2009 HIV/AIDS Health Improvement for Re-entering Ex-Offenders Initiative (HIRE)

As the lead agency to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities, the Office of Minority Health, through the mechanism of the HIRE Program, seeks to bridge healthcare gaps that

exist with this epidemic to improve the HIV/AIDS health outcomes of ex-offenders re-entering the mainstream population.

This demonstration project will focus on the three states with the highest incidence of inmates known to be infected with HIV or to have confirmed AIDS in state prisons at year end 2006:
New York (4,000), Florida (3,412) and Texas (2,693).

Through a systems navigation approach, the HIRE Program seeks to provide access to prevention and treatment services to the reentry population in an effort to support the Healthy People 2010 overarching goals to increase quality and years of healthy life and to eliminate health disparities.

Applicants are expected to form stakeholder partnerships that will plan, develop and provide community-based HIV/AIDS-related services, transitional assistance, and substance abuse and mental health services for the reentry population.

Community-based and faith-based organizations will be provided the opportunity to deliver comprehensive HIV/AIDS-related services and transition assistance to include prescription drug assistance and substance abuse and mental health services as well as issues surrounding employment, family, education, housing, and community involvement.

The HIRE Program places primary focus on the reentry populations in the three targeted states, with special emphasis on the following reentry subpopulations:
substance abusers, men who have sex with men, and individuals impacted by mental health disorders.

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2009 HIV/AIDS Health Improvement for Re-entering Ex-Offenders Initiative (HIRE)

Additional Information of Eligibility:
To qualify for funding, an applicant organization must: be located within one of the three targeted states of New York, Florida, or Texas and have a minimum of five years experience providing HIV/AIDS related health and support services and be a:
- Private nonprofit community-based, minority-serving organization (see
definitions) which addresses health, human, or correctional services; or
- Public entity (local government) which addresses health, human or correctional services; or
- Tribal governmental entity which addresses health, human or correctional services; or
- Faith-based organization which provides comprehensive pre-release,
transitional or reentry services.

The intent of the HIRE Program is to assure linkage and referral of reentry populations into appropriate health, social and support services.

In addition to the criteria indicated above, applicants under the HIRE Program must document established partnerships with multiple community-based correctional, health and social services organizations to facilitate the development of coordinated system navigation for reentry populations impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Established partnerships should include, but not be limited to, correctional facilities, substance abuse treatment programs, healthcare, job placement and training programs, housing programs, and public assistance programs.

Each partnership must be documented by a signed Memorandum of Agreement.

Applicant organizations must implement a minimum of 50% of proposed project activities.

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