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

Applicant Name Award
Bronx
Division of Substance Abuse of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine $540,000
Montefiore Medical Center $359,720
Promesa $325,725
VIP Community Services, Inc. $360,000
Brooklyn
Addiction Research and Treatment Corp. $540,000
St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers of NY $234,810
Manhattan
Beth Israel Medical Center $540,000
Daytop Village, Inc. $495,135
Greenwich House $360,000
Lower East Side Service Center, Inc. $360,000
Staten Island
Staten Island University Hospital $360,000

HIV Prevention and Retention in Care for HIV-Positive Substance Users

Applicant Name Award
Manhattan
Center for Comprehensive Health Practice $99,200

Enhanced Outreach, HIV Testing, and Transition to Drug Treatment Services for Active Substance Users not in Treatment

Applicant Name Award
Bronx
VIP Community Services Inc. $212,500
Brooklyn
The After Hours Project $212,498
Manhattan
Harlem United $212,500
New York Harm Reduction Educators $212,500
Safe Horizon Inc. $212,500
Queens
AIDS Center of Queens County $212,500
Staten Island
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
Finger Lakes
AIDS Rochester Inc. $212,500
Hudson Valley
Mid-Hudson Valley AIDS Task Force (ARCS) $212,500
The Sharing Community Inc. $168,616
Long Island
Long Island Association for AIDS Care (LIAAC) $212,500
Northeastern NY
AIDS Council of NENY $204,123
Western NY
AIDS Community Services of Western NY Inc. $212,500