Meetings are held annually to allow the community of providers and clients to provide in
put on service rankings and funding amounts. These meetings allow community members to
recommend service priorities and allocate funding resources with the goal of improving the
quality, availability, and organization of prevention and care services for individuals and
families living with HIV disease or at risk for infection of HIV.
In essence, a Comprehensive Plan is like a “road map”. Imagine
that you are taking a cross-country road trip. You lay out where you want to
go, what cities you want to drive through, sights to see along the way, hotel
stops, etc. Well, this Comprehensive Plan is a multi-year service map that
aims to outline the spread of HIV and AIDS throughout East Texas, describe
available resources for people to get health care, and outline how providers
plan on ensuring access to these resources. This Comprehensive Plan is develop
with the assistance of our providers and input gathered through annual community
input meetings. The Plan is updated annually to reflect the changing needs of
our regional communities.
NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND SPECIAL STUDIES
This activity involves having clients and providers complete surveys that
provide us with useful information. Specifically, the client survey aims to
collect information on services used, service barriers and information on
quality-of-life issues. A different survey is also sent to social services
agencies in each area.
Information reported on HIV care services used are considered during
priorities and allocations meetings to rank the services that reflect the
reported needs of the community. In addition, information from the needs
assessment is used to decide if more tailored studies on specific
populations are needed.
STANDARDS OF CARE (SOC)
Standards of Care are minimal and basic requirements for providers to
carry out services to clients. Each funded agency is expected not only to
comply with these Standards, but also to expand on them according to the
specific needs of their clientele, and their own operational philosophy.
The purpose for each Standard of Care is to ensure that recipients of funded
services are receiving high quality care from providers who are fully
qualified to provide it.