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MARGATE â€“ Two organizations have teamed up to improve the health care outcomes of people who have a chronic disease or severe mental illness.
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey awarded Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape MayCounties a $19,000 grant earlier this month to support the Jewish Family Service Integrated Health Partnerships program.
In its initial year, the Integrated Health Partnerships program will work with 20 mental health consumers who have been seen in the emergency room or hospitalized within the past 12 months. These patients often miss appointments, cycle in and out of emergency rooms and often do not adhere to physician recommendations.
Through a partnership with Southern New Jersey Medical Center, the program incorporates individualized case management and in-person contacts to minimize hospitalization, promote disease self-management and increase healthy outcomes. These improvements will ultimately reduce the costs associated with medical noncompliance among high-risk patients.
Call (609) 822-1108 or see www.jfsatlantic.org.