Medical Case Management: Metro Wellness and Community Centers offer a variety of programs to serve people living with HIV and AIDS, including Medical Case Management—linkage services to needed services with an emphasis on medical disease management and treatment adherence in order to assist clients in becoming increasingly self-sufficient with the goal of improved overall health and taking charge of their disease. We offer two main types of case management:
For a person who is HIV+ and living in Florida, they may be eligible for RYAN WHITE Treatment Modernization Act funded medical case management at Metro. To be determined eligible, an applicant must provide acceptable proof of HIV infection, proof of residency in Florida and proof of income—and they must be in medical care, receiving primary care on at least an annual basis. Once determined eligible, they may (depending on capacity) be able to be enrolled in Medical Case Management—and receive education about your disease, encouragement regarding being faithful to treatment, referrals to identified needed services, such as medications, insurance assistance, housing assistance, food pantry, Minority AIDS Initiative and other programs.
For a person who has the diagnosis of AIDS and meets disability and income requirements, they may be enrolled in Case management under Florida Medicaid’s “Project AIDS Care” program involves the coordination of a wide range of supportive services that will allow a person to remain safely in their home instead of being institutionalized. Clients in this program also receive full Medicaid benefits covering such services as medical care, medications, hospitalization, basic dental services, etc.
Case Management: Metro provides targeted case management for women and children who are HIV-infected and affected through the Florida Family AIDS Network (FAN) program. Family-centered service delivery utilizes a comprehensive system of care which includes linkage to services such as medical care, medical case management, mental health support and groups. FAN case managers work closely with members of the family unit to connect to care, monitor the provision of services, and address barriers to treatment.
Inmate Case Management: Now expanded into both Pinellas and Hillsborough County Jail systems, Metro Wellness and Community Centers can help HIV+ inmates plan for their release back into the community by providing linkage to: Medical care, Medications, Housing, Emergency financial assistance, Job training & placement resources, Substance abuse treatment, Plus a whole host of other programs. It is hoped that helping the client find stability in these areas of their lives, it can also help them maintain their health and avoid repeated incarcerations.
Health Improvement for Re-entering Ex-offenders(Project H.I.R.E.): This program assists individuals living with HIV/AIDS who have been released from a state or federal prison. This program links clients to services, targeted towards health improvement, in the community they are being released to. Individuals released to Pinellas or Hillsborough counties will receive direct case management services through our Linkage Case Managers to ensure that all medical, medication, and community needs are met. Individuals released to any other County in the state of Florida are linked to an AIDS Service Organization in that county and the H.I.R.E. program will coordinate services with that agency and/or directly with the client. Some of the services available through Project H.I.R.E linkage are: Medical Case Management, Primary care and medications, Mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment, Intervention programs, Vision and Dental care, Employment and Job Training services, Food, Clothing, Transportation, and Housing, Assistance with obtaining ID Cards & Birth Certificates, Incentives, Many others! It is the goal of Project H.I.R.E. to provide linkage to any services that will help the individual with an easier transition back into the community, continue access to medical care and treatment without interruption, and assist the client with moving towards independence and preventing recidivism.
Clinical Care Coordination: The RN performs assessments of individuals’ overall health status, acts as a liaison between Metro and outside medical providers regarding coordination of medical care. The RN provides disease and medication education/adherence, lab interpretation education for clients and nutritional counseling. The RN acts as an additional medical support/resource on a client’s treatment team as well provides educational seminars on various health and wellness topics to both employees and/or client support groups. Clinical Care Coordination provides these services to individuals with HIV+/AIDS Diagnosis and present with heightened medical needs (co-diagnosis, newly diagnosed, etc) and HIV- Negative Individuals who are At-Risk and need medical education.
Women and Their Families Personal Care Pantry: Female clients of Metro Wellness and Community Centers who are HIV+, along with their families, may be eligible to access our personal care products pantry. Items like cleaning supplies, feminine hygiene and personal care products are available each month through case management of Metro Wellness and Community Centers. A Metro case manager can assist you with access to this program. The Women’s Personal Care Pantry is provided at the Metro Thrift Store, located in St. Petersburg.
HIV/AIDS Medical Clinics:
I am a Veteran and seeking a VA clinic:
PINELLAS COUNTY VETERANS - HIV/AIDS CLINIC
Bay Pine VA Medical Center (10000 Bay Pines Blvd., Bay Pines, FL 33744 — 727-398-6661).
