• picture
  • picture
  • picture
  • picture
  • picture
  • picture
"Compassion without judgement!"

Services

We Offer A Wide Variety Of Services & Programs

Case Management
Compassion Programs
Housing Opportunities
Ryan White Part B
Support Groups
Project AIDS Care (PAC)
AIDS Insurance Continuation Program (AICP)
Education/Prevention
Testing
Central Panhandle Aids Network (CPAN)
Every Child: 1 Promise
N UR Face
UR Connected (a "Linkage to Care" program)

 

 

 

 

Answers:

[ Back to Top ]

Case Management

Case Management is an individualized service under which a person living with HIV is assisted in understanding their medical and related needs and in formulating a personalized plan of care. The case manager also assist the client in accessing various services, serves as a support in maintaining adherence to medications and the plan of care, and guides the clients in yearly progress assessments. Case Management services are provided by BASIC NWFL, Inc. and are designed to link and refer HIV positive persons to appropriate services in our community depending upon the individual's need to maintain their physical and mental well being.

All applicants seeking services must meet the following documentation requirements:

• Proof of HIV Status;
• Proof of Residency in Florida;
• Not participating in local, state or federal programs where the same types of services are provided or available;
• Low income less than or equal to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level; and
• Willingness to cooperate and provide truthful information

Regardless of ability to pay, BASIC’s financial assistance programs are available to all HIV positive persons and are based upon the financial needs of those individuals. BASIC offers a variety of Patient Care Programs and all of our programs are subject to accessibility, availability, and funding.

For further information call Cynthia Albert, Director of Client Services at 850-785-1088 Ext. 112 Or Sharron Hutchison at 850-785-1088 Ext. 135.

[ Back to Top ]

Patient Drug Assistance Programs

The programs help client obtain medications that are financially prohibitive to an individual can often be obtained through compassionate drug programs provided through the medications' manufacturer and/or distributor. The BASIC NWFL, Inc. case managers can access these types of services and explain each in detail to the client on a one-on-one basis. The BASIC NWFL, Inc. case manager can assist/refer clients in completing the eligibility process so that they can receive their medications at no cost, or significantly reduced cost.

[ Back to Top ]

Housing Opportunities

The goal of the HOPWA program is to provide funds for the payment of rent or mortgage, and utilities for HIV positive individuals and their dependent family members. This program is intended to be accessed for a limited period to assist individuals and their families through transitional periods when their HIV positivity causes financial difficulties. Thus, this is a “needs based” program, in which the client must demonstrate the level of benefits needed through verifiable documentation.

The individual meets with his/her case manager to determine how their HIV positivity has created a financial crisis that is threatening the client's living situation and whether there is a need for housing financial assistance. After a need is determined, the client completes an application for assistance that includes proof of income, bills requested to be paid, family budget, and a plan on how the client will work to prevent a repeat situation. The case manager then reviews these documents for completeness. Funding is based upon a client's ranking of need and availability of funds. Funding for transitional housing is also available in emergencies to prevent homelessness.

Resource Identification

At BASIC, the HOPWA program includes Resource Identification Staff who assist in the following ways:

• Establish, coordinate, and develop materials that inform clients of available housing and resources;
• Support and help the client to complete the permanent housing applications and eligibility screenings for tenancy or utilities;
• Help to develop a housing service plan to establish stable permanent housing; and
• Compile a Community Resource Booklet to assist clients in finding resources for their ongoing needs in Bay and surrounding counties.

For Additional Information Contact your case manager at 850-785-1088.

[ Back to Top ]

Ryan White Part B

This program offers many resources and services based upon an individual's needs. Financial assistance under Ryan White Part B may be accessed to provide HIV related medical services, diagnostic procedures, and prescription pharmaceuticals. Financial assistance may also be utilized for limited dental services. This program is designed to assist individuals so that they can access medical care and thus avoid costly HIV related complications. The individual meets with their case manager to determine intensity of need and the individual's financial situation. Together the client and case manager develop a plan of care for the client and the client's family to meet their identified needs. The case manager then helps the client to access the variety of services outlined in the plan of care.

