The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey recently awarded a total of over $250,000 in grants to three Greater MetroWest agencies to improve services for the frail elderly and people with special needs.
The largest — a grant of $171,250 — was awarded to JESPY House in South Orange. This is a second year of funding provided by the foundation to help JESPY, which provides services for the developmentally disabled, transition from a paper-based records system to the new state-mandated electronic system.
The system will enable JESPY to better track and evaluate its services and directly bill Medicaid for reimbursement.
A $30,000 grant to Jewish Family Service of MetroWest will enable it to continue its services as a Support Coordinator for clients of NJ’s Division of Developmental Disabilities who receive services from JESPY, Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled, and other providers throughout the state.
Last year, when JFS was chosen by the state as Support Coordinator, the Healthcare Foundation provided initial support with a grant of $44,616. The latest grant will allow the agency to continue the program until it can attain self-sufficiency through reimbursements later in the year.
A third grant of $57,500 went to JCC MetroWest to improve accessibility at its Cooperman JCC in West Orange for those with disabilities.
The grant will go toward construction of handicapped-accessible restrooms on the second floor next to the facility’s Robbins Hall. The grant follows a $191,700 grant in 2012 to improve accessibility of the JCC’s Maurice Levin Theater.
The Healthcare Foundation was established in 1996 with the proceeds of the sale of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to the Saint Barnabas Healthcare System.