What is happening to HIV prevention in Los Angeles?

preventionIn 16 days, HIV prevention services are going to be cut off from funding for 3 months.

What is going to be done to backfill these services to prevent clients from falling through the cracks?

What about  syringe exchange, which can’t be funded with federal (Ryan White) dollars?

Are we going to stand up for our prevention programs, or are we going to wait and see what government decides?

TIME IS RUNNING OUT

BEFORE CITY-FUNDED

PREVENTION PROGRAMS

LOSE FUNDING

WHAT WE CAN DO:

Attend this meeting. Ample time & space are being set aside for public comment.

Called by Committee Chair
SPECIAL MEETING – BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE
Monday, March 17, 2014
JOHN FERRARO COUNCIL CHAMBER, ROOM 340 – 6:00 PM
200 NORTH SPRING STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012
MEMBERS: COUNCILMEMBER PAUL KREKORIAN, CHAIR
COUNCILMEMBER MITCHELL ENGLANDER
COUNCILMEMBER PAUL KORETZ
COUNCILMEMBER BOB BLUMENFIELD
COUNCILMEMBER MIKE BONIN
(Erika Pulst – Legislative Assistant -(213)-978-1075 or email Erika.Pulst@lacity.org)
Click here for agenda packets

UPDATE:

LA City AIDS Prevention Funding Cut & Impacts 

Description of ACO’s HIV Prevention & Education Portfolio:

The ACO develops and manages contracts with community-based organizations to provide AIDS education and prevention services, with special outreach to the populations hardest hit by the epidemic including youth, transgender individuals, injection drug users, Native Americans, women, and gay men. Activities include HIV testing, referrals, distribution of HIV/AIDS educational materials, health education, peer-led risk reduction sessions, and syringe collection and disposal.

Starting April 1, there will be no funding for ANY of these prevention & education programs for 3 months.

On July 1 they intend to begin funding again, but so far they only have 57% of the budget they need to support services at their current level.

Budget

Annually the ACO provides $1,041,941 to prevention services providers; $86,828 monthly.

To cover costs for all programs for 3 months: $260,485.

Impact

Syringe Disposal & Targeted Health Education & Outreach for people who use injection drugs:

  • LA City is the only governmental support for syringe exchange based prevention services and syringe disposal in City limits.
  • Annually reach 8,800 people use the syringe exchange sites; 2,200 will not have access to these services if they close for 3 months.
  • 2,400 people are met in their communities by outreach workers providing health education and risk reduction services; 600 will not receive these services during the funding gap.
  • The disposal program collects and safely disposes of 1,163,251 used syringes each year preventing many HIV and hepatitis C infections.  During the gap, 290,813 will have no where to go.

Veterans:

  • Veterans served annually by LA City HIV Prevention Program 700; 175 won’t get HIV prevention services.

HIV Counseling & Testing:

  • 30,000 tests a year; 7,500 HIV tests won’t happen.

Jobs:

  • these programs employ 38 individuals in full and part time positions. Most are from the communities the programs served – many were clients before they were trained and became valued community educators, testers, outreach workers, social workers, and others.
  • They will not be paid for their work for LA City for 3 months, for many of them this will mean they will be laid off as of April 1 – 16 days from now.

THE SITUATION:

Starting April 1 – in 16 days there will be no program funding from the LA City AIDS Coordinator’s Office.  There may be funding available for services starting July 1, but so far they have only identified 57% of what they need to provide existing services.

 There will be no funding for any of these programs from the CAO when their contracts end March 30th.  After July 1 they only have 57% of the budget covered – so even if the City Council covers this gap – we are still facing a 43% reduction in direct services starting July 1.

 They are the only ones funding syringe *disposal* because they can’t fund the exchange part in LA City Limits. LA County supports  a number of approved sites outside of the City of LA.

THE FORMAL RESPONSE:

  1.  Request that City Council cover 3 month budget gap from April 1 through July 1.  
  2. Reinstate funding at the same level starting July 1.

WHO IS LOSING FUNDING?:

Here is the list of programs funded by the City AIDS Coordinator’s Office:

Health Education:

APAIT Health Center
Support group for Asian/Pacific Islander (API) men who have sex with men (MSM)
18+ years old
www.apaitonline.org

APLA Health & Wellness (formerly known as AIDS Project Los Angeles)
The Red Circle Project – Support group for Alaska Native/Native American MSM
www.apla.org/health-and-wellness/hiv-education/red-circle-project.html

Bienestar Human Services, Inc.
Comprehensive Risk Counseling Services (CRCS) for young Latino MSM 18-24 years old
www.bienestar.org/eng/page/91/Counseling.html

Center for Health Justice
HIV and substance abuse education for Incarcerated Women and Gay Men
www.centerforhealthjustice.org

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Mental health services for Transgender Youth ages 13-24
www.chla.org/site/c.ipINKTOAJsG/b.7501767/k.5FBA/Transgender_Services__
Adolescent_Medicine__Case_Management__Health_Education.htm

East Los Angeles Women’s Center
Promotora Program for women at sexual risk (WSR)
www.elawc.org

Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse
3MV Intervention: Many Men, Many Voices – provide group risk reduction counseling sessions to African American MSM.
www.lacada.com

Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center
Group and individual counseling for Homeless/Runaway Youth ages 13-24
www.lagaycenter.org/site/PageServer?pagename=YW_Youth_Services

Valley Community Clinic
Popular Opinion Leader (POL) for MSM
www.valleycommunityclinic.org/HIV-AIDS

HIV Testing:

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Mobile HIV Testing targeting youth of color in South Los Angeles
www.aidshealth.org

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
Routine HIV Testing in-clinic for everyone ages 13-64
www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/stds-hiv-safer-sex/hiv-testing-19857.htm

The Saban Free Clinic
Routine HIV Testing in-clinic for everyone ages 13-64
www.thesabanfreeclinic.org

St. John’s Well Child & Family Center
Routine HIV Testing in-clinic for everyone ages 13-64
www.wellchild.org
Syringe Collection & Disposal:
Syringe Collection Program – remove dirty/used syringes from City streets, and provide risk reduction services to injection drug users (IDUs)

Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc.
www.aadapinc.org

Bienestar Human Services, Inc.
www.bienestar.org/eng/page/92/Syringe-Exchange.html

LA Community Health Project/ Clean Needles Now
www.cleanneedlesnow.org

Common Ground: The Westside HIV Community Center
www.commongroundhiv.org

Homeless Health Care Los Angeles
www.siteground181.com/~hhcla565/harm-reduction/harm-reduction

Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc.
www.tarzanatc.org

3 thoughts on “What is happening to HIV prevention in Los Angeles?

  1. Susan Forrest says:

    WHAT WE CAN DO:

    Attend this meeting. Ample time & space are being set aside for public comment.

    Called by Committee Chair
    SPECIAL MEETING – BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE
    Monday, March 17, 2014
    JOHN FERRARO COUNCIL CHAMBER, ROOM 340 – 6:00 PM
    200 NORTH SPRING STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012
    MEMBERS: COUNCILMEMBER PAUL KREKORIAN, CHAIR
    COUNCILMEMBER MITCHELL ENGLANDER
    COUNCILMEMBER PAUL KORETZ
    COUNCILMEMBER BOB BLUMENFIELD
    COUNCILMEMBER MIKE BONIN
    (Erika Pulst – Legislative Assistant -(213)-978-1075 or email Erika.Pulst@lacity.org)
    Click here for agenda packets

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