The Lower New York Consortium for Families with HIV was established in 1991 with Ryan White CARE Act Title III funding, which enabled the Department of Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Program to export the family centered model of care provided in the Bellevue PIDC to two
other clinical sites (St. Vincentís Hospital, Manhattan and St. Vincentís Hospital, Staten Island).
A successful Ryan White Title IV application in 1994 enabled the Consortium to:
develop an infrastructure for program management, development, and evaluation
support community case management
develop a mechanism of care coordination between and among community agencies and hospitals
create an outreach program and clinical services for adolescents. Ryan White Title I funds received in 1995 funded prenatal programs in each of the clinical sites for HIV counseling and testing, counseling about AZT, and linkage with the pediatric infectious diseases programs for the referral to and care of HIV-exposed newborns
The Consortium currently provides a substantial amount of support for the clinical and social work staff providing family-centered services at these sites. Within the past year, the Consortium membership has been expanded to include the Henry Street Clinical Consultation Center; Greenwich House, a provider of co-located HIV/AIDS primary care, mental health, and substance abuse services; and the Visiting Nurse Service.