April 5, 2002 – Federal grants totaling $1,072,935 have been awarded to the territory by U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services for programs relating to HIV/AIDS treatment, bioterrorism preparedness and crime victim compensation.
According to a statement from the office of Delegate Donna Christian Christensen, most of the money will go to provide health care and support for people infected with HIV.
A grant of $722,935 in Ryan White Title II funds from Health and Human Services will go to St. Croix's Charles Harwood Complex to pay for medicine and treatment, help those with private health insurance pay for their coverage, and make AIDS testing and treatment more accessible to those who need it.
A grant of $150,000 from HHS has been awarded to the Health Department through the federal Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness program. The program funding is to help hospitals nationwide plan and carry out emergency response to incidents such as last year's deliberate spread of an anthrax virus on the mainland.
Participating hospitals will receive 20 percent of the funding up front, according to the statement, with the balance to be released after administrators submit bioterrorism action plans for approval by Health and Human Services.
A grant of $65,000 from the Justice Department will go to the Virgin Islands' victims compensation fund, which is administered through the Human Services Department.
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