The Comrades In A.R.M.S. (AIDS Resource Management Services), CIA Program was established in 1993. The main goals of the program are to provide Case Management, HIV Prevention Education and Outreach services to residents of North and Central Brooklyn. The staff within this program are culturally diverse, and is equipped to provide culturally, as well as linguistically appropriate services to our diverse multi-cultural clientele, that reside within the five boroughs of New York City. The two components within this program are the Case Management Unit, and the HIV Prevention Education/Outreach Unit.
CASE MANAGEMENT UNIT
The Case Management Unit (CMU), provides intensive and non-intensive quality case management services to individuals infected or affected with HIV/AIDS. This includes needs assessments, procurement of services and other entitlements and referrals to supportive services. Some of these services include: housing, medical, food, emotional support and health education. Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements; those individuals living with HIV/AIDS, along with their collaterals, can be enrolled into FSNNY/C.I.A Case Management Unit, to receive these services. Comprehensive and supportive case management services are also available to individuals who are not eligible to receive COBRA case management services. The goal of case management is to provide ongoing support, advocacy, and follow-up, in order for the clients to access services and maintain health.
HIV PREVENTION EDUCATION / OUTREACH UNIT
The HIV Prevention Education/Outreach Unit (PEOU), promotes HIV awareness and conducts outreach within the Brooklyn community. The Unit’s major objective is to ensure that individuals receive information about HIV/AIDS related issues. Perspective clients are identified, who would benefit from services, such as: case management services, which includes referrals to medical and social services within the community, educational information and harm reduction. The Prevention Outreach Unit is also responsible for conducting weekly outreach and additional HIV prevention education activities. Single and Multi-Session intervention/sessions are conducted within Brooklyn and other communities which are greatly impacted by the HIV virus.
INTERVENTION SESSIONS OFFERED:
• Healthy Relationships
• Peer Training Sessions (PTS)
• SISTA (Sisters Informing Sisters About Topics On AIDS)
• VOICES/VOCES (Video Opportunities For Innovative Condom Education and Safer Sex)