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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Needs of HIV Infected Persons in Texas: Analysis of HIV Jurisdictions’ Needs Assessments, Dr. Rountree

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  • 1. Capacity Building Project to Serve the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Needs of HIV Infected Persons in Texas: Analysis of HIV Jurisdictions’ Needs Assessments Michele A. Rountree, MSW, PhD Ratonia C. Runnels, LMSW Joy A. Learman, MSSW School of Social Work University of Texas at Austin
  • 2. Roundtable Objectives
    • Develop optimal care and treatment strategies/programs for PLWHA
    • Implement strategies to ensure recruitment and retention in care and treatment for PLWHA
  • 3. Roundtable Overview
    • Introductions
    • Review of the Capacity Building Project
    • Presentation of the Findings
    • Discussion
  • 4. Project Rationale
    • In 2007, less than 2% of Ryan White direct service funds were allocated to MH services and about 1% were allocated for SA services
    • Not addressing the MH and SA needs of PLWHA can lead to negative health outcomes
      • impede adherence to antiretroviral regimens
      • prevent clients from obtaining medical care
  • 5. Project Overview
    • Purpose
      • determine the MH and SA service needs of PLWHA in Texas
      • create recommendations to facilitate access to effective treatment
    • Method
      • conduct document analysis on the comprehensive HIV needs assessments of 8 admin. agencies
      • examined themes regarding strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • 6. Findings
    • Gaps in Continuum of Care
    • dearth of programming specifically designed for PLWHA
    • difficulty in providing all services in rural areas
    • lack of effective service coordination among providers
    • need for improved referral processes
    • Access to Services
    • inaccurate information on services & eligibility
    • long wait times & difficulties making appts.
    • problems with cost & transportation
    • need for further staff training
    • stigma
    • active MH & SA issues
  • 7. Recommendations
    • Gaps in Continuum of Care
    • programming specifically designed for PLWHA
    • cross-training & co-location of services
    • planning councils
    • improved referrals and follow-through
    • program evaluation
    • use of evidence-based practices
    • Access to Services
    • quality control improvements
    • review of office hours and staffing patterns
    • facilitate information sharing
    • staff training
    • community outreach & awareness activities
    • client education (MH&SA)
  • 8. Discussion
    • Questions?
    • Additional ideas?
    • Feedback?