The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act (Ryan White Care Act, Ryan White, Pub.L. 101-381, 104 Stat. 576, enacted August 18, 1990) was an Act of the U.S. Congress named in honor of Ryan White, an Indiana teenager who contracted AIDS through a tainted hemophilia treatment in 1984, and was expelled from school because of the disease. White became a well-known advocate for AIDS research and awareness, until his death on April 8, 1990

The act is the United States' largest federally funded program for people living with HIV/AIDS. The act sought funding to improve availability of care for low-income, uninsured and under-insured victims of AIDS and their families.

The act passed in the United States House of Representatives by a vote for 402 to 4.

Unlike Medicare or Medicaid, Ryan White programs are "payer of last resort," which fund treatment when no other resources are available. As AIDS has spread, the funding of the program has increased. In 1991, the first year funds were appropriated, around $220 million were spent; by the early 2000s, this number had almost increased 10-fold. The Ryan White Care Act was reauthorized in 1996, 2000, and 2006. The program provides some level of care for around 500,000 people a year and, in 2004, provided funds to 2,567 organizations. The Ryan White programs also fund local and State primary medical care providers, support services, healthcare provider training programs, and provide technical assistance to such organizations.

In fiscal year 2005, federal funding for the Ryan White Care Act was $2.1 billion. As of 2005, roughly one third of this money went to the AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP) that provides drugs for 30 percent of HIV-infected patients. The primary activity of ADAP is providing FDA-approved prescription medication.

The Ryan White CARE Act mandates that EMS personnel can find out whether they were exposed to life threatening diseases while providing care. Congressional staffers in a renewal of the bill removed the clauses protecting emergency personnel. The reason for the removal is unclear; some allege the staffers removed the clauses protecting emergency personnel because they did not understand why they were in the original Ryan White act.

[ Back to Top ]

Support Groups

Two positive support groups are hosted through BASIC NWFL, Inc., one is held in Panama City and one in Marianna, Florida. These support groups are for HIV positive persons only. These support groups are intended for the sharing of feelings, experiences, ideas, and thoughts. The group can provide moral and spiritual support to those who feel alone in dealing with HIV related problems that are both medical and social in nature.

Support Groups meet every month.

For dates, times and specific locations, please call 850-785-1088.

[ Back to Top ]

Project AIDS Care (PAC)

PAC is a "Medicaid Waiver program" which permits payment for a unique set of home and state community based services in addition to the normal State Medicaid Plan medical services. These varied services are intended to allow persons with AIDS to remain in the comfort of their homes and receives the necessary medical and social support which they require. BASIC is a case management provider of PAC services. The client's physician makes the recommendation to access the program through a physician referral form. Then, the case manager assists the client with the application process with the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Elder Affairs who must approve the applicant. Once the client is approved into the waiver program, the case manager and the client will complete an assessment of client needs. PAC services are then authorized by the case manager and provided through approved PAC providers in the community. Available services depend on the ability of BASIC to find a Medicaid vendor in the area willing to provide the service at the Medicaid reimbursement rate. In our communities, only home delivered meals are available under PAC in addition to the case management services.

Who qualifies for PAC? To be eligible for PAC, a client must be:

• Medicaid Eligible
• Diagnosed with AIDS
• Disabled
• At risk of hospitalization
• In need of services
• Able to be maintained safely in the home

For Information please call 850-785-1088.

[ Back to Top ]

AIDS Insurance Continuation Program (AICP)

This program provides a payment source that allows clients to maintain their health insurance coverage by paying the premiums when clients do not have the financial ability to do so on their own. If you are currently insured under a group health care policy and are either having difficulty in meeting the monthly premiums, or lose your job and consequently your group health insurance you may be eligible for the AICP program. Requirements for consideration of eligibility are an income below 400% of the federal poverty line, and being HIV positive. For more information or to find out if you may qualify please call and speak to the case manager at 850-785-1088 Ext. 135.

[ Back to Top ]

Education/Prevention

The Education and Prevention Department of BASIC NWFL, Inc. is an innovative community partner in providing superior prevention and educational services to residents of the area, especially to those most at risk of contracting HIV or other sexually transmissible diseases. In accomplishing this mission, BASIC NWFL, Inc. provides a variety of educational opportunities tailored to meet individual needs. These services include the following:
* Community Educational Forums
* Community Outreach
* Interventions
All BASIC NWFL, Inc. education and prevention presentations are age and audience appropriate. The information we provide is presented in a manner that our audience can both understand and relate to.

