The purpose is to pilot co-location of HIV/STI and hepatitis C screening, testing, and treatment within a behavioral health setting in order to provide seamless prevention, education and care services to the population of focus.
The team creates personalized health plans for each client to insure proper level of care and treatment including specialized service referrals. These needs will be met through culturally relevant interventions, such as the HIV evidence based intervention in Counseling, Testing and Referral (CTR). Integrated PASEO offers free harm reduction kits for drug injected users, the kits includes: a tourniquet, cooker, filters, and single use syringe; also free female and male condoms and free packages of lubrication.
Integrated PASEO provides linkages to care for people that reacted positive for HIV/ STIs and Hepatitis C, through referrals for treatment and follow-up appointments. Any clients that screen positive for substance abuse or required detox services and clients with mental health issues, will be referred for treatment and follow-up.
The program runs a clinic located in the first floor of the Norwegian American Hospital, where clients receive counseling and testing services Monday through Friday between 9am to 5pm. We also have an office at Garfield Center, Community Services Centers for the City of Chicago (10 S. Kedzie Ave., 312-746-5400). We provide services there Monday through Friday with hours of operation from 9am to 12pm. At this second location, clients can have access to services such as: crisis intervention services, veterans services assistance, casework, shelter and housing assistance, job training/placement services, public benefits eligibility assessments, among many other important services.