Changes in Ryan White Distribution Causing Funding Shortages for Southern California HIV/AIDS Groups
February 19, 2008
Changes in the distribution of Ryan White Program money are creating funding shortages for Southern California-based AIDS groups, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports. According to San Bernardino County, Calif., health officials, about 7,400 people are living with HIV/AIDS in San Bernardino and Riverside counties (McGavin, Riverside Press-Enterprise, 2/14).
Daniel Perez -- a program manager with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, which distributes federal funds to about six providers in the region -- said this year's changes to the Ryan White Program are the "most drastic" since the legislation was enacted in 1990. As a result of the changes, 75% of funds must go toward medical, substance abuse and other services, and no more than 25% can be allotted to food vouchers, transportation and case management, Perez added.
David Brinkman, executive director of the Palm Springs, Calif.-based Desert AIDS Project, said the organization "saw a 25% increase in the number of patients in the last 12 months." He added, "We are forced to do more with less [money], and we're forced to go to our private donor community and ask for more. It's a huge strain" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 2/14).
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