For further information, call Pamela Williams at 850-785-1088 Ext. 118.

1) Community Education Forums

These are usually one hour educational programs presented to various groups such as schools, churches, youth groups, civic and community organizations, clubs, health care providers, correctional institutions, and others which are designed to provide an accurate overview on HIV/AIDS, its transmission and prevention, myths and fallacies about HIV, and high risk behaviors that can facilitate HIV transmission. Individuals interested in scheduling a presentation at their facility or organization can call: The Education Department at BASIC NWFL, Inc. - 850-785-1088. Ext. 118.

Topics discussed in this presentation include the following:

* Transmission
* Prevention
* Testing
* Universal Precautions
* Symptoms
* HIV Myths
* High Risk Behavior
* Body Fluids

2) Community Outreach

This program relies on personal one on one contact in providing education as well as allowing an opportunity for individuals to ask questions and receive answers in a very confidential and personal manner. Individuals are also encouraged to seek voluntary HIV testing to learn their status. As part of its community outreach, BASIC NWFL, Inc. also participates in and conducts health fairs throughout the six county service area.

BASIC NWFL, Inc. conducts outreach in all six counties of the services area, including Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties.

3) U THINK

U Think? is a program for Heterosexual African American men and women , Men who have sex with men over the age of 18 who are at risk of contracting HIV as well as persons currently infected with HIV.  U THINK? has six components to it: Condom Distribution, One on One sessions, Community event sessions, RESPECT, VOICES/VOCES and Partnership for Health.  The U Think? prevention specialist is available to do community events as well as having those important one on one conversation with people from the six counties we serve.

U Think?  conducts recruitment, education and outreach efforts in Bay, Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Gulf and Washington Counties.

 

For more information please contact Pamela Williams at (850)785-1088 ext. 118. If you would like to take part in our prevention program you can contact:  Jermaine Daniels at (850)785-1088 ext 125 or Ernie Oquendo (850)785-1088 ext. 123

[ Back to Top ]

Testing

HIV testing at BASIC NWFL, Inc is free and confidential through three mechanisms;

OraSure—a saliva based swab test that takes approximately two weeks before the results are returned from the state laboratory.

OraQuick (Rapid testing)—a saliva based swab test. This test takes approximately 20 minutes.

Clearview (Blood test) — small finger prick test. We take a few drops of blood and within 15 minutes your results can be given.

Persons can choose the traditional testing method in which test results are available approximately two weeks after the test sample is taken; or they can choose the RAPID Testing, where results are available within approximately twenty minutes or Clearview where results are given in as little as 15 minutes.

Testing Hours at BASIC are:

Mondays and Tuesdays; 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.
Wednesdays; 1 P.M.-5:00 P.M.
Fridays 1 P.M.-4:00 P.M.
(No appointment is necessary and walk-ins welcome.)

What should I know before I get tested? Your healthcare provider is the best person to answer your questions about HIV and testing options. You have a choice of the type of test to use. When you are tested for HIV, the presence of HIV antibodies in your body means that you have been infected with the virus that causes AIDS. You should be aware that the presence of HIV antibodies can be detected in many ways. Ask your healthcare provider for the information you need to make good choices. Some of the questions answered here are:

* What are HIV and AIDS?
* How does someone get HIV?
* How can I avoid becoming infected?
* What are my options for HIV testing?
* What is the OraSure HIV-1 Collection Device?
* What is the OraQuick ADVANCETM Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test and how is it done?
* What does a PRELIMINARY POSITIVE result mean?
* What does a NEGATIVE result mean?
* Where can I get more information?

What are HIV and AIDS? HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). It is possible for a person to have the virus for months or years before any signs of illness appear. The virus weakens the body's ability to fight off infections. As a result, people with AIDS develop serious infections and cancers. These illnesses make them very sick and can eventually kill them.

How does someone get HIV? HIV spreads through contact with blood, semen, vaginal fluids, or breast milk from HIV infected people. Contact can come from unsafe sex. It can also come from sharing used needles and syringes. Infected women can pass the virus to their babies during pregnancy, childbirth, and breast-feeding. It is also possible to become infected with HIV through a blood transfusion, although this is now very rare. People do not become infected with HIV through everyday casual contact with people at school, work, home, or anywhere else. The virus is not spread from contact with sweat, tears, saliva, or a casual kiss from an infected person (Deep, or "French" kissing is not advised). Nor can people become infected from contact with forks, cups, clothes, phones, toilet seats, or other things used by someone who is infected with HIV. People do not become infected from eating food prepared by an HIV-infected person. People have not become infected with HIV through insect bites.

