively impact their health, especially their mental health,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “Offering the integration of health care across the continuum will help create a seamless system of care.”

Grants equaling $250,000 each will be awarded to a total of two hospitals or healthcare systems. The grants will support further development of integrated care networks in New Jersey that can meet the ongoing primary and behavioral health care needs of military, veterans, and first responders. In previous years, this grant funding supported programs such as telehealth programs to connect veterans to primary care; outreach to veterans organizations and EMS; and discussion groups with veterans on health, wellness and stress.

To be eligible to apply for a grant, a letter of intent to apply must first be submitted to the NJDOH’s Integrated Health Services branch at Letters are due by 12:00 p.m. on June 10.

The applications are then due on June 24 by 5:00 p.m. The grant application can be found at: and can be submitted at Full submission instructions are included on the grant application.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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