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY VETERANS - HIV/AIDS CLINIC
James A Hailey VA Hospital (13000 Bruce B Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612 — 813-972-2000.
I have my own private health insurance or Medicaid: The following list of Clinics and Infectious Disease Specialists are recommended for individuals who are on Medicaid or have their own private insurance. We encourage you to call the clinic of your choice below to discuss the type of insurance you have. Clinics vary by the type(s) of insurance they accept.
PINELLAS COUNTY HIV/AIDS CLINIC & INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALISTS: Barkov, Marina (4226 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33711 — 727-321-3915) Bay Area Infectious Disease Center (5840 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, FL 33781 — 727-547-5232) Elliott, Brian (601 7th Street S., 3rd Floor, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 — 727-824-8205) Finley, Roy (1100 62nd Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705 — 727-866-3166) Hiemstra, Ron (5500 Dr. MLK St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703 — 727-525-5500) Korbaz- Professional Health Care (1839 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33713 — 727-322-1054) Laartz/Groom, Brent (1840 Mease Drive Suite 319, Safety Harbor, FL 3469d — 727-669-6800) Levenson, Jeffrey (1700 66th St. North, Ste. 510, St. Petersburg, FL 33710 — 727-384-2479)
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HIV/AIDS CLINIC & INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALISTS: Bay Area Infectious Diseases Assoc.(605 Medical Care Dr., Brandon, FL 33511 — 813-681-6474) Barbour, Ronald(341 East Bullard Parkway Suite A-B, Tampa, FL 33617 — 813-983-0700) Braun, Edward(7171 North Dale Mabry Hwy, #501, Tampa, FL 33614 — 813-935-3221) Cichon, Michael(9804 North 56th Street, Tampa, FL 33617 — 813-985-5513) Dunn, Michael (4205 S. MacDill Ave., Ste. A, Tampa, FL 33611 — 813-902-8600) Martinez, Juan (2123 W. Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd Ste 202, Tampa, FL 33607 — 813-875-6520) Rose, Joel (6101 Webb Rd., Ste. 207, Tampa, FL 33615 — 813-882-3331) Yangco, Bienvenido (4620 N. Habana Ave., Ste. 203, Tampa, FL 33614 — 813-875-4374)
PINELLAS COUNTY DENTIST REFERRAL: Alpha Dental (243 32nd St. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33713 — 727-323-4005)
I have absolutely no health insurance at all:
PINELLAS COUNTY HIV/AIDS CLINIC & INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALISTS:
Pinellas Health Clinic South (3554 1st Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713 — 727-321-4846
Pinellas Health Clinic North (12420 130th Ave. North, Largo, FL 33774 — 727-588-4040)
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HIV/AIDS CLINIC & INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALISTS:
Tampa Care Clinic (4200 North Armenia, Ste. 3, Tampa, FL 33607 — 813-870-4460)
Hillsborough County Specialty Care Clinic (1105 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602 — 813-307-8015)
Client Rights & Responsibilities
Client Rights and Responsibilities: Persons eligible for the Department of Health, Bureau of HIV/AIDS have rights and responsibilities: Freedom of Choice. You have the right to choose whether or not to apply for assistance through this program. You have the right to choose the service providers from whom you will receive your services, to the extent that they are available. You have the right to receive the services you need; these may or may not include all the services you desire.
RIGHT OF APPEAL. If you are denied a service you believe you are eligible to receive, you have the right to appeal the decision. You may do this by following the grievance procedures established in your respective area.
CLIENT RESPONSIBLITIES. You are responsible for assisting your case manager in developing your individualized Service Plan. You are responsible for keeping scheduled appointments and accepting offered and necessary services. You are responsible for adhering to patient care treatment, including medical provider appointments and pharmaceuticals. You are responsible for demonstrating behavior that is cooperative, assertive, and respective of others. You are responsible for notifying your case manager when you have problems in obtaining services or when you are dissatisfied with your care. You are responsible for following health care instructions to the best of your ability. If you are designated a minimal co-payment based on the department’s respective sliding fee scale, you are responsible for making all co-payments as instructed prior to receiving services. For additional information regarding your privacy, click here to view a PDF – Notice of Privacy Practices