How can I avoid becoming infected? The best way to avoid getting HIV is to avoid activities that would allow the virus to be passed to you. By following these suggestions, you will lower your risk of getting HIV:

* The only way to avoid sexual exposure to HIV is to have sex with an uninfected partner or to abstain.
* If you are not certain that your sex partner is uninfected, you should use a latex condom correctly every time you have sex.
* Do not share needles or syringes.

Why should I get tested? You cannot generally tell by looking at someone whether he or she has an HIV infection. A person can be infected with HIV and not know it. The virus may take time to show its effects. A person can have HIV for ten years or more before the symptoms of AIDS appear. The only way to be confident that you are not infected is to get an HIV test. It is important to find out if you are infected so that you do not infect someone else. If you know you are infected with HIV, you can and should avoid any activity that may pass it on.

It is also important to find out if you are infected so that you can receive good medical care. There are medicines that can help keep you healthy even though you are infected with HIV.

What are my options for HIV testing? OraQuick ADVANCETM provides a rapid HIV test result (in as little as 20 minutes) and in some settings a result is needed quickly, such as in hospital emergency rooms. However, in settings where a rapid HIV test is not needed, alternative tests can be done. You also have a choice of having another type of test that would require you to wait about a week for your results. This type of test can be done using a sample of blood taken from your vein, a sample of oral fluid taken from your mouth, or a sample of urine.

What is the OraSure HIV-1 Collection Device? The OraSure HIV-1 Oral Specimen Collection Device is a device used to collect oral fluid from the mouth in only a few minutes without using needles. The oral fluid is tested to see if it contains HIV antibodies.

If you decide to have an OraSure HIV-1 sample tested for HIV antibodies, a trained collector will ask you to place the OraSure HIV-1 Oral Collection Pad between your lower cheek and gum and gently rub the pad back and forth until it is wet, then leave it in place for two minutes. The collector will ask you to put the pad in a vial and snap off the stick. Your sample will be sent to a laboratory for HIV-1 antibody testing.

OraSure HIV-1 specimen collection is painless and involves no needles. There will be no visible sign that you have been tested. Having an OraSure HIV-1 sample tested for HIV antibodies is a very accurate method. Blood testing, however, is even more accurate. Be aware that you have a choice of having either a blood specimen or an OraSure HIV-1 sample taken for HIV testing.

What is the OraQuick ADVANCETM Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test and how is it done? The OraQuick ADVANCETM Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test is used to see if a sample of your oral fluid or blood contains HIV antibodies. If you decide to have an OraQuick ADVANCETM test, your healthcare provider will collect an oral fluid sample or take a small droplet of blood from your finger, or daw blood from your vein, run the test, and give the results to you during the same visit. The OraQuick ADVANCETM test is very accurate. However, additional testing is necessary to confirm a preliminary positive result.

Complete information about the OraQuick ADVANCETM Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test is available from your testing counselor or healthcare provider.

What does a PRELIMINARY POSITIVE result mean? A PRELIMINARY POSITIVE result suggests that antibodies to HIV may be present in your blood or oral fluid. If you receive a PRELIMINARY POSITIVE result on the test, you will need to have another test to confirm the result. You will also be encouraged to take precautions to avoid any chance of spreading HIV until your test result is confirmed.

If you are found to be infected, you may benefit from special medical care. New treatments can help keep you healthy, even though you are infected with HIV. See a doctor, even if you don't feel sick. A doctor can help you to live longer. Other tests can tell you how strong your immune system is and what treatments might be best for you. Some people stay healthy for a long time with HIV. Others may become ill more rapidly. Be careful not to pass HIV on to others.

What does a NEGATIVE result mean? A NEGATIVE result means that this test did not detect HIV antibodies in your blood or oral fluid. However, in some cases HIV infection cannot be ruled out completely. If you recently (within 3 months) had any of the contacts described in the "How does someone get HIV?" section of this page, it is still possible that you are infected with HIV. This is because your body can take several months after you are infected to make HIV antibodies. If you became infected only recently, there may not have been enough time to develop antibodies that can be detected by the test. You should consider getting tested again in three to six months to be sure you are not infected. If you had none of the contacts that transmit HIV in the three months before your test, a negative result means you were not infected with HIV at the time of testing. Ask your healthcare provider to help you understand what your result means for you.

