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Wednesday, November 28 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
E-16 - Access and Retention: County Jails and State Prisons Releasing HIV+ Ex-offenders to HRSA Grantees

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For HRSA grantees in States with multiple county jails and State prisons, there will be numerous recently released ex-offenders who are living with HIV disease, substance abuse issues, and conditions surrounding poverty including homelessness. Linkages into HIV medical care and services support a public health initiative to contain the virus within individuals and reduce transmission within communities. Wrap-around services serve to strengthen the capacity to meet the ex-offender from the point of discharge and initiate a durable re-integration program to help ensure the development of independence; control of health and access to health care with no disparities in HIV-related outcomes; clean, safe, and affordable housing; fand iscal management to help improve the movement from poverty to self-reliance. What can clinical providers do to initiate a comprehensive re-integration program for ex-offenders? These problems and the solutions being worked out by the AIDS Care Group will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand strategies to address key unmet needs, as currently these jails lack the incentives and/or resources to undertake appropriate discharge planning for HIV-positive inmates needing these services. Prisoners are left with no supportive counseling for housing, mental health, substance abuse, HIV care and services and employment.
  • Participants will learn how to take years of experience in providing comprehensive care and the full spectrum of support services to marginalized, HIV/AIDS populations in the area and apply it to services appropriate for the ex-offenders.
  • Participants will understand how to build in sustainability from the start by incorporating revenue generation through provision of and by expanding such services as an affordable housing component of care.


Howell Strauss

Executive Director, AIDS Care Group
Dr. Strauss is a dentist and the Executive Director of the AIDS Care Group. After years of private practice and faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, Dr. Strauss embraced public health dentistry in the practice of oral medicine and general dentistry with... Read More →

Wednesday November 28, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
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