The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey recently awarded 15 grants totaling $2.35 million to improve the health and wellness of underserved and vulnerable populations in greater Newark and surrounding low income NJ communities.
The largest of the grants ($1,000,000) was awarded to the Trinitas Health Foundation (Elizabeth) to create The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Patient Therapy Unit in Trinitas Health Center’s Emergency Department. Trinitas has the largest hospital-based behavioral health program in New Jersey and the only residential treatment facility for children up to the age of 18. Funding for this project will create a quiet, safe, therapeutic space in the ED for treating patients who present with psychiatric and/or substance abuse crises and will protect other ED patients – both adults and children – from the disturbing and often aggressive behaviors exhibited by psychiatric patients awaiting treatment. The space will be staffed 24/7 by a multi-disciplinary team trained in de-escalation techniques who will work together to stabilize patients and advance them to treatment.
Additional grants aimed at improving the health and wellness of the greater Newark community include: $210,000 to Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside to maintain and expand its care coordination team for children with complex physical and mental health needs, many of whom require multiple physician and therapy visits each week; $150,000 to the Newark Trust For Education in a collaborative effort with other funders to support approximately 10 public schools in their efforts to attend to the behavioral health concerns of students and families and educate staff to deal with students’ challenges; $150,000 to the Trust for Public Land build a playground at Newark’s Lafayette Street School so that children have a safe, engaging place in which to play and be active; $140,000 to the North Ward Center, for the purchase of two handicapped accessible vehicles for the transport of clients of its Casa Israel Adult Medical Day Care Center; $48,000 to the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, to outreach to the homeless community and provide them with year-round case management and other services; and $35,270 to the Bass Foundation for its “Backpack Buddies” program, providing weekend packages of food to East Orange children whose families suffer from food insecurity.