This article discusses three meetings. First, it reports on the Jan. 24 meeting of the HIV Planning Council (HIV-PC). Second, it reports on the Jan. 4 meeting of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). Third, it reports on the Feb. 1 meeting of SFAN.
The Broward HIV Planning Council (HIVPC) oversees the Ryan White Care (RWC) Program of Broward (RWC-Broward). The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) advises the RWC program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward (RWC-FL DOH Broward).
HIV Planning Council
The HIV PC meeting moved $250,000 from the Health Insurance Continuation Program. It also moved $36,000 from Mental Health Services and $25,989 from Medical Case Management. It moved all $321,989 to Ambulatory Health Services. The latter program saw a significant increase in its number of clients.
January South Florida AIDS Network
Election of its officers occupied most of this meeting. Joey Wynn announced that he could no longer be chair as his work load had increased. SFAN re-elected Gary Hensley and Trudy Love as vice chair and secretary respectively. SFAN elected Greg Beltran to succeed Wynn as chair.
Wismy Cius, of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, reported changes to DOH’s pharmacy’s policies. People who pick up their meds at the DOH pharmacy can now obtain a 90-day supply. Clients must first have their physician’s approval.
Arianna Lint requested an investigation about her removal from the HIV Planning Council.
February South Florida AIDS Network
Leonard Jones, RWC-Broward, discussed RWC Funding. RWC-Broward has three funding sources. One source is competitive. Complex formulas determine the other two awards.
The formula for the RWC Base award uses the number of HIV cases detected in a given county. The number of people receiving HIV services does not determine RWC funding. Only those who first tested HIV-positive in that county are linked to that county’s RWC funding. Jones estimated that 33 percent of RWC-Broward’s clients were not tested in Broward.
For example, say Patient X receives his first HIV-positive test result in Chicago. He then moves to Broward and begins to receive RWC services in Broward. His positive HIV result in Chicago determines where "his" RWC dollars go. Those dollars will always go to Chicago regardless of where Patient X is receiving RWC services.
Recently, Broward County received a reduction in HIV funding of $100,000. At the same time, its client load increased by 3 percent. Jones warned that RWC-Broward was “heading to a mismatch between funds and services.”
RWC-Broward is now at maximum capacity according to Jones. Without more funding, Broward will have to streamline services, reduce services, or increase eligibility. Jones stressed that the “continuum of services has worked for last five years.” He does not want to see it break down. Jones said it was not sustainable over the long run.
This potential short fall will not impact agencies immediately. Jones said there may be an impact in the second half of next fiscal year (October 2019 to February 2020).
Tamika Johnson announced that Broward Health Medical Center is now offering oral and anal STD testing.
Next SFAN Meeting: Thursday, March 7, at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Healthplex, 1000 NE 56thSt., Fort Lauderdale. SFAN welcomes newcomers.
The RWC-FL-DOH Broward announced that two RWC dental clinics will be closed effective Feb. 28, 2019. The two clinics are located at The South Regional location at 4105 Pembroke Rd., Hollywood and at the Paul Hughes location, 205 NW 6th Ave.
Beginning March 1, RWC Dental patients should go to The Fort Lauderdale Clinic, 2421 SW 6th Avenue 954-467-4705. Its hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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