What We Do
Planning Group Purpose
The HIV Planning Group was established in order to participate in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 (RWTEA). The San Diego HIV Planning Group makes the final decisions that affect RWTEA services throughout San Diego County including:
- Which services to fund, by service category (not specific providers of care)
- How much funding to allocate to each Service Category
- How the services should be delivered and who shall receive the services.
Planning Council History
The County Office of AIDS Coordination, now known as the HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch, was created in 1987 and received its first grant for health care services for people living with HIV/AIDS from the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in the same year. This grant was the foundation for the beginning to build a continuum of care that included medical care, dental services, case management, mental health, and information to clients with HIV disease.
The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act was federal legislation that was intended to provide relief to cities and counties responding to the AIDS epidemic. First enacted by Congress in 1990, the CARE Act was amended and reauthorized in 1996, 2000, 2006 and again in 2009. San Diego became the sixteenth eligible metropolitan area (EMA) to receive funds from the CARE Act to continue providing medical and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS. The CARE Act required the establishment of an HIV Planning Council whose members would represent communities affected by HIV disease as well as subject matter experts in care and treatment. The San Diego HIV Health Services Planning Council was formed at that time, and continues today to be responsible for planning and allocating funds to service categories approved by HRSA.
In the Fall 2015, the HIV Planning Council and HIV Prevention Group voted to approve the formation of a unified HIV Prevention and Care planning body. Recognizing that HIV Prevention and Care share many common goals and to increase collaboration across the Continuum of Care, the PC convened a working group whose primary goal was to determine the viability of a fully integrated planning body. The Unified Planning Working Group reviewed and compared several items including the CDC’s HIV Prevention Guidance, Ryan White Part A Implementation Manual, letters from CDC and HRSA in support of unification, membership requirements, by-laws and resolutions for the HIV Prevention Group and the Planning Council, and legislative requirements. Based upon this review, the Unified Planning Working Group recommended pursuing unification and created a mission statement and draft by-laws for the new unified body to be known as the San Diego HIV Planning Group. Effective September 13, 2016 the new group was formed.
The HIV Planning Council Bylaws
HIV Planning Group Roster
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