The intent of this RFA is to provide funding for comprehensive legal services that include counsel and advice on matters such as consumer/finance, education, employment, family, health, housing, income maintenance, individual rights and benefits. Services will include an additional focus on family law issues such as future care and custody, adoption, guardianship, and foster care for dependent children. A comprehensive integrated approach encourages collaborative relationships with medical providers and community-based organizations including those oriented for family services to address barriers to accessing benefits and services that support health and wellness for PLWH and families. All services will focus on proactive identification of legal needs in addition to emergency legal needs such as loss of housing, neglect, or loss of public benefits. Psychosocial support services for families affected by HIV are required on-site, through subcontract, or through a documented Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to assist with the process for the placement and care of dependent children. Additionally, funded applicants are required to provide community outreach, technical assistance and education on legal and psychosocial support services for HIV-affected individuals and families and community-based health and human service providers.
The services to be funded through this RFA support the NYSDOH AI commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic by reinforcing the priorities of increasing access to and engagement in HIV medical care and treatment to support and sustain viral suppression among PLWH.
Programs funded through this RFA must provide services as described below and in accordance with Attachment 2 - Legal Services RFA Work Plan.
For more information on these services, see page 7 of the Grant Opportunity PDF in Supporting Documents, below.
Estimated Total Program Funding: