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TRENTON, N.J. - Four Mercer County organizations will share more than $1 million in Ryan White Program grant awards that are distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Governor’s Office.

The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act—named after the Indiana teenager who became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS in the United States—is the largest federal program dedicated to providing care and treatment for people living with HIV. First enacted in 1990, it provides funding for home health care, substance abuse treatment, mental health care, hospice care and other social services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Henry J. Austin Health Center, which maintains three clinics in Trenton that provide a wide range of primary health care services, will receive $788,771. Other Mercer County recipients are the Community Health Law Project, Trenton, a nonprofit advocacy and legal services organization dedicated to serving the needs of low-income people with disabilities in New Jersey, $30,000; the New Jersey Association on Correction, Trenton, which promotes social justice and human dignity in the policies and institutions that govern offenders and victims of crime through educational, legislative and rehabilitative programs, $160,000; and St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, $54,250. The four Mercer County entities will receive a total of $1,033,021 in grant awards.

“These organizations provide needed services to our citizens, and I was pleased to learn that they will receive federal grant money to help them carry out their missions,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “We thank Gov. Christie and the Department of Health and Human Services for recognizing these worthy programs.”