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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

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Minority AIDS Initiative

HIV/AIDS

The Minority AIDS Initiative Program (MAI)

The Florida Department of Health contracts with community-based organizations to provide services under the Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI).  These agencies are located in counties heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS.  MAI uses a strengths-based case management - termed ARTAS Linkage Case Management - to target HIV-positive clients of minority populations.  The purpose of the program is to link recently or previously (no care for at least six months) diagnosed HIV-positive clients to available medical care.  Once identified, the client meets with a care coordinator.  The ultimate goal is to link the client to the proper medical care services to receive treatment.  Other expected outcomes for the client are to identify treatment-supporting goals, such as becoming their own medical advocate, obtaining stable housing (if applicable), and achieving a more stable lifestyle.  MAI clients receive case management, assistance with applying for qualifying benefits (ADAP, Medicaid, Medicare), transportation (bus passes, cab vouchers, or care coordinator drives them to their appointments), and other services as needed.   

For more information, please call Bridget Giles at (850) 245-4444 ext. 2442

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