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Care Network of the Treasure Coast

FL Dept. of Health in St. Lucie County

The United States Government enacted the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency (CARE) Act on August 18, 1990. The CARE ACT is intended to help communities and individual States increase the availability of primary health care and support services, in order to increase access to care for underserved populations and improve the quality of life of those affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Increasing access to outpatient primary care medical services for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS will ultimately reduce utilization of more costly emergency and inpatient medical services.

The CARE ACT legislation specified the establishment of an HIV CARE Consortia to act in an advisory capacity to the individual States and Territories receiving Ryan White Part B funds. The role of the Ryan White Part B Consortia is to engage in medical care planning and establish a primary medical care service delivery system in an effort to improve the quality, availability, and organization of medical care and support services to individuals infected with HIV and their families. The consortia is an association of public and nonprofit health care and support service providers as well as concerned community members that develops and delivers services for Persons Living with HIV in areas receiving Ryan White Part B funding.

The Care Network of the Treasure Coast (CNTC) is the Ryan White Part B local Consortia for the four counties of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties. Established in 1991, CNTC provides a forum for the infected and affected community and providers. CNTC plans and prioritizes services and service guidelines funded by Ryan White Part B legislation. Planning and prioritization of these critical medical and other support services is accomplished through conducting community-wide Needs Assessments, which helps identify gaps in the current service delivery system, prioritizes essential medical and other health care services, and promotes coordination and integration of available community resources to ensure a continuum of care for individuals affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The Care Network of the Treasure Coast is always recruiting concerned community members to act in an advisory capacity to the Florida Department of Health in the planning, design and implementation of quality HIV/AIDS medical care and other important social services for the four county area.