Jersey City BOE scores $1.6M federal grant for substance use & mental health programs


The Jersey City Board of Educations has scored a $1,586,166 federal grant for substance use and mental health programs, along with “projects of regional and national significance,” U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) announced.

The Jersey City Board of Education Headquarters at 346 Claremont Ave. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“These federal funds will improve access to quality, affordable health care for millions of New Jerseyans across the state. When investments are made into the education and medical research necessary to save lives and end suffering, we are investing in our country’s present and future,” Menendez said in a statement.

“From state universities to medical centers and local school systems, we are all working urgently toward a future with less illness, more support and better education to prioritize the health and well-being of all of our communities, particularly our most vulnerable and underrepresented communities.”

The grant funding, which totals $21,890,548 million statewide, comes from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funds that were allocated to the New Jersey Department of Health.

“This vital federal investment will improve the health and well-being of all New Jerseyans. It will strengthen research and programs that address issues such as substance abuse and addiction and bolster our public-health infrastructure,” added Booker.

These grants will provide funds to support medical research conducted by New Jersey universities, substance use prevention programs in local school systems, head start programs, and advanced medical education programs.

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