Mary Pat Christie and Mary O’Dowd Announce $4.4 Million for Autism Services and Research

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First Lady Mary Pat Christie and Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd Gather at Jersey Shore University Medical Center to Announce $4.4 Million in Grants for Autism Medical Homes and Expansion of Autism Research

On June 25, 2015 First Lady Mary Pat Christie and Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd announced $4.4 million in grants to establish Autism Medical Homes and the advance research in the understanding, prevention, evaluation and treatment of  the biologically-based disorder.  Mrs. Christie and Commissioner O’Dowd were joined by parents, hospital officials, autism care providers, and members of the Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism for the announcement that took place in Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s Kurr Atrium. Jersey Shore University Medical Center, along with Children’s Specialized Hospital and Hackensack University Medical Center were among the fortunate grant recipients. Meridian Health’s funding will be used to launch an Autism Care Coordination Program at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital focusing on improving the quality of and access to services for children with autism and their families. To read the full press release, click here.