The Auen Foundation has awarded Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) a grant to help clients over the age of 50 who have been living with HIV for at least ten years. The funds will supplement the organization’s case management and psychotherapy for this age-group, which represents 56 percent of its clients.
“These long-term survivors are best served with tailored programs that match their unique needs,” said David Brinkman, D.A.P. CEO. “Many of these clients have been battling HIV/AIDS since the 80s and 90s, when the stigma associated with the disease was at its highest. This experience created barriers for seeking treatment. Many of these people have lost friends, spouses and family members, have unresolved grief, post-traumatic stress or long-term depression. We are very grateful to the Auen Foundation for recognizing this real need and for supporting mental health needs in our community.”
D.A.P. offers a team approach for its case management. The two primary experts managing this case load have been working at D.A.P. for nearly 20 years each. Through this time, a distinct expertise has emerged for people working with long-term HIV/AIDS survivors, which combines medical care, social services and psychotherapy. As part of this holistic continuum of care, all services are located on a single campus in Palm Springs.
“Our community is so fortunate to have D.A.P. and all the services it provides,” said Catharine Reed, Program Director for the Auen Foundation. “Addressing the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS who are 50 and older is exactly the type of program we want to support, because it aligns with our mission to enhance the quality of life for the aging population.”
D.A.P. serves uninsured and underinsured people living with HIV and AIDS by providing comprehensive support, including medical care, case management, and social services, like food, housing, and counseling. D.A.P. also offers free and confidential HIV testing at a number of locations in the valley. To learn more about Desert AIDS Project, call 760–323-2118, visit www.desertaidsproject.org or find D.A.P on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.
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