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How Do You Keep Clients with Mental Health Barriers Virally Suppressed?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

TargetHIV

From HRSA's Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation (CQII)

CQII Asks: How to keep clients virally suppressed and in care who have mental health barriers?

Peer-to-peer learning has always been an integral part of CQII's approach when assisting RWHAP recipients. Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) recipients can provide real-world solutions based on their own experiences to peers experiencing similar challenges. These "best practices" can be adapted to recipients' circumstances. They can also serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement. Solutions do exist!

CQII is asking you to submit a paragraph or two to Kevin Garrett at CQII that explains how you have successfully kept clients with mental health needs in ongoing HIV care and virally suppressed.

We have been hearing from the RWHAP community that many recipients are experiencing challenges in the following areas and want to begin compiling examples of how these challenges have been addressed:

  • Addressing the needs of clients with mental health needs who face challenges achieving viral suppression.
  • Addressing the mental health needs of clients when there are limited mental health resources available inhouse or in the immediate region for partnering/contracting. 

If your organization has addressed these challenges, please consider sharing your story--how you identified and approached the challenge and the results of your efforts. We hope to compile a robust collection of examples that your RWHAP colleagues can draw upon. 

Sharing stories lets your peers know that they are not alone. We are asking you to submit a paragraph or two that explains how you have successfully kept clients with mental health needs in ongoing HIV care and virally suppressed. We would like to share the results in an upcoming edition of the CQII e-Newsletter. Your story and solutions will also help participants in our upcoming end+disparities ECHO Collaborative as well. 

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