Family Service was the first agency in Bucks County to offer case management services to people who were HIV positive or living with AIDS during the height of the epidemic in the 1980s. Since then our program has grown and changed along with the needs of people living with HIV.
The HIV/AIDS Program (HAP) is made up of several inter-related programs. We serve men, women, seniors, young adults, and people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds regardless of income.
Two basic premises guide what we do: everyone should know their status; and, if HIV positive, the sooner you are connected to medical care, the better your chances of living a longer and healthier life.
HAP strives to offer a continuum of care by connecting people to medical care, mental health services, supportive services and groups.
Clients in the HAP Program may be eligible for:
- Emergency financial assistance
- Food & nutrition assistance
Programs in the HIV/AIDS Program include:
There is no fee for services. Anyone in Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware Counties in PA, and Southern NJ is eligible for services.
Medical Case Management
Family Service is the only agency which offers HIV/AIDS medical case management services in Bucks County.
Medical Case Managers provide a continuum of care by connecting people to medical care, prevention education, mental health treatment and psychiatric care, transportation, nutrition information, and emergency financial assistance. Connection to care, especially to Infectious Disease Specialists, is critical in improving the quality of life for a person who is positive. Medical Case Managers work closely with clients to make sure they are adhering to treatment and seeing doctors for medical care. Medical Case Managers assist clients with transportation in getting to doctor’s appointments.
Medical Case Management services are free.
Advances in medicine have prolonged the lives of those diagnosed HIV positive. Regularly scheduled medical appointments, including lab work, with an HIV medical provider allows for more accurate monitoring of your health, prevents minor health issues from growing into bigger ones, and helps you better understand what to expect when living with HIV.
The Care Outreach program helps anyone who is HIV positive to get connected with medical care, mental health services and other support services he or she may need. Care Outreach is for those who are newly diagnosed as well as for those who have not been to an infectious disease doctor in over three months.
If you are HIV positive and are not connected to medical care, our Care Outreach Specialist will get you connected with the care you need to live with this disease. We will help you understand the disease, your medications and your lab results. We will accompany you to your first three visits to an Infectious Disease Specialist and work with your doctor and case manager to help improve the quality of your life.
We work one-on-one to connect you to:
- Infectious diseases specialists
- Primary care physicians
- Mental health services
- Prescription benefits
- Dental care
For more information contact:
HIV/AIDS Care Outreach Specialist
215-757-6916 ext. 229
Living with HIV/AIDS is hard. How to tell people you are positive and how to live a healthy lifestyle can sometimes be harder. Our Health Relationships support group helps positive people handle both of those difficult situations.
Small groups consisting of members who are of the same sex and sexual orientation meet for about six sessions with the intention to reduce participants’ stress related to safer sexual behaviors and disclosure of their status to family, friends, and sex partners.
The interactive sessions are facilitated by a counselor and a peer, who may be HIV-positive. Group members learn problem-solving and decision-making skills to address coping with stress related to safer sexual behaviors and how to cope with the stress of disclosing your status to family, friends, and sex partners. Participants encourage each other to strive for self-efficacy, self-evaluation, and behavior change.
Health Relationships does not tell people that they should disclose.
Healthy Relationships is a nationally recognized Center for Disease Control prevention program
Sessions are held once a week, for two hours, for 6 weeks in our Langhorne Office. Healthy Relationships target three populations: MSM, Women, and Heterosexual Men (separate groups). If you are interested in joining, please call 215-757-6916 ext. 229 or 220.
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