California: State Budget Could Cut AIDS Drugs in County Jails
March 30, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget proposal, released in January, includes $87.5 million for the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program. However, excluded from that amount is $9.5 million to provide ADAP services to HIV-positive inmates in county jails. Under the proposal, the cost of supplying AIDS drugs to inmates would likely shift to the jails.
AIDS drugs cost the county's Santa Rita Jail in Dublin about $525,000, a bill that has been previously paid by the state ADAP, Hypolite said. Neither the county jails nor health department is in any position to pay for inmates' treatment, he said. About 250 county inmates receive treatment through ADAP.
Contra Costa Times
03.19.2010; Chris Metinko
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