Services for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Below is a listing of Ryan White services that are available to eligible HIV positive clients of The Project. To become a client of The Project, individuals must able to show proof of RI residence, income (beneath 400% poverty), and HIV+ status.   To enroll as a client, contact The Project at 401-831-5522.

Client Case Management
A case manager will work with a client to access eligible services and take control of certain aspects of their life.  Case managers provide direction on where to get help, assistance with paperwork, connections to medical, dental and mental health services.  Case managers also provide information regarding housing, legal referrals, food resources, wellness programs, emotional support, education, medication, clinical trials, and statewide service organizations.

COBRA
Upon leaving work due to a job change, disability, etc., an individual can elect an option to pay for continuing health insurance at the former employer’s group premium rates for 18 to 29 months. This program can pay the COBRA premiums for qualifying clients. All payments are made directly to the health care insurer on behalf of the client.

Healthcare Insurance Continuation
This program provides financial support for health insurance to clients who are self-employed, working part time for an agency that does not offer health insurance, working for a temp agency, or enrolled in private health insurance.

Individuals who are on unemployment or TDI, with the expectation of returning to work, are also eligible for this program. All payments are made directly to the health care insurer on behalf of the client.

Dental Program
This program provides financial support for dental care for individuals who do not have dental insurance. To qualify, a release of information needs to be signed by the client so that The Project to can contact participating dentists regarding billing and payments. The maximum annual coverage for pre-approved dental services is $1,500. On a case-by-case basis, medically necessary exceptions are made to exceed this amount. All payments are made directly to the dentist office on behalf of the client.

Emergency Financial Assistance Program
Clients may be eligible to receive financial assistance for a variety of needs, including medical costs, rent, heat, and other utility expenses. Verification of income and expenses along with completion of an Emergency Financial Assistance application is necessary. Clients can only apply for funding once every 12 months and the maximum amount of financial assistance is $200/year. All payments are made directly to the landlord or service provider, as appropriate.

RIPTA Bus Passes
Limited supplies of tickets are available for persons in need of transportation to medical visits. Clients who have bus passes, or who are able to obtain their own transportation, are not eligible. Clients who are disabled are encouraged to apply for Bus Passes through RIPTA.

Clinical Counseling  (Outpatient only)
Clients may receive counseling by providers who specialize in HIV, substance abuse and other mental health issues.  Services are provided to individuals regardless of insurance status.

Afia Center for Health and Wholeness
Clients are eligible to take advantage of a variety of services through the Afia Center located at Matthewson Street Methodist Church, Downtown Providence. The Afia Center is a drop-in center that operates on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12 noon – 3:00 pm. The Center offers a hot meal, shopping at food pantry, support groups, outings and group activities, psycho-social support, community sharing, and arts and crafts. New members must obtain an application from The Project, and have application filled out by HIV doctor or case manager. There is no fee associated with the services offered through the Afia Center.

Nutritional Support
Clients who have a statement or medical evaluation from their doctor/medical professional indicating the need of a nutritional supplement are provided cases of Ensure Plus, Glucerna, and/or Juven. The medical statement must be renewed every six months by a doctor/medical professional. Clients who have health insurance are only eligible for this program if they can show written proof that they are unable to obtain nutritional supplements from their own pharmacy. A nutritionist from The Project will provide counseling for all those prescribed nutritional supplement.