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Services Available Through USCS

USCS provides the following services to persons living with HIV / AIDS and their families:

Case Management

services are provided to determine what each person needs to continue to be healthy, independent, and stable. Receipt of services is based on individual needs.

Medical Care

USCS provides financial assistance with doctor visits, labs and other medically necessary services related to HIV / AIDS.

Prescription Assistance

is offered through a variety of drug assistance companies. USCS also provides assistance with insurance co-pays, Medicaid co-pays, and cobra payments.

Dental Care

is offered for cleanings, extractions and medically necessary services.

Short Term Rent, Mortgage, & Utility Assistance

is available to people with HIV / AIDS and their families when they are ill and miss a paycheck and to prevent homelessness.

HOPWA

USCS can assist client's in obtaining housing through the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). HOPWA funds are designed to provide emergency housing assistance, defined as short-term rent, mortgage and utility payments and supportive services for persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless.

The HOPWA Program was established by HUD to address the specific needs of low income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. HOPWA makes grants to local communities, States, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families.The lack of affordable and medically appropriate housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families is an ongoing concern for AIDS housing providers, policy makers, and advocates across the country. Stable housing promotes improved health status, sobriety or decreased use of nonprescription drugs, and a return for some persons with AIDS to productive work and social activities. Stable housing is the cornerstone of HIV/AIDS treatment.

In the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2002 HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, approximately 384,906 persons are known to be living with AIDS and an additional 195,401 persons are known to be living with HIV infection. The HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report says that since many States are not yet reporting on HIV and these figures are incomplete. The CDC estimates that 800,000 to 900,000 Americans are actually living with HIV and AIDS. Throughout many communities, persons living with HIV or AIDS risk losing their housing due to compounding factors, such as increased medical costs or limited ability to keep work due to AIDS.

Transportation Assistance

are available to assist people with HIV/AIDS assistance to doctor visits and other HIV related services.

Mental Health Counseling

is available on an individual or group level by a licensed professional.

Title III

People with HIV / AIDS are eligible to receive primary and specialty care through New Horizon / GHS Infectious Disease Care Center. Title III is a federally funded program offering comprehensive care.

Patient Forums

are held quarterly on a variety of HIV related subjects such as adherence to medications, nutrition, women's health issues, and mental well-being.

Community Awareness

involves speaking to community groups and service providers about HIV, its transmission, and services of the Consortium. It also involved World AIDS Day, Dining With Friends fund-raiser, National Testing Day, and FATE, HIV Prevention Collaboration Activities.

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