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Tuesday, November 27 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
B-30 - Outcomes to Enhance Linkages for HIV-Positive Jail Inmates: A Look at Three Programs in RI, MA, and OH

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This workshop focuses on baseline and longitudinal outcomes at three sites of a 5-year HRSA demonstration grant that enhanced linkages to care for HIV-positive jail detainees. To a far greater degree than prisons, jails are porous facilities engaged in dynamic interactions with their communities, much like emergency rooms, shelters, or train stations. Twenty-five percent of all HIV-infected Americans pass through the U.S. correctional system annually. We present the case of three jail-based programs (RI, MA, OH) that enhanced HIV testing and medical services, established mental health and case management, and successfully linked inmates to services after they were released. These programs illustrate the effectiveness and best practices for creating successful linkages to critically needed services for inmates once they are released, and ultimately to reducing viral load and improving the overall health of this vulnerable group.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will become knowledgable about best practices for successful linkages from jail to community.
  • Participants will be informed about various approaches to integrating case management, mental health, and medical care.
  • Participants will become informed about outcomes of the HRSA/SPNS enhanclink demonstration project.


Rachel Ciomcia

Program Coordinator, Care Alliance Health Center
Ms. Ciomcia is the Project Coordinator for the ATLAS Program with Care Alliance Health Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She has a BA degree in psychology from Ohio University and a MS in social administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University... Read More →

Maureen Desabrais

Program Manager, Baystate Medical Center
Ms Desabrais has over 15 years of experience in the field of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse is currently the Program Manager of the MHANCE program with Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. She has experience in managment of SAMHSA/CSAP funded programs and managment of HIV case... Read More →

Helen Loewenthal

Senior Project Director
Ms. Loewenthal has an extensive track record in both the evaluation and the development of program interventions for HIV-positive active substance users and ex-offenders. She has served as the project director for the NIDA-funded modified directly observed therapy program for HIV... Read More →

Tuesday November 27, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST

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