Department of Health Funds Autism Center; Tattooing For Autism Event Raises $10K

Sources: New Jersey Dept. of Health; UnderMySkinForLife Foundation

New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal today announced $4 million in grant funding to Rutgers University to create the New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence (NJACE).

Funded through the Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism, the Center will advance research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in New Jersey and provide a statewide system of training and continuing education programs for healthcare professions to improve the clinical care of those with ASD.

The NJACE will help address the unmet needs of the autistic population through a collaborative and comprehensive network of healthcare providers, researchers, people with ASD and their families, biopharmaceutical companies, universities, corporations, businesses and other autism centers.
The Center will also be in partnership with Children’s Specialized Hospital, and will receive a grant of $800,000 each year for five years.

In a new change, New Jersey’s Medicaid program will cover autism spectrum disorder benefits. “This gives young people with Medicaid coverage access to appropriate screening and treatment,” said Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson. “It’s another investment by Governor Murphy in building a stronger future for our state.”


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Tattooing For Autism VII was a huge success — a lot of people showed up for a great cause. We would like to thank all the celebrities that took there time to help us, all the vendors who set up, all the volunteers who stepped up, and all the people who attended. We will be donating $10,000 to Oasis Farm Theraputic Living of Red Bank NJ for their adult autism services, and without all of you it could not have happened. THANK YOU, EVERYONE!!!

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