Linkage to Care

 


Overview

Linkage to Care is a transition from HIV Testing to HIV Medical Care. In order to effectively capture linkages taking place throughout the state, The Office of HIV/AIDS has expanded the number of Linkage Coordinators across the Health Districts, utilizing a systematic networking strategy among health departments. Promptly increasing linkages to HIV medical care to within thirty (30) days of diagnosis and improving retention in HIV primary care. Linkage to Care begins with diagnosis and ends with engaging or re-engagement into medical care.

Georgia's Test-Link-Care (TLC) Network

 

 

Linkage to and Retention in Care is constantly and successfully being enhanced through inter-organizational collaborations that coordinates HIV testing, HIV primary care, and supportive services throughout the state. The Test-Link-Care Network (TLC Network) expands across the eighteen (18) health districts within Georgia. District Linkage Coordinators identifies and promptly link to care persons newly diagnosed or living with HIV, but not receiving care, and improves clients’retention in HIV primary care. Partnering organizations are based within various geographical areas across the state to address the needs of HIV care and support services.The TLC Model has led to better coordination of care and treatment of linkage activities with the Georgia Department of Corrections, Ryan White, Private Medical Providers, and Community Based Organizations involved with HIV testing and treatment. The TLC Network demonstrates the value of having full-time dedicated Linkage Coordinators for newly diagnosed and out-of-care persons.  

Care and Prevention in the United States (CAPUS) Resource Hub

The CAPUS Resource Hub is an online tool which facilitates linkage to HIV/AIDS care and social services statewide. Components of the hub include a Ryan White Pre-Eligibility Portal, mapping and testing information, a Resource Directory, and medical information on HIV/AIDS and related health conditions. This centralized tool leverages existing resources and expands the treatment, testing, and prevention capabilities of Georgia organizations within the HIV/AIDS realm. To learn more visit gacapus.com

Corrections Linkages

Each year, roughly 300 HIV positive inmates are released from prison. The Department of Corrections provides Pre-Release Case Management Services and work closely with the Office of HIV to connect the ex-offenders to HIV medical and care services, via District Linkage Coordinators. This collaboration is an integral part of HIV Care and Prevention Services that is essential to the emerging ex-offender population, while illustrating a created opportunity to construct a standardized linkage to care process within Georgia's correctional institutional settings. 

 

Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) 

ARTAS is an individual-level, multi-session, time-limited intervention to link individuals who have been recently diagnosed with HIV to medical care. ARTAS is based on the Strengths-Based Case Management model, which encourages the client to identify and use personal strengths, create goals, and establish an effective working relationship with the Linkage Coordinator. ARTAS views the community as a resource for the client; therefore client sessions can take place either inside/outside of the office setting.

Resources for Providers

 

 

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Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Report makes recommendations for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing, which are intended for all health-care providers in the public and private sectors, including those working in hospital emergency departments, urgent care clinics, inpatient services, substance abuse treatment clinics, public health clinics, community clinics, correctional health-care facilities, and primary care settings.                                                                                                                    The recommendations address HIV testing in health-care settings only:

       Resources for Linkage Case Managers

The following resources can assist linkage case managers with their respective ARTAS and general linkage efforts:

ARTAS Linkage Forms

 

Download this pdf file.Referral and Linkage to HIV Medical Care and Supportive Services
Download this pdf file.HIV-560   ARTAS Linkage to Care Forms Instruction Guide
Download this pdf file.HIV-561   ARTAS Linkage Confidentiality Agreement
Download this pdf file.HIV-562   ARTAS Informed Consent (English)
Download this pdf file.HIV-562   ARTAS Informed Consent (Spanish)
Download this pdf file.HIV-563   ARTAS Intake Screening Form 
Download this pdf file.HIV-564   ARTAS Encounter Form
Download this pdf file.HIV-565   ARTAS Contact Log
Download this pdf file.HIV-566   ARTAS Medical/Non-Medical Referral Form

 

Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI)

Download this pdf file.MAI Monthly Report Key Definitions and Instruction  Guide

Download this doc file.HIV-568 ARTAS Monthly Report *(MAI Specific)

General Linkage Forms

 

Download this pdf file.HIV-560   General Linkage to Care Forms Instruction Guide
Download this pdf file.HIV-561   General Linkage Confidentiality Agreement
Download this pdf file.HIV-562   Download this pdf file.General Linkage Informed Consent Form
Download this pdf file.HIV-563   General Intake Screening Form 
Download this pdf file.HIV-564   General Encounter Form
Download this pdf file.HIV-565   General Contact Log
Download this pdf file.HIV-566   General Medical/Non-Medical Referral Form

Reports

 

Download this pdf file.HIV-568 Linkage Data Monthly Report* (Prevention Specific)
Download this pdf file.HIV-568 Linkage Data Monthly Report Guidance (Prevention Specific) 

Related Resources

 

Download this pdf file.2020 District Linkage Coordinators' Contact List
Download this doc file.Ryan White Part B Clinic List (November 2019)
Download this pdf file.ARTAS Brochure Template-DeKalb
Download this pdf file.ARTAS Brochure Template-Columbus
Download this pdf file.ARTAS Brochure Template-Fulton
Download this pdf file.Test-Link-Care-Network Flyer Template

National HIV/AIDS Strategy

    For Additional Information:

Office of HIV/AIDS

Zenora Sanders, M.Ed.

Statewide Linkage and Retention Coordinator

Zenora.Sanders@dph.ga.gov

Courtney Eaton, MPA 

Assistant Statewide Linkage Coordinator

Courtney.Eaton1@dph.ga.gov

 

Page Last Updated 06/10/2020