State Health Department Awards Grants to Support Outreach, HIV Prevention and Primary Care Services to Substance Users
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 30, 2010) – Grants totaling $7.6 million have been awarded to support outreach, HIV prevention and primary care services to substance users, the State Health Department announced today.
"These programs will help improve the health and overall lives of active and recovering substance users throughout New York State," said State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. "Addressing the unique needs of this population is paramount to successfully combating the AIDS epidemic."
Eleven awards were made to support onsite primary medical care, retention in care, and prevention for HIV-positive substance users in drug treatment settings. One award was made to provide HIV prevention and retention in care for HIV-positive substance users in a drug treatment setting. Fifteen awards were made for enhanced outreach, HIV testing, and transition to drug treatment services for active substance users who are not in drug treatment.
New York has been successful in significantly reducing new HIV infections among injection drug users – yet this population still accounts for more than 37 percent of the state's cumulative AIDS cases as of December 31, 2007 (the most recent year of complete data). In addition, substance use continues to be a major factor in the spread of HIV infection through sexual contact.
These funds will encourage users to reduce or eliminate their use of substances, to seek out medical screening and care, and to modify behaviors that put themselves and others at risk for HIV infection. In addition, people living with HIV/AIDS who are in drug treatment programs will receive services to help them stay in medical care, adhere to treatment, and diminish risk behaviors.
Awards Will be Made to the Following Organizations
Onsite Primary Care, Retention in Care, and Prevention for HIV-Positive Substance Users in Drug Treatment Settings
|Division of Substance Abuse of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine||$540,000|
|Montefiore Medical Center||$359,720|
|VIP Community Services, Inc.||$360,000|
|Addiction Research and Treatment Corp.||$540,000|
|St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers of NY||$234,810|
|Beth Israel Medical Center||$540,000|
|Daytop Village, Inc.||$495,135|
|Lower East Side Service Center, Inc.||$360,000|
|Staten Island University Hospital||$360,000|
HIV Prevention and Retention in Care for HIV-Positive Substance Users
|Center for Comprehensive Health Practice||$99,200|
Enhanced Outreach, HIV Testing, and Transition to Drug Treatment Services for Active Substance Users not in Treatment
|VIP Community Services Inc.||$212,500|
|The After Hours Project||$212,498|
|New York Harm Reduction Educators||$212,500|
|Safe Horizon Inc.||$212,500|
|AIDS Center of Queens County||$212,500|
|Community Health Action of Staten Island||$212,500|
|Central NY and Southern Tier|
|AIDS Community Resources Inc.||$212,500|
|Southern Tier AIDS Program||$177,687|
|AIDS Rochester Inc.||$212,500|
|Mid-Hudson Valley AIDS Task Force (ARCS)||$212,500|
|The Sharing Community Inc.||$168,616|
|Long Island Association for AIDS Care (LIAAC)||$212,500|
|AIDS Council of NENY||$204,123|
|AIDS Community Services of Western NY Inc.||$212,500|