The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey Provides Grant for JFS Integrated Health Partnerships Program

Posted on December 17, 2013

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has awarded $19,000 for a second year of grant support to Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties (JFS) for the agency’s Integrated Health Partnership (IHP) program. Designed to improve the health outcomes of people with chronic disease and severe mental illness, this program helps reduce the costs associated with medical noncompliance among high-risk patients. Through a partnership with Southern New Jersey Medical Center, the program joins the expertise of mental health and primary care providers to target heavy users of acute medical services.

In its initial year, the Integrated Health Partnership program helped improve health outcomes for 36 mental health consumers who tend to miss appointments, cycle in and out of Emergency Rooms and are less likely to adhere to physician recommendations. This was nearly double the program’s predicted reach. The IHP program incorporates individualized case management and in-person contacts to minimize hospitalization, promote disease self-management and increase healthy outcomes.

In its second year, JFS aims to continue to serve existing participants as well as new individuals coping with chronic disease and mental illness. Several opportunities for future growth exist for the Integrated Health Partnership program including utilizing internal and external resources and increasing the number of service providers.   

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey supports nonprofit organizations that share the mission to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities throughout the state. Since its inception in 2004, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has made more than 825 grant awards to local nonprofit organizations totaling over $31 million.

Jewish Family Service serves approximately 3,500 local individuals per year through 17 service areas.  Based on the needs of the community, JFS offers counseling, case management and many other services including older adult services, family and children’s programs, autism support, Superstorm Sandy assistance, Kosher Meals-on-Wheels, a community food pantry and diabetes education.

For more information about the Integrated Health Partnerships program or other JFS services and events, please call 609-822-1108 or visit www.jfsatlantic.org.