The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey recently awarded five grants totaling $828,032 to improve the delivery of healthcare to vulnerable, underserved children in Newark, NJ. The grants, which the Foundation hopes will serve as models of care delivery for children across the country, all involve the integration of behavioral/mental health care with pediatric primary care.
The largest of the grants ($226,489) was awarded to the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Foundation to test and refine the first fully integrated pediatric practice in the region at Children's Hospital of New Jersey (CHNJ). The hospital will implement a new collaborative care model at its Pediatric Health Center that will integrate behavioral and developmental health. Funding will underwrite the hires of a full-time psychologist, embedding behavioral and developmental testing, intakes, and treatment within the pediatric setting; a full-time navigator to conduct baseline screenings and intensively coordinate care; and the purchase of technology to enable the tracking and analysis of results.
St. James Health, Inc., a new Federally Qualified Health Center formed to fill the void in the Ironbound section of Newark since the closure of St. James Hospital, received $200,000 to establish integrated primary, dental, and behavioral care for children and caregivers using a care team model, with a primary focus on children but also new mothers and pregnant women. The project's goal is to replace episodic, crisis care for the Ironbound's predominantly Latino/Hispanic immigrant infants and children with a medical home and health system that advances healthy development.
Addition grants aimed at integrating primary and behavioral healthcare for children include: NJCRI ($146,293), to add pediatric and prenatal services using the agency's existing Living Well adult model of integrated primary care and behavioral health; Rutgers Community Health Center ($189,750) to establish a multidisciplinary, dedicated pediatric primary care team that includes community health workers to support the healthy development of infants and children 0-21 living in public housing in East Newark; and Main Street Counseling Center ($65,500), to integrate behavioral healthcare into the school based health center at Newark's 13th Avenue School, in partnership with Jewish Renaissance Medical Center.
Other grants awarded by The Healthcare Foundation on June 20, 2016 improve health and wellness for vulnerable, underserved populations in the region total $1,928,599, for a total of $2,766,631.