Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
April 18, 2002
R. Lacy, M.D.
Further Information Contact:
Laura Otterbourg or Dennis McGowan
- The Department of Health and Senior Services has been informed
it will receive nearly $45.7 million in grant funding this year
from Title II of the Ryan White CARE Act, a record amount from the
fund that supports important programs and services for persons with
HIV and AIDS. In federal fiscal year 2001, New Jersey received $43.5
million in Title II Ryan White CARE Act funding.
and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. said the
funds will be used to support vital state initiatives including
the AIDS Drug Distribution Program (ADDP), local service planning,
home care services, and health insurance continuation for persons
with HIV and AIDS.
are particularly appreciative of the support Ryan White funds provide
for our prescription program, ADDP," said Dr. Lacy. This year,
the department expanded ADDP to allow residents with HIV free access
to all medications approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.
New Jersey is only the second state to offer this wide-ranging number
of medications at no cost to HIV patients. More than 4,000 residents
are currently enrolled in ADDP.
this expansion, no New Jersey resident with HIV will be denied medication
because they cannot afford them," said Dr. Lacy. "Providing
the best possible access to medication means prolonging lives and
increasing quality of life for people with HIV."
Lacy said the Title II funding would also be used to support:
health and nursing services for homebound persons with HIV and
health insurance for persons with HIV and AIDS who are about to
lose coverage because they can no longer afford to pay the premiums.
consortia - planning groups that identify health and social services
needs for persons with HIV and their families - and essential
programs and services including support groups, transportation,
medical, nursing, dental, mental health, and substance abuse treatment
and counseling services.
initiatives such as discharge planning for persons with HIV about
to be released from correctional facilities, outreach to under-served
and hard-to-reach HIV positive individuals in order to bring them
into care, ADDP quality assurance monitoring, and health outcome
more information on these programs, call the AIDS Hotline at 1-800-624-2377,
or visit the department's website at www.state.nj.us/health.