The Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism

Current Grant Initiatives

Autism Health Needs Medical Homes Pilot Projects

The goal of the Autism Health Needs Medical Homes Pilot Projects is to improve the overall health outcomes of children with autism, including but not limited to the physical health of children. The Autism Health Needs Medical Homes Pilot Projects focus on reducing the unmet needs for specialty services for children with autism by bringing together primary care providers with sub specialists and ASD providers to treat the whole person. The Autism Health Needs Medical Homes Pilot Projects’ intent is to improve the quality of and access to services for children and their families, including but not limited to: primary, sub-specialty, diagnostic, behavioral, cognitive, developmental, neurological, psychiatric and prevention/wellness care.

With the understanding that building relationships and integrating the principles of the medical home is an ongoing and complex process, a priority for this pilot project is in defining the roles of and coordination of services among project partners, specifically those providing diagnostic and/or treatment services.

The success of the project is largely dependent upon the relationship established between the primary care provider, the child and the family. Input from the families/caregivers is essential in identifying the various types of pediatric clinicians to be involved in the project, from general pediatricians to pediatric subspecialty providers and other professionals providing diagnostic and/or treatment services for children with autism.

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) is a source of information for those interested in examples of medical home models and resources. A resource entitled “A Retrospective Look at Programs and Initiatives Toward a Family-Centered Medical Home for Every Child and Youth, 2008-2013” was recently published by the NCMHI and can be found at the NCMHI website:

Read about the Autism Medical Home Initiative in Health Matters, the Department’s newsletter.

NJ Autism Center of Excellence (NJ ACE) Clinical Research Grant Program

The purpose of this grant program is to support clinical research projects capable of advancing the mission of the New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence (NJ ACE). The mission of the NJ ACE is to research, apply and advance best practices in the understanding, prevention, evaluation and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), enhancing the lives of individuals across their lifespans. The NJ ACE consists of (1) a Coordinating Center, (2) three Clinical Research Program Sites and (3) twenty-one Clinical Research Pilot Projects. The NJ ACE Coordinating Center at Montclair State University’s Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health provides common management and support functions to unify the NJ ACE Program Site and Pilot Project grantees, increase efficiency and reduce costs. The grantees conduct clinical research projects with the potential to improve the physical and/or behavioral health and well-being of individuals with ASD. The Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism is particularly interested in projects with potential direct clinical impact. "News" at provides details of each grant award including research topic and amount of funding.

In addition to supporting research, treatment and prevention, the Department of Health works to connect families affected by autism to programs and services. For information about these services, please visit

Last Reviewed: 2/16/2018