What you need to know
Hackensack Meridian Health received a $2 million federal grant to support an in-hospital violence intervention program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center which will support Monmouth County communities including Asbury Park, Neptune Township and Long Branch City.
The program, part of a $20 million federal grant announced by Gov. Murphy, is the largest such investment in the U.S. and aims to support communities with a comprehensive, hospital-based approach to stem violence.
More details about the grant
The grant will allow hospitals to ensure that counselors connect with victims before they leave the hospital and return to the communities where they were shot or assaulted. Each program will be tied to local community groups. An array of services will be offered, including counseling, substance abuse treatment, educational opportunities and more.
“I look forward to helping establish a continuum of care for victims of violence. Thanks to this grant, we will be able to provide trauma-informed wraparound care for victims from the moment they arrive in our emergency department to well after they have regained their footing in the community.’’Aakash Shah, M.D.