HIV Multi-Service Agency Initiative (MSA)
The MSA program is intended to provide HIV outreach, and prevention education to the various programs of the agency which do not have a formal HIV effort in their structure (including La Casita, Mrs. A’s Day Treatment, the Day Care Center, Bilingual Adult Education Program, Emergency Feeding Pantry and the Homeless Hot Meals Program) as well as outreach and education to the community-at-large, targeting parent groups, local youth, injection drug users, other alcohol and drug users, gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual persons, commercial sex workers, the elderly and other high risk persons.
Participants are provided with a series of eight Basic HIV Education Workshops, which include HIV risk reduction, the importance of early medical intervention, and information regarding how to live longer and healthier with HIV/AIDS. An Advanced Risk Reduction workshop series provides prevention skill building for persons needing assistance in negotiating condom use with sexual partners and learning harm reduction and relapse prevention techniques. Participants receive assistance in obtaining confidential HIV counseling and testing and a variety of placements in harm reduction, recovery readiness and substance abuse treatment programs upon request. Persons who are already HIV infected are linked with UBP’s HIV Case Management and Supportive Service programs.
The MSA program also provides intensive case management services to HIV positive individuals who do not have current Medicaid entitlements or who are not Medicaid eligible, including recent immigrants and parolees. Case Management services are identical to the COBRA program described above and include transportation services, advocacy and service coordination. MSA receives those COBRA clients who lose their Medicaid benefits, so that services are not interrupted. Conversely, MSA clients who receive Medicaid benefits are transferred to COBRA.
Eligibility: Anyone participating in UBP programs or from the community is eligible for prevention services. Case Management services are provided to HIV-positive individuals without active Medicaid and to a small number of “high risk” persons who have tested HIV negative or not been tested. High-risk persons can receive case management services for up to six months.