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January 12, 2004

Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.

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Donna Leusner
(609) 984-7160

DHSS Announces Competitive Grants Available for HIV/AIDS Services


            TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services is seeking competitive grant proposals from agencies that can provide innovative HIV/AIDS prevention, counseling and testing, and care and treatment programs.  All fiscal year 2005 state funding for these services will be awarded competitively, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. announced today.


Grants will be given to local and community-based agencies offering high-quality services.  Proposed programs should reflect the latest research findings, and be sensitive to the cultural and language needs of the population they are intended to serve.  Applicants should develop collaborative projects with other community-based agencies, health care providers or other HIV service providers.


Organizations wishing to apply must contact the DHSS by January 20 to reserve a space at a January 22 mandatory meeting.


“We need new approaches to preventing HIV transmission and caring for those who are infected, and we need new community partners to face this challenge,” said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.


“Unfortunately, despite all the progress we’ve made, there are still too many New Jerseyans at risk for HIV infection,” the Commissioner added.  “We need to do a better job getting at-risk people counseled and tested, and getting infected people into the care and treatment system.”


All grants will run from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005.  Individual grant amounts will vary, but most will not exceed $250,000.


Grants will be awarded for programs aimed at reducing high-risk behaviors of people with HIV and those at risk for HIV, conducting counseling and testing to people at risk, and providing ongoing, follow-up care and support services for HIV-positive people.


 In the current fiscal year, there is $17 million in state funding available for these services.


The mandatory bidders/technical assistance conference will be held January 22 at 10 a.m. at the Mary Roebling Building, 20 W. State St., Room 219-220, Second Floor, Trenton.  The Request For Proposals materials package will be available at the meeting.


No later than January 20, prospective meeting attendees must contact Cindy Mimmo at (609) 984-6050 to reserve a space.  Each agency may send a maximum of two representatives.

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