There are different community-based organizations in each region of the state that are funded to provide medical case management services. Case managers can assist persons living with HIV to get into medical care and other services, including medications, dental care, housing, and transportation. A case manager will assess your medical and social service needs, as well as your resources including support systems, and help link you to available services. Many of these organizations receive funding from the federal government called Ryan White.
The services provided in each region vary, depending on funding and the identified needs in each region. Ryan White Part B services are provided by community based organizations in the Department of Health and Hospital (DHH), Office of Public Health (OPH) Regions 3 -9 that are contracted by the HIV/AIDS Program (HAP) for the provision of specific services.
Services that may be provided include:
Ambulatory/Outpatient Medical Care
Direct Emergency Financial Assistance
Food Bank/Home Delivered Meals
Mental Health Therapy/Counseling
Substance Use Treatment/Counseling
To qualify for Ryan White Part B medical case management in the DHH OPH Regions 3 -9, the client must meet the following criteria:
*HIV positive Louisiana resident
*Income no greater than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level ($21,600 for a single individual in 2009)
*May not receive case management from more than one Ryan White-funded provider.
The HIV/AIDS Program of the Louisiana Office of Public Health administers funds to provide supportive services to seven public health regions outside of the New Orleans Part A Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA) and the Baton Rouge Part A Transitional Grant Area (TGA). HAP funds Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in public health Regions 3 through 9 to provide important services to low income persons living with HIV disease. These regions are roughly represented as:
Region 3 - Houma / Thibodeaux
Region 4 - Lafayette
Region 5 - Lake Charles
Region 6 - Pineville / Alexandria
Region 7 - Shreveport
Region 8 - Monroe
Region 9 - Independence / Bogalusa
For more information contact:
Kira Radke-Friedrich, MPH
1450 Poydras Street Suite 2136
New Orleans, LA 70112
For a regional directory that includes a list of the COBs providing services to persons living with HIV disease and contact information for each, click here.
The parishes within the New Orleans Part A EMA (Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. James, St. John, St. Charles, St. Tammany and St. Bernard) receive Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act, through the City of New Orleans. Individuals living with HIV who reside in these parishes with a household income up to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level ($43,320 for a single individual in 2009) may be eligible for services.
For more information regarding New Orleans EMA services and eligibility criteria contact:
New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council (NORAPC)
2601 Tulane Ave, 4th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70119
New Orleans Mayor's Office of Health Policy
Fran Lawless, Director
1515 Poydras Street, Suite 1200
New Orleans, LA 70112
Fax - 504-565-7921
Likewise, the Baton Rouge Transitional Grant Area (which includes the parishes of East and West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, East and West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville, Livingston and St. Helena) receives funding from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act through the City of Baton Rouge. Individuals living with HIV and residing in the Baton Rouge TGA with a household income up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level ($32,490 for a single individual in 2009) may be eligible for services.
For more information regarding services and eligibility criteria in the Baton Rouge TGA contact:
Mayor's Office of Community Development
300 Louisiana Avenue, 2nd Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70802