State Health Department Awards Grants to Provide Case Management and Supportive Services to HIV-Infected New Yorkers

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 25, 2010) – Forty-one organizations will share in $6.7 million to provide supportive services to persons living with HIV and AIDS throughout New York State, State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines announced today. The State Health Department is allocating the funding from federal Ryan White funds.

"Regular HIV medical care and adherence to antiretroviral treatment regimens is essential to maintaining the health and longevity of persons living with HIV and AIDS," said Commissioner Daines. "Supportive services like case management, health education, linguistic services, and medical transportation help remove the barriers that can impede access to regular medical care."

Twenty-nine grant recipients will utilize funds to provide case management, psychosocial support, health education and risk reduction, treatment education, and linguistic (translation/interpretation) services. Twelve organizations will offer medical transportation.

Research supports the role of supportive services in helping HIV-infected persons access and maintain care and improve clinical status. Case management has been associated with a higher use of HIV medications and with fewer unmet supportive service needs among clients with HIV infection. Receipt of case management, linguistic and transportation services by HIV-positive persons has been associated with access and engagement in primary medical care. Special populations that receive case management services, such as youth, homeless and marginally housed individuals, have shown improved antiretroviral adherence and improved immune system status.

Humberto Cruz, Director of the AIDS Institute, said, "People living with HIV disease face tremendous challenges. Stigma and discrimination still exist. Treatment options change. Life circumstances vary. These services are intended to help people living with HIV and AIDS maintain the support and stability they need to stay in HIV medical care and treatment."

Grants for supportive services were awarded on a competitive basis following review and evaluation of proposals submitted in response to a request for applications.

HIV/AIDS Grants for Supportive Services

A. Case Management and Other Supportive Services

Region Grant Recipient Award
Central NY Southern Tier AIDS Program $200,000
AIDS Community Resources, Inc. 200,000
Finger Lakes AIDS Rochester, Inc. (AIDS Care) 200,000
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester 200,000
Hudson Valley Mid-Hudson Valley AIDS Task Force (ARCS) 200,000
Hudson River Healthcare, Inc 170,000
TOUCH – Together Our Unity Can Heal, Inc. 150,000
Catharine Street Community Center 150,000
Long Island Options for Community Living, Inc. 170,987
North Shore University Hospital 197,861
Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Inc 200,000
Northeastern NY AIDS Council of Northeastern New York 200,000
Unity House of Troy, Inc. 67,328
Catholic Charities AIDS Services 186,962
New York City The Partnership for the Homeless 200,000
Harlem United Community AIDS Center 200,000
AIDS Service Center New York City 200,000
BronxWorks (Citizen's Advice Bureau) 200,000
CAMBA, Inc. 200,000
Exponents, Inc. 200,000
African Services Committee, Inc. 200,000
After Hours Project, Inc. 200,000
Community Healthcare Network 200,000
Community Health Action of Staten Island 150,000
William F. Ryan Community Health Center 187,561
The Fortune Society 200,000
Village Center for Care, Inc 199,687
Western NY Erie County Medical Center Corporation 150,000
AIDS Community Services of Western NY, Inc. 150,000
Total Component A Funding $5,330,386

B. Medical Transportation

Region Grant Recipient Award
Central NY AIDS Community Resources, Inc $144,500
Finger Lakes Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester 150,000
AIDS Care (AIDS Rochester, Inc.) 100,000
Hudon Valley Mid-Hudson Valley AIDS Task Force (ARCS) 150,000
Catharine Street Community Center 75,000
Long Island Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc. 75,000
New York City Housing Works, Inc. 124,120
After Hours Project, Inc. 100,000
Northeastern NY AIDS Council of Northeastern New York 150,000
Unity House of Troy, Inc. 32,133
Western NY American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter 150,000
AIDS Community Services of Western NY, Inc. 150,000
Total Component B Funding $1,400,753
Grand Total $6,731,139