HIV Care Program
Ryan White Part B - Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI/ARTAS)
Minority AIDS Initiative
The Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI), first established in fiscal year (FY) 1999, was codified by the Congress under Title XXVI of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act as amended by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006 (Ryan White Program). The MAI includes competitive grants for States and Territories funded under Part B of the Ryan White Program for the purpose of “education and outreach services to increase the number of eligible racial and ethnic minorities who have access to treatment through the Part B AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).”
The Georgia Ryan White Part B Program submitted a MAI Part B grant in 2012. In April 2012, the HIV Unit received a Notice of Grant Award. 100% of funding is for education and outreach services. The primary focus of the Georgia Part B MAI Grant is target recently diagnosed HIV positive clients or those that have known of their HIV status and have not accessed care within 6-12 months, and effectively link these clients with medical care within 90 days.
Part B MAI planning activities should be coordinated with all other local funding streams for HIV/AIDS to 1) maximize education and outreach strategies to link racial and ethnic minorities to ADAP and 2) reduce duplication of services and efforts.
Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) Linkage Case Management (ALCM)
ARTAS is an individual-level, multi-session, time-limited intervention to link individuals who have been recently diagnosed with HIV to medical care. ALCM is based on the Strengths-Based Case Management model. This model encourages the client to identify and use personal strengths; create goals for him/herself; and establish an effective, working relationship with the ALCM. This model also views the community as a resource for the client; client sessions can take place either inside/outside of the office.
The minimum eligibility for the Linkage to Care/ARTAS Program includes the following:
· 18 years of age or older
· Has received an HIV-positive diagnosis within the last 6 to 12 months
· Has not been on antiretroviral treatment
· Has not received case management or social work services for HIV-related needs
· Has not visited an HIV care provider more than once
· Other HIV+ Considered:
o Repeat clients (if lost) assessed for appropriateness
o New to area clients (in HIV care in other cities and risk being lost to care)
The following Health Districts that are currently participating in ARTAS are: Albany, Augusta, Clayton, Columbus, Fulton, and Savannah/Brunswick
MAI FY13 Goals and Objectives
To improve HIV-related health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS
· Increase the number of low income, uninsured minority HIV positive individuals who are enrolled in HIV primary care.
· Increase the number of low income, uninsured minority HIV+ individuals who are enrolled in ADAP.
· Increase the number of minority HIV positive individuals who are educated about living with and managing their HIV infection.
· Increase the number of low income uninsured minority HIV positive individuals who re-enroll in ADAP and were previously lost to follow-up.
· Increase the number of low income uninsured minority HIV positive individuals who re-enroll into primary care and were previously lost to follow-up.
To reduce HIV related health disparities and disease among racial and ethnic minority communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS
· Reduce HIV-related mortality in minorities.
· Reduce stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV.
Contact: HIV Care Program Manager, Marisol Cruz (404) 463-2453