Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Inc.
60 Adams Avenue, Hauppauge, NY 11788
(631) 385-2451 (Phone)
(631) 423-2788 (Fax)
The Long Island Association for AIDS Care was the nation’s first suburban AIDS service organization and is the region’s oldest and largest provider of HIV-related services. It is a federally recognized minority-serving agency and mentor that provides both direct services to minority populations and capacity building assistance to other agencies.
Grant Project Information
2009 HIV/AIDS Health Improvement for RE-entering Ex-Offenders
The purpose of this project is provide integrated HIV/health and wellness services, socio-economic support, and recidivism prevention mentoring that are needed by minority ex-offenders as they re-enter communities in Long Island, New York. The regions has roughly 2,000 reentrants from state correctional facilities who return to Long Island communities on an annual basis, and the vast majority are racial and/or ethnic minorities who have high rates of HIV/AIDS infection. This project targets racial and/or ethnic minority males/females, ages 18-75, who are HIV positive or at high risk of HIV transmission/infection and are re-entering Long Island communities from New York State and Federal correctional facilities. Specific strategies include the following: identifying and engaging 500 HIV+ and HIV at-risk reentrants per year, providing 375 reentrants with needed services and referrals per year and communicating with their families and the correctional facilities to support their reintegration comprehensively. The grantee will assess individual needs, create tailored plans, link each reentrant to needed services and work with families of reentrants, offer referrals and build reentrants’ skills regarding risk reduction. Data on specific quantitative objects and indicators will be collected, such as number of minority HP2010 objectives addressed, number of persons participating in OMH-funded minority activities per year, number of individuals with increased awareness and knowledge of HIV risks, number of strategic planning documents developed and number of partnerships to coordinate service to reentrants. The data will be compared at intake and six months to help the grantees understand how well the program is achieving its proposed outcomes, which include increased awareness of HIV status and connection between reentrants and health care resources; reduction in reentrants’ risk behaviors, and improved HIV/AIDS prevention strategies
OMH objective(s) toward which the project’s results most contribute:
- Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems
- 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)