Self Case Management
For members who are not in need of case management services, but do have occasional questions or need shortterm social service interventions, Aid Atlanta offers the Self-Management Program. Members of this program are adherent to their medical care. They are also relatively stable, independent , and able to advocate for themselves but sometimes need assistance navigating systems and programs. By participating in the program, members have access to bi-weekly educational programs and are able to contact the program coordinator for questions, referrals, and information on social services.
In order to become a self-managed member of AID Atlanta, an individual must be deemed eligible for services. To be eligible for self-management services from Aid Atlanta, a person should be HIV positive, live in our 20 county EMA, and have a gross annual income less than 300% of the federal poverty level ($32,490 in 2009).To receive services, a person may walk in or call the main office at (404) 870-7700 to speak with an on-call case manager. At the time of initial contact with all members, the following documents are required to qualify for services:
- Proof of HIV status
- Proof of income
- Proof of residency
- Photo identification
Once eligibility is verified, a brief screening will be completed to assess the member’s service needs. The screening is designed to determine if the individual requires case management services or if they are more suited for the Self- Management Program. If the member screens as being self-managed, the case manager will review enrollment documents and provide an overview of the program. If the member is interested in participating, they are then referred to the Self-Management Coordinator.
AID Atlanta's primary goal for both self and case managed members is to ensure that they are appropriately linked to a medical provider and that they are accessing medical care for their HIV on a regular basis. We work together with members to remove barriers that prevent them from getting into medical care or that prevent their access to medications. Regular educational programs provided for members in the Self-Management Program are intended to encourage continued medical adherence and to provide information about different issues, programs, and services that are often important to members.
Once enrolled, members are able to continue participating in the Self-Management Program for as long as they continue to meet eligibility requirements and provide documentation verifying their eligibility. Additionally, members must provide verification of their participation in primary care every 6 months. If a member’s situation should ever change and they require additional assistance, the Self-Management Coordinator is available to connect the member with case management services.
If you are HIV+ (or you know someone who is HIV +) and need some support, guidance and assistance, please call us. AID Atlanta has a caring team ready to assist you as best as we can. We want to be a viable partner with you in your healthcare treatment and help you to live successfully with this chronic disease, as well as help you to improve your quality of life.