About the Corrections Case Management Initiative:
The Corrections Case Management Initiative began in January 2007 and has 68 clients to date. This initiative is funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), National AIDS Fund (NAF), and AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). The goal of the initiative is to provide intensive case management to the re-entry population to ensure they are receiving adequate HIV and other primary medical care. Services are pre-arranged with the client prior to release, when possible, or immediately after release for the best possible transition back to the community. The program intends to enhance the likelihood of the client not returning to prison, increase health outcomes, and reduce mortality rates. It also strives to work with clients to help coordinate services for mental health and substance abuse treatment, housing, employment, counseling, and family counseling.
The Corrections Case Management Initiative is currently accepting clients.
To be eligible for the program, you must be:
- HIV +
- Recently released from prison and/or jail within the last 12 months, or in the process of being released
- Not currently receiving Ryan White case management
The model for the Corrections Case Management Initiative was first developed in 1999 through a HRSA/CDC funded corrections and community initiative. Through intensive case management AFC linked this hard-to-reach and transient population with ongoing care and prevention services. The model includes contact with the client while the client is still incarcerated, and upon release, contacts include home visits, office visits, telephone calls, and escorts to service appointments.
The program reconvened in December 2006 with funding provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to provide intensive case management and supportive services, specifically housing, to individuals living with HIV/AIDS that have been recently released from incarceration.
The agencies providing case management services for the initiative are Access Community Health Network, Austin Health Center, Christian Community Health Center, CORE Center, Southside Health Association/Luck Care Center, and South Side Help Center.
For more information on the Corrections Case Management Initiative, please contact
at (312) 922-2322.