Where can I get more information? If you have any questions, ask your healthcare provider. You can also call the National AIDS Hotline at 1-800-342-AIDS (1-800-342-2437) to talk with an HIV specialist. They can give you quick, private answers at any time, day or night. Your local health department is another place to go for information. An AIDS service organization such as BASIC NWFL can also be a good source for information, education, and help.

Know your HIV Status? To find the HIV Test center near you.
Text: Your Zip Code
To: KnowIT or 566948

OraQuick is a registered trademark.

[ Back to Top ]

Central Panhandle AIDS Network (CPAN)

CPAN, The Central Panhandle AIDS Network, is a planning body comprised of the various providers of services for persons living with HIV/AIDS, as well as services to those at risk of acquiring HIV, and consumers, i.e. persons living with HIV/AIDS.

CPAN meets monthly usually on the third Tuesday, at locations that rotate throughout the service area of CPAN. CPAN covers Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties.

The purpose of CPAN is to oversee planning for services to persons with HIV infection by prioritizing various types of services for funding allocation under the federal Ryan White Part B program. CPAN also prioritizes population at risk to be targeted with prevention services.

CPAN meetings are open to the public, and CPAN constantly encourages residents to become members of this planning body and participate in the decision making process.

For additional information, please call Cynthia Albert, CPAN Chairman, at 850-785-1088 or Deveda Bellamy, CPAN Co-Chair at 850-660-8268.

[ Back to Top ]

Every Child: 1 Promise

This program is designed to provide quality mentoring to children who have at least one parent incarcerated in prison. It also focuses on mentor training for adults interested in mentoring a child in the program. RSVP is required to reserve a seat. If you have any questions, please call 850-785-1088.

To Volunteer for this program, go to the volunteer section of our website.

[ Back to Top ]

N UR Face

BASIC NWFL, Inc. has been funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to positively impact Bay and the surrounding five counties with a new educational intervention. The N UR FACE Project is an integrated HIV/ Substance Abuse prevention program that will target African American young adults from ages 18 to 24. Our goal is to educate, empower, and equip them with the appropriate skills needed to make healthy life choices.

The program consists of five fun-filled educational sessions that include numerous activities that encourage interaction among the participants. Wonderful incentives will be provided for participants for each session they attend.

Along with educating and empowering this particular age group, N UR FACE Team strives to positively impact Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington counties by encouraging the community to get tested. Knowledge is power, and we plan to provide educational presentations in the community for local businesses, social service agencies, religious organizations, etc. We will also provide educational materials at community health fairs and exhibits.

For more information on this spectacular program, please contact Valerie Hutchison at 850-785-1088 Ext 138. If you would like to participate in the N UR FACE Project, contact Deneika Roulhac at Ext. 129 or Justin Omorinola at Ext. 137.

Please feel free to submit questions or comments to this page. We value your input and want to continue providing helpful information that assists you with making healthy decisions.

[ Back to Top ]

UR Connected

About:

U R Connected Program is a Linkage to Care (LTC) service funded by ViiV Healthcare which helps navigate HIV-positive individuals through care once they know their HIV positive status. LTC tools include:

  • Positive Education

    The identification and training of health and social service professionals about active referral process to include: BASIC services, eligibility criteria, confidentiality procedures, and appropriate releases of information.

  • Positive Linkage

    The trained community partners will actively refer people living with HIV to BASIC’s services using a connected referral process that provides both the client and BASIC with contact information so that follow-up on the referral can be assured.

  • Positive Connection

    After BASIC receives a referral from a community partner, a Linkage Coordinator will actively seek out the referred individual and link them into services.

The Program Objective:

To increase medical care and treatment to minorities living with HIV/AIDS in the service area.

This program is made possible through funding from ViiV Healthcare Positive Action Program.

To download the one-sheet about this program, click here.

Need Help?

picture

We are here to guide and help people find the right direction for their path in life. We've saved countless lives since 1989, through prevention and treatment for those who sought our aid.

 


picture

Don't wait until it's too late to receive treatment.