Community Family Life Services (CFLS) provides case management for individuals that are infected with HIV/AIDS, including returning citizens. Case managers help locate housing opportunities, manage treatment and medical care adherence, assist with client education and work with other programs in Washington, DC to facilitate a healthy transition to a state of self-sufficiency.
In recent years, the D.C. Department of Health has put a lot of effort into its safe sex campaigns, particulary in HIV and AIDS prevention. While the city's AIDS/HIV rates are rapidly declining, D.C. still has some of the highest STD rates in the country. So high, in fact, that D.C. "requires its own scale” due to its very high rate of STDs. Women in the criminal justice system are among the most disproportionately infected.
Through our Ryan White program, we serve individuals with HVI/AIDS by supporting them and addressing barriers to access services. Our general services include but are not limited to:
Treatment adherence counseling
Emergency financial assistance
Advocacy and coordination of care with medical providers
Mental health referrals
Housing and food assistance
Assistance with applying for income and benefits.
We partner with Department of Housing and Urban Development to minimize the risk of homelessness, increase housing stability and promote general health and well-being of those living with HIV/AIDS. Through our Housing Opportunities for Persons Living with AIDS (HOPWA) program, we provide 18 individuals with transitional housing up to 18 months every year. This is in addition to the medical case management program’s general services.
For additional information about CFLS Medical Case Management programs contact Whitney Arkin at (202) 853-3098 or Warkin@cflsdc.org