HIV Planning Council Report

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This article discusses the monthly meetings of the HIV Planning Council (HIVPC) and those of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). The HIVPC is the planning body for Broward County’s Ryan White Care Program (Broward-RWC). SFAN is the advisory and networking body for the RWC program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward (FL-DOH RWC). Each meeting welcomes newcomers.

Broward RWC- HIVPC

Resolving budget problems with the Food Bank and Food Voucher program dominated HIVPC’s August meeting.

Leonard Jones, Broward-RWC, reported that the Food Bank and Voucher Program had “exceeded its fiscal capacity.” It could run out of its funds as early as the middle of November. The Planning Council would have to change its Food Bank and Voucher Program.

This program serves people living with HIV with incomes less than or equal to 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). It provides its clients with one food unit that can be either a box of food or a voucher for food.

From 2015 to 2017, the number of people in this program decreased by 11.1 percent. The increase occurred elsewhere. From March 1 through August 15, 2015, the program provided an average 3.42 of food boxes or food vouchers per client. From March 1 through August 15, 2017, that average had risen to 6.52 food boxes or vouchers per client. In order to keep this program open, the Planning Council would have to limit distribution of food boxes and vouchers.

The Priority Setting and Resource Allocation Committee of the HIVPC had proposed one solution. The HIVPC discussed the committee’s proposal and HIVPC’s decision-making process. The Planning Council sent this issue back to the Priority Setting and Resource Allocation Committee for more work. It then set temporary annual limits for food boxes and vouchers as a temporary stopgap measure.

The HIVPC grouped people in this program into three categories. Each category would have a different limit of food boxes and vouchers. People with annual incomes of 0 to 150 percent of the FPL comprised the first group. Those with annual incomes of 151 to 250 percent of the FPL comprised the second. People with annual incomes of 251 to 300 percent of the FPL comprised the third group.

People with annual incomes of 0 to 150 percent of the FPL could receive up to 18 food units. These 18 food units could be boxes of food, vouchers for food, or some combination of the two. No one could receive more than six food vouchers per year

People with annual incomes of 151 to 250 percent of the FPL could receive up to 12 food units. These units can be a combination of food boxes and vouchers. No one could receive more than six food vouchers in a year.

No changes will occur for those with annual incomes between 251 and 300 percent of the FPL. People could receive up to three food units. These units can be a combination of food boxes and vouchers.

South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN)

Hurricane Irma forced the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) to cancel its September meeting. Its next meeting will occur on Oct. 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sister Innocent Conference Center of Holy Cross Hospital, 4725 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale.

No HIVPC meetings will occur in September. Its next meeting will be October 26. HIVPC’s meetings occur on the last Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. The HIVPC meets at the Government Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale. For updates or meeting room locations, call 954-561-9681 ext. 1343.

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