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A Year in Review. One year ago, our members voted to approve the merger of Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition with AIDS Project Hartford. On January.

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1 A Year in Review

2 One year ago, our members voted to approve the merger of Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition with AIDS Project Hartford. On January 1, 2013, the merger became official and AIDS Connecticut was created. The past year has brought many changes, both big and small…

3 AIDS Connecticut (ACT), in partnership with its member agencies, improves the lives of people impacted by HIV through care and supportive services, housing, advocacy and prevention. A New Mission:

4 A newly merged board: President Robert Freeman APT Foundation Vice President Wilfred Rodriguez Greater Hartford Legal Aid Treasurer J. Tobias Freeman Kostin, Ruffkess & Co., LLC Secretary Chelsea Turner CT Lottery Kasey Harding Community Health Center Charles Hatheway Hartford Dispensary Robert Ricketts Joiner, Ricketts, Andrews & Henry, LLP Debbye Rosen Department of Public Health Barbara Shaw Hands on Hartford Mark Vogel The Phoenix Companies

5 John MerzPaul Botticello Our Co-Executive Directors: A newly merged staff…

6 The programs provided by CARC have been combined with those offered by AIDS Project Hartford to create a full complement of services that will be used to more efficiently support Connecticut’s HIV/AIDS community. These newly merged services include…

7 ACT assists families and individuals with obtaining and maintaining housing through the Housing Assistance Fund and the Emergency Housing Fund; and meeting emergency expenses through the Client Assistance Fund. Financial Assistance

8 ACT provides the following care services for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Hartford area: Medical Case Management, Project TLC, Housing Support and Medication Adherence. Care Services

9 Connections is an HIV drop-in center that offers services including: Medical case management Support groups Meals Substance abuse counseling Mental health counseling Acupuncture Research studies Social activities Connections Wellness Center

10 The AIDS LIFE (Legislative Initiative and Funding Effort) Campaign is Connecticut's only statewide group that focuses solely on all of the policy-related issues impacting people living with and at high risk for HIV/AIDS. AIDS LIFE Campaign

11 CMTI is a comprehensive training program designed for those with case management responsibilities in AIDS services, AIDS housing, domestic violence, shelters and transitional living programs. Case Management Training Institute

12 ACT provides Comprehensive Risk Counseling Services (CRCS), Counseling & Testing, and partners with the faith community and Healthy Teens CT. Prevention & Outreach

13 The Syringe Exchange Program is a harm-reduction service that encourages injection drug users to dispose of used hypodermic needles rather than sharing the needles and increasing the transmission of blood borne pathogens. Hartford Syringe Exchange

14 ACT seeks to provide cross training between employment services and all types of AIDS service providers, so that they can better assist persons living with AIDS who seek to (re)enter the workforce. CT Working Positive Project

15 ACT is a close partner with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness in the quest to gather and maintain accurate information about homelessness in the state of Connecticut. Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)

16 nPEP - HIV Prevention for Sexual Assault Survivors ACT has been funded by the CT Department of Public Health to establish a program that will pay for Non- occupational Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (nPEP) for survivors of sexual assault who are un- or under-insured.

17 Technical Assistance & Networking ACT provides many technical assistance options and networking opportunities for our member agencies, funders and consumers.

18 Quality Assurance ACT conducts annual quality assurance audits on all AIDS housing programs in Connecticut. Results are used to ensure individual program compliance as well as to inform members of best practices, trends, and systemic challenges and barriers.

19 AIDS Project Greater Danbury AIDS Project New Haven Alliance for Living The APT Foundation CASA, Inc./Noble House Catholic Charities Charter Oak Health Center Christian Activities Council/Zezzo House Chrysalis Center Community Health Services, Inc. Community Health & Wellness Center of Greater Torrington Columbus House Community Health Center Community Renewal Team/McKinney Shelter GBAPP Family Centers, Inc. Hands on Hartford/Peter's Retreat Handz-On, Inc. And finally a very special thanks to our members for their patience and cooperation as we made our way together through this year of transition. Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective Human Resources Agency of New Britain Immaculate Conception Shelter & Housing Corp. Independence Northwest Inspirica (formerly St. Luke's LifeWorks) Leeway, Inc. Liberty Community Services Mercy Housing & Shelter Corp. Mid-Fairfield AIDS Project New Haven Home Recovery New Opportunities, Inc. Perception Programs/Omega House Recovery Network of Programs/Prospect House Refocus Outreach Ministries Saint Philip House, Inc. Tabor House Windham Harm Reduction Coalition Windham Regional Community Council Thanks for all you do!

20 COMING SOON… October 5 - AIDS Walk/Run October 19 - An Evening with Project Runway’s Mondo Complete details at


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