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Interview: HRSA Discusses Planned ADAP Study

January 12, 2012

The Perfect Storm for ADAPs

Most AIDS activists have been watching in shock as the ADAP waiting list rolls yo-yo up and down, as more and more people with HIV are finding themselves with intermittent treatment, limited treatment options, or no treatment at all. This week I found out that Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) was planning a study of ADAP programs, and decided to contact HRSA via email about the study being planned. Here's what a HRSA spokesperson had to say:

HW: Why is HRSA embarking on this study of ADAP usage?

HRSA: The primary purpose of this evaluation project is not to study ADAP usage but, rather, to identify and examine factors contributing to the growing number of individuals enrolling in ADAP and States' abilities to meet the increasing demand for ADAP services. For example, the study will explore issues such as the relationship between the state of the economy and the increased demand for ADAP services by examining changes in state Medicaid programs, reductions in state and local contributions to ADAP, unemployment rates and loss of insurance.

HW: What issues led to this being seen as an issue needing further inquiry and explanation?

HRSA: HRSA identified the need to have a more comprehensive understanding of the various factors and the interrelationships between the factors contributing to the increased demand for ADAP services. HRSA also realized the need to identify and disseminate best practices that states are using to most effectively address these factors.

HW: How does HRSA hope to use the results?

HRSA: HRSA will use the findings from this study to develop and provide new technical assistance to ADAPs and improve services to people living with HIV/AIDS.

HW: When will the study be released?

HRSA: We expect the study to be released in early 2013.

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This article was provided by Housing Works. It is a part of the publication Housing Works AIDS Issues Update. Visit Housing Works' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
See Also
2014 National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report (PDF)
ADAP Waiting List Update: 35 People in 1 State as of July 23
More on ADAP

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