SSRP is a three year-program that will help coordinate services for returning citizens with HIV and AIDS. This collaborative, multidisciplinary intervention will bring together providers of HRSA, HUD/HOPWA, and DOL funded services. SSRP is a three-pronged intervention that works at the client, provider, and systems levels to ensure continuity of and retention in care and reduce structural barriers that can impede ex-offenders’ progress along the HIV treatment cascade. SSRP will leverage the existing infrastructure of AFC’s Correction Program, which has partners within the Cermak Health Services/Cook County Jail, Cook County’s public health system, while strengthening existing partnerships, and establishing new collaborations. The three main focus points:
1. Rapidly connect 215 high-need Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) recently released from Cook County Jail and Illinois prisons to medical, housing, and employment services, along with other supports such as behavioral health treatment.
2. Develop and deliver trainings to increase capacity of citywide housing and employment providers.
3.Convene a cross-system SSRP Coalition to reduce systemic barriers/gaps and develop strategies to increase access to and coordination of comprehensive medical, housing, and employment resources for ex-offenders with HIV/AIDS.