County, Fla., which had its federal Ryan White CARE Act
grant for HIV services cut by 13% from last
year's funding level, is planning sweeping
reductions in HIV programs and services to offset the loss
of more than $1.2 million, the Palm Beach Post
reports. Funds for food allowances will be reduced by 75%,
and legal aid services will be cut by 55%, say county
officials. Eight of 52 caseworker positions at the
Comprehensive AIDS Program of Palm Beach County will be
eliminated, while an open caseworker job at the AIDS service
organization Compass will remain unfilled. The maximum
amount of time HIV patients can see caseworkers at
both agencies will be reduced, as will access to
mental health services and substance abuse treatment.
say the cuts will result in about 600 HIV patients
losing dependable transportation to medical appointments,
800 HIVers losing food assistance, and about 400 cut
from case management and referrals programs.
Of 51 U.S.
metropolitan areas that receive Ryan White funding, only the
San Antonio area received a larger percentage loss in
funding than did Palm Beach County. (The
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