Jersey City – The Hudson County Board of Legislators have approved the renewal of programs totaling $429,00 in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disability and Peer Grouping.
The funds will be utilized to help provide assistance to seniors and individuals with disabilities. Peer Grouping funding provides homemaker services, skilled nursing services, case management, emergency mental health services, respite care, hospice, early intervention services, infant/toddler stimulation programs, medical supplies, pharmaceutical services, and home delivered meals for Hudson County’s most vulnerable and neediest residents with disabilities.
The grant period will be from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.
The Board has also approved the awarding of competitive contracts for the operation, administration, and management of social services programs for 2021 by the Hudson County Office of Aging.
The grant will be for the term of January 1, 2021 thru December 31, 2021. The grant amount is $4,482,901. Chairman Anthony Vainieri says these resources will ensure that the elderly are assisted in a proper manner.
The Board of Legislators has also approved $335,000 for Bayada Home Health Care, Inc. and Visiting Homemaker Service of Hudson County. The funds will be for Peering Grouping Certified Home Health Care Services. This program provides home health care services to senior citizens and people with disabilities. The services will provide basic personal care, hygiene, grooming services, meal preparation, laundering, light housekeeping, running errands and assistance with exercise regimens. These will safeguard, strengthen and maintain clients and support families. The contract will be for the term of January 1, 2021 December 31, 2021.
In addition, another $400,000 for Bayada Home Health Care, Inc. and Visiting Homemaker Service of Hudson County will be used for Title XX Certified Home Health Care Services. This program also provides home health care services to senior citizens and people with disabilities. The contract is also for the term of January 1, 2021 December 31, 2021.
Grants totaling $142,700 to provide services for Special Child Health Services Case Management, Emergency Child Abuse Services, Early Intervention Services and Employment Programs for individuals with disabilities have also been approved by the Legislators.
The purpose of the grant is to provide necessary resources to assist individuals with special needs an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and the ability to perform these services. The money will also provide early intervention services to babies with developmental disabilities within the home and community. Counseling will be provided to families to assist with child abuse prevention treatment.
The term of these grants run from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.
Also approved by the Board is the acceptance of grant funds for the Sexual Assault Nursing Examiners and the Sexual Assault Response Team Program for $165,880.
These grant funds are to be utilized to address the physical, emotional and psychological needs of sexual assault victims by reducing victimization, ensuring compassionate, sensitive and comprehensive delivery of multi-disciplinary services in a non-judgmental victim center.
The Grant Program will commence from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.
A $50,970 grant from the New Jersey Division of Highway, Sustained Safety Grant Program, to provide and improve traffic and pedestrian safety education and enforcement for fiscal year 2021 has also been approved.
An analysis of crashes identified four key contributing circumstances that warrant intervention: Impaired Driving, Seat Belt Use, Driver Distraction, and Speeding. On average a pedestrian was killed every 1.6 hours and injured every 7.5 minutes. Pedestrians’ crashes occur for a variety of reasons, including errors in judgement by pedestrians and drivers, as well as mechanical failures or shortcomings in traffic engineering. As the most densely-populated state in the nation, pedestrian safety is a major issue in New Jersey.
The grant will be for the period of October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.
A grant of $6,477,714 from the New Jersey Department of Transportation 2021 Local Bridges and Roads Fund Program will provide repairs to Hudson County roadways and bridges throughout this fiscal year.
Chairman Vainieri and the Hudson County Board of Legislators are providing the necessary resources to Hudson County municipalities in order for them to provide a safer environment on roads and bridges for residents to safely travel on.
Finally, the Legislators accepted grant funds from the 2021 New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services totaling $1,180,626.
The funds will be utilized to help Hudson County municipalities address the issues surrounding alcoholism and drug abuse in their communities. These funds will also be used to provide prevention, education, intervention and addiction treatment services to the residents of Hudson County. The program will run from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.
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