New intake center for HIV services unveiled in New York
New York City officials on Tuesday unveiled a new primary intake center for the city's HIV/AIDS Services Administration to help better deliver city services to HIV-positive residents, Newsday reports. The center, located on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, is designed to reduce wait times for HASA clients and reorganize administrative functions. HIV-positive people and their family members will be able to access a range of services at the center, including such public assistance programs as food stamps, housing assistance, home care, and Medicaid-related care. Health workers at the center will have improved access to client files through an Internet-based system that alerts them when clients are in the building. "We have tried to incorporate all of the best and practical suggestions to provide the best client services," Iris Jimenez-Hernandez, executive deputy commissioner of the medical assistance and community services program for HASA, told Newsday. Approximately 100,000 New Yorkers are HIV-positive, accounting for about 16% of the nation's HIV cases.