State Health Department Announces Funding for HIV/AIDS Services

Grant Awards Will Support Services to Substance Users at High Risk of Contracting, Transmitting HIV

Albany, July 31, 2002 – New York State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. today announced grant awards totaling $8.5 million to organizations in New York City and across New York State to support essential services to New Yorkers infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, and specifically, those who are at highest risk.

"No State spends more to fight HIV and AIDS than New York, and these awards demonstrate, once again, our commitment to ensuring that essential health services are available to those who need them most," Dr. Novello said. "We applaud the staff and volunteers of the recipient organizations and encourage them in their important work."

Dr. Novello said that injection drug use is the single largest risk factor for HIV/AIDS in New York State. New York's strong support for initiatives to help substance users get into drug treatment, receive health care, and learn how not to infect their partners will dramatically reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in our State, and will save lives.

The awards represent both State funding and federal dollars obtained by New York State. Grant recipients were selected as a result of a competitive Request for Applications process, based on their ability to address urgent health issues affecting substance users at high risk for HIV/AIDS, including primary care, case management, outreach and prevention services. Funds will be targeted as follows:

  • $2.7 million of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds will support prevention services for persons in drug treatment; including education, counseling and testing, partner notification and supportive counseling.
  • $1.6 million of State and CDC funds will support outreach and prevention services for substance users not in treatment, as well as to help smaller drug treatment programs develop the capacity to provide prevention and counseling and testing services for their clients.
  • $3.8 million of State, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Ryan White Title I funds will support HIV primary care and case management at drug treatment programs where there are large concentrations of persons with HIV and AIDS.
  • $375,000 of State funds are directed to create new and innovative services for helping active injection drug users get into drug treatment and access HIV primary health care.

A total of 28 agencies–some of them providing more than one category of services–will receive awards in the following amounts:

New York City Targeted Service Area Award*
Addiction Research & Treatment Corporation Multi–Borough $640,000
Beth Israel Medical Center Multi–Borough $449,990
Daytop Village Multi–Borough $450,000
Foundation for Research on STD Multi–Borough $250,000
Narco Freedom Multi–Borough $200,000
New York Harm Reduction Educators Multi–Borough $190,000
Project Samaritan Health Services Multi–Borough $250,000
Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn & Queens Multi–Borough $300,000
Staten Island University Hospital Multi–Borough $550,000
Family Services Network of New York Brooklyn $185,000
JCAP Foundation Queens $160,000
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx $550,000
Bronx AIDS Services Bronx $190,000
Bronx–Lebanon Hospital Center Bronx $400,000
Montefiore Medical Center Bronx $319,234
Promesa Bronx $400,000
St. Barnabas Hospital Bronx $170,000
VIP Community Services Bronx $390,000
Center for Comprehensive Health Practice Manhattan $250,000
Greenwich House Manhattan $465,000
Lower Eastside Service Center Manhattan $395,742
St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Manhattan $175,000

Note: Six of the multi–borough applicants serve Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. Three serve Bronx and one serves Staten Island.

Rest of New York State Targeted Service Area Award*
Nassau County Department of Drug & Alcohol Addiction Long Island $240,000
The Sharing Community Hudson Valley $175,000
AIDS Community Resources of CNY Central New York $130,000
AIDS Council of Northeastern New York Northeastern New York $178,000
Huther–Doyle Memorial Institute Western New York $175,000
Kaleida Health – Project Reach Western New York $321,413

* Award amounts are approximate and subject to negotiation of final budgets.

7/31/02–82 OPA