Financial Assistance

The NJ DERA Fund – The SBRN Disaster/Emergency Rapid Assistance (DERA) Fund was initially started to provide emergency assistance to people with spina bifida following a crisis such as a natural disaster, fire, accident or other emergency.  It has now expanded to include one-time partial reimbursement for general emergent and basic needs in response to an urgent or immediate need.

 The DERA Fund helps individuals with spina bifida from New Jersey with un-reimbursed costs for medical supplies, healthcare services, adaptive equipment or other basic needs (e.g., food or other supplies) in response to an urgent need. You may apply at any time but you are limited to one time per year.


Email for an application or with questions.

The Jane Horowitz Special Medical Needs Fund (SMNF) – Our Jane Horowitz Special Medical Needs Fund has been providing relief for over 20 years to families and individuals struggling with non-reimbursed healthcare-related expenses. Due to changing needs, the SMNF is changing focus for 2022. The fund will offer financial assistance to SBRN Members in New Jersey impacted by high costs for supplies related to spina bifida, such as bowel/bladder and wound care supplies, which are not covered by medical insurance or other sources of funding. Applications are available in April of each year for costs expended the previous year.

For further information, contact our office at (908) 782-7475 or


84 Park Avenue, Suite G-106
Flemington, NJ 08822


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