City of Dallas Environmental and Health Services
1500 Marilla St. Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 670-5113 (Phone)
(214) 670-5798 (Fax)
The City of Dallas Environmental and Health Services Department (EHS) is responsible for carrying out many of the city’s social service programs, including public health services, community centers, crisis intervention and homeless services. Specific to HIV/AIDS, the EHS department has considerable experience working with persons with HIV/AIDS and persons at risk of contracting/transmitting HIV/AIDS.
Grant Project Information
City of Dallas HIV/AIDS Health Improvement Program through DOORS
The purpose of this project is to facilitate the successful reintegration of HIV/AIDS Impact Offenders released from the Dallas County Jail System. Impact Offenders are defined as chronically homeless, treatment-resistant and shelter-resistant individuals within the central business district. Currently, there are coordination gaps in the continuity and transition planning of services provided to the people suffering from HIV/AIDS who are in the pre- and post-release system. Traditional modes of accessibility to existing services are not effective for this group. This project will establish and implement a county-wide transitional planning system that includes discharge case managers who oversee a pre-release component of the reentry process for HIV/AIDS Impact Offenders. The grantee will also assist in the development, implementation and support of transitional programs that can effectively facilitate the post-release reentry process for HIV/AIDS Impact Offenders by ensuring the use of available services such as case management, transitional housing, educational and vocational development, job placement, substance abuse aftercare, support groups and family services. In addition, a county-wide network of programs and agencies will be established in order to build broad based collaborations and partnerships that promote service integration. Through this project, the grantee expects to:
- Decrease HIV/AIDS cases caused by misinformation,
- Reduce HIV/AIDS deaths from lack of treatment,
- Reduce recidivism and
- Reduce costs associated with local criminal justice processing.
Performance measures include the percentage of program participants who are continuing on their schedule of medication as well as on the percentage of program participants who recidivate at different time internals post-release to the program. Data will be collected from participants, affiliated practitioners from partner agencies and official statistical data. The evaluation will include an analysis of time in care, adequacy of referral agencies and other process efficiency measures.
OMH objective(s) toward which the project’s results most contribute:
- Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health & other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
- Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)