Care Services for People with HIV and Their Families
Contra Costa County provides services for people with HIV to increase access to medical care and to help people to stay as healthy and as independent as possible. The core of our system revolves around medical case management services that provide service coordination to HIV+ clients based on their level of health.
Our network consists of Home-based and Clinic-based Short Term Assistance, Community-based Medical Case Management, and Nursing Case Management Services. Referrals for include clinical provider referrals, substance abuse, mental health, housing assistance, legal services, food, transportation, home care, emergency assistance, patient support groups and other programs such as the AIDS Drug Assistance Program and Prevention with Positive Program and linkages to HIV Prevention Services.
The AIDS Program intake coordinator serves as a centralized source of information and referral for HIV+ people in Contra Costa County. If you or someone you know is HIV+ and interested in finding out more about services in our county, contact John Sturr, MSW at 925-313-6781 or call 925-313-6771 during regular business hours for more information.
Short Term (Safety Net) Assistance
Medical Social Workers assist people with HIV by addressing their most immediate needs and connecting them with ongoing case management services. Our team's Public Health Nurses and Medical Social Workers provide Clinic-based services at the Center for Health in North Richmond, Richmond Health Center, Pittsburg Health Center, and Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, including access to medical case management, counseling, education and prevention services, assistance with partner counseling, medication adherence counseling, AIDS Drug Assistance certification, and access to medical care appointments. Home-based services are also available for those who are more ill or who are homebound.
Community-based Medical Case Managers provide support for individuals with HIV whose health status does not require the services of a nurse case manager. Medical Case Managers work closely with physicians and other providers to encourage adherence to the medical treatment plan. Contact the intact coordinator for more information on community based services.
Nurse Case Management
A Public Health Nurse and a Medical Social Worker work as a team to provide case management services to people with severely disabling HIV or AIDS. Our goal is to assist clients in remaining independent and at home as long as safely possible. The case managers coordinate services including medical care, treatment adherence, attendant care, nutritional care, nutritional counseling, mental health, substance abuse and home delivered meals.
AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
This program pays for medications that treat HIV disease. In order to be eligible for ADAP, a person must be HIV positive, a California resident over the age of 18, have limited or no prescription benefits, and meet financial eligibility requirements. For assistance call 925-313-6771.
Early Intervention Services
Early Intervention Services (EIS) are available through Contra Costa Regional Medical Center's Richmond Health Center, North Richmond Center for Health, Pittsburg Health Center, and Martinez Health Center. The goal of the EIS program is to keep HIV positive men and women healthier longer. Physicians knowledgeable in the latest HIV treatment guidelines, provide specialty appointments in Infectious Disease Clinics. Medical Social Workers, Outreach Workers and Nurses work as a team to support patients in making and keeping appointments, understanding their medications and accessing necessary clinical and support services. Contact 925-313-6771 and ask to speak to a staff person supporting the region of the county in which you receive services.
Partner Counseling & Referral Services (PCRS)
PCRS is a service that helps people who are HIV-positive (those living with HIV or AIDS) talk to their partners (current or past) who may have been exposed to HIV. PCRS is a free, voluntary and confidential service. Call the AIDS program at 925-313-6771 or toll-free at 1-800-287-0200 for more information about this service.