What is Ryan White CARE Act funding?
It is the largest federal program that specifically funds HIV/AIDS services in the United States. Together, the eight counties in our service area receive $14 million each year. Because there are thousands of clients and because health care is very costly (HIV medications can cost up to $20,000 per year for one person) the Council must carefully plan for the best use of that money.
What are the Ryan White services?
A wide variety of services are allowable under the CARE Act. Depending on need, a person can receive assistance to see a doctor, nurse, or dentist; obtain medications; enroll in case management services; get assistance with food, housing, utilities, and transportation; seek mental health and substance abuse treatment; and other services.
To find out how to access these services in your county, ask a case manager or call the Ryan White Grantee at (813) 272-6935.
Ryan White was a 12 year old hemophiliac boy. One week before Christmas in 1984, Ryan’s mother was told that he had contracted AIDS from a tainted blood transfusion. In spite of his illness, Ryan’s dream was to be able to graduate from high school and his mother was determined to make his dream come true. Ryan’s home town refused to allow Ryan to go back to school. However, through hard work and perseverance, Ryan graduated from high school with honors. He later died in April of 1990.
- The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act was enacted by the United States Congress in 1990, in response to the AIDS epidemic. The purpose of this Act is to provide emergency assistance to localities that are disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic and to make financial assistance available to States and other public or private non-profit entities to provide for the delivery of essential services to individuals and families with HIV disease.
- On December 1, 1992, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) was designated as the Part A grantee agency for the Ryan White CARE Act of 1990 for funds to be allocated among service providers for HIV positive individuals in the counties of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando.
- On June 18, 1997 , the Hillsborough County BOCC was designated by the Florida Department of Health to become the lead agency to administer three additional grants. They are: Ryan White CARE Act Part B, State General Revenue, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), serving Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Manatee, Hardee, and Highlands Counties.
- The Ryan White Program office administers approximately $12 million dollars annually in HIV funding, contracting with approximately 20 agencies and funding 55 separate contracts for the provision of services to thousands of HIV positive individuals in our eight county service area.
- The Ryan White CARE Act mandated the establishment of a planning council that would guide and assist the local government in the decision making processes involved in the disbursement of the federal funds. The planning council in this area is called the West Central Florida Ryan White Care Council. Activities of the Care Council include, but are not limited to, conducting a needs assessment, establishing priorities for the allocation of funds, and developing a comprehensive plan for the organization and delivery of health services. The Care Council can be contacted directly at 727-217-7070.
If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. The Ryan White Program Manager can be reached by telephone at 813-272-6935 or via e-mail at .