U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Navigator Program for Racial/Ethnic Minorities Ages 13-24Deadline: December 27, 2019
The Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Navigator Program for Racial/Ethnic Minorities (Prevention Navigator) will provide services to those at highest risk for HIV and substance use disorders. The program proposes to use a navigation approach (Community Health Workers, Neighborhood Navigators, and Peer Support Specialists) to expedite services for these populations. The program will provide training and education around the risks of substance misuse, provide education on HIV/AIDS, and provide needed linkages to service provision for individuals with HIV.
Project implementation is expected to begin by the fourth month after award. The following activities are required:
- Partner with various community sectors including healthcare, schools, justice systems, social services, the faith community, and other relevant community sectors to implement comprehensive community-based substance misuse and HIV prevention strategies.
- Develop and implement public messaging and awareness campaigns on the risk of substance misuse among individuals living with HIV and the importance of seeking care and treatment. Messaging should also be developed around risk behaviors and appropriate cautions associated with the risk of HIV transmission.
- Provide opportunities for screening and testing for HIV and viral hepatitis for individuals in the community.
- Provide navigation services to link individuals to care for HIV and substance misuse where indicated. Navigation services should include more than simply referral to services. Navigation should also include follow-up to ensure individuals are engaged and retained in treatment.
- Provide education and training to substance use disorder treatment and other healthcare providers on the importance of screening for HIV and assuring that clinical care needs are met if an individual is determined to be infected with HIV.
Amount: Approximately $16,449,000 is available to make up to 82 awards ranging up to $200,000 per year for a period of up to five years.
Eligibility: Community-based domestic, public, and private nonprofit entities, federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes (AI/AN) and tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations. Priority will be given to organizations within the localities identified to be hardest hit by the HIV epidemic. No localities within New Mexico are identified.