The Governor's Council for Medical Research & Treatment of AutismShort Title
The Governor's Council for Medical Research & Treatment of Autism, NJ Department of Health
Overview and Mission
The Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism (Council) was created by State appropriation in 1999 and has been issuing research, clinical and educational enhancement grants since 2000. As per P.L. 2007, c.174 the Council's initiatives are funded by a one dollar surcharge from motor vehicle violations and fines, with approximately $4 million being dedicated to autism research, treatment and education annually. The Council's membership is made up of representatives from academic institutions, autism and healthcare organizations, appointees of the Senate President, Assembly Speaker and Commissioner of Health, a member from the general public, and an individual with autism or a family member with autism.
The New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence (NJACE)
As detailed in P.L.2007, Chapter 168, the Council is to establish an Autism Center of Excellence in the State. First Lady Mary Pat Christie and Health Commissioner Mary E. Oâ€™Dowd, MPH joined the Council on June 28, 2012 to announce $3.7 million in grants to create the New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence (NJACE). Montclair State University was designated as the Coordinating Center for the NJACE with Dr. Gerard Costa serving as Principle Investigator for the five year grant. The mission of the NJACE is to research, apply and advance best practices in the understanding, prevention, evaluation and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), enhancing the lives of individuals across their lifespans. The NJACE initiative represents the Councilâ€™s and Stateâ€™s commitment to advancing the current knowledge pool through clinical research leading to improvements in interventions that address the physical and behavioral health needs of children, adolescents and adults with ASD.
"With the creation of the Autism Center of Excellence we will have one voice leading New Jersey's research of ASDs," said Commissioner O'Dowd. "These grants advance New Jersey's strong commitment to enhancing the lives of individuals with Autism and will put our state at the forefront of Autism research."