Health Care Grant Opportunity for Military, Veterans, And First Responders

By: Savannah Scarborough, Follow South Jersey Intern

SOUTH JERSEY – For those military, veterans, and first responders in need of increased health benefits, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has announced a new $250,000 grant opportunity (available for one year) for New Jersey hospitals and health care systems to support existing or newly created programs. According to the NJDOH, the programs that utilize this grant must focus on integrating primary care, behavioral health, palliative care, hospice, and telehealth services. 

“We highly value the service of our military personnel, veterans and first responders, whose experiences can often be stressful and negatively impact their health and emotional well-being,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.

Military personnel, veterans, and first responders often undergo traumatic events, much more intense than ordinary civilians, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. According to experts, these individuals’ mental and physical health requires special care and must be well-supported. 

The grant will be awarded to two hospitals or healthcare systems with $250,000 each. The grant intends to support further developing integrated care networks in the state to meet the ongoing primary and behavioral health care needs of military, veterans, and first responders. The awarded hospitals or healthcare systems must provide patient care, ensure timely appointment scheduling, and provide patient referral services. 

“Providing an array of integrated programs and services can help increase access to health care and improve health outcomes,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.

Eligibility to apply for the grant begins with a letter of intent submitted to the NJDOH’s Integrated Health Services branch by 2 p.m. on May 31, 2023, at Once a letter of intent is submitted, applications are due by 3 p.m. on June 15. Instructions for how to submit are included on the request for applications notice. 

To request an application notice, click here, and submit it to

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