HIV Education- Programs offers educational training on the science and treatment of HIV disease including basic and advanced HIV knowledge through trained and certified Health educators.
PREP/PEP Education provides fundamental information to individuals/groups about what PrEP and PEP is; how PrEP/ PEP work to prevent HIV, what drugs are used in PrEP/PEP, why adherence is important, as well as how to provide clear accurate and comprehensive PrEP/PEP awareness message to share with others.
Risk Reduction Education/Counseling is provided to clients who are identified as high risk for contracting HIV and those are living with HIV about HIV and other STIs transmission modes and how to reduce the risk of HIV/STI transmission. It includes sharing information about medical and psychosocial support services and counseling with clients to improve their health status. Prevention staff is trained to provide risk reduction counseling.
Public Health Strategies
Targeted HIV Counseling, Testing and Referrals (CTR) is a service offered to individuals that want to know their HIV status. We offer HIV test using rapid test technology that will provide test results within 15-20 minutes. Individuals also receive risk-reduction counseling and referrals are made to other services for those identified with HIV antibodies and those who are high risk for HIV and other STIs. Prevention staff are trained and certified to offer testing on-site at the agency various locations and at non -traditional community locations including mobile and in-home testing.
Behavioral Interventions ( EBIS)
Healthy Relationship is a five-session, small-group intervention for men and women living with HIV/AIDS. It is based on Social Cognitive Theory and focuses on developing skills and building self-efficacy and positive expectations about new behaviors through modeling behaviors and practicing new skills.
MPowerment is a community-level intervention designed for young gay and bisexual men of diverse backgrounds. The intervention mobilizes men to reduce sexual risk-taking, encourages regular HIV testing, builds positive social connections and supports peers to have safer sex through one session MGroup and social events for the targeted population.
Sister to Sister is a brief (20-minute), one-on-one, skill-based HIV/sexually transmitted disease (STD) risk-reduction behavioral intervention for sexually active African American women 18 and over that is delivered in a clinical setting. The purpose of Sister to Sister is to: provide intensive, culturally sensitive health information to empower and educate women ; help women understand the various behaviors that put them at risk for HIV and other STDs; and enhance their knowledge, beliefs, motivation, confidence, and skills to help them make behavioral changes that will reduce their risk for STDs, especially HIV.
VOICES VOCES is a group-level, one-session video-based intervention designed to increase condom use among heterosexual African American men and women. Core elements of the intervention includes viewing culturally-specific videos portraying condom negotiation, conducting small group skill-building sessions to work on overcoming barriers to condom use and educating program participants about different types of condoms and their features.
Linkage To Care: Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) is an individual-level, multi-session intervention with the goal of linking recently diagnosed persons with HIV to medical care soon after receiving their positive test result. ARTAS is based on the Strengths-based Case Management (SBCM) model, which is rooted in Social Cognitive Theory. The model encourages the client to identify and use personal strengths; create goals for himself/herself; and establish an effective, working relationship with the Linkage Coordinator. ARTAS is any individual who was previously diagnosed with HIV and has fallen out of care
Every Day Every Dose is a Medication adherence toolkit which includes evidence-based strategies to help improve medication adherence among patients living with HIV. These intervention help linkage to care staff (Linkage Coordinator/ Patient Navigator) assess and manage patient adherence, while also establishing a trusting relationship with their clients to help identify and address any barriers to treatment adherence.
Behavioral Health Services
Outpatient Mental Health Therapy ( OPT)- Licensed Professionals (LPC,LCSW) provides therapy and programs to clients of all ages who are struggling with mental health concerns. Services offered include Comprehensive Clinical Assessments (CCA) and individual, family and group therapy.
Substance Abuse (SACOT): Substance Abuse Counseling Outpatient Treatment (SACOT) is a structured recovery program designed to assist adult clients with beginning their recovery process and learn skills for recovery maintenance. The program offers individual and group addiction evidence-based intervention with activities provided in an outpatient setting enabling clients to maintain a residence in their community, continue to work and be part of their family life. The program is offered at least 4 hours a day, five days a week. The groups are facilitated by a Certified Substance abuse counselor (CSAC). Program oversight is provided by a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS).
Children’s (Infant /Toddler) Services
Community-Based Rehabilitative Services (CBRS) services are provided to infant and toddlers between the ages of zero through three years old and focus on providing opportunities to develop new skills that significantly impact the developmental stage of the child. Services are focused on supporting the child to build his/her resilience and supporting the child’s family to be able to assist the child to the best of their ability. These services are provided by certified and trained Behavioral Health Specialist.
Prevention /Education Team
Crystal Parker- Program Manager
Jawana Williams- Testing Coordinator/ Sister to Sister
Kenneth Freeman- ARTAS/Linkage/PREP Coordinator
Maurice Young- Healthy Relationships Coordinator
Michael Faniel- MPowerment Coordinator
L-Monique King- Administrative/Data Coordinator