Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part B grantees must ensure appropriate needs assessment and planning for the use of Part B funds to provide essential health and support services. Whether accomplished through regional or statewide planning bodies, planning is an essential part of determining how to use limited Ryan White funds in providing a system of quality HIV/AIDS care and to ensure that the funds are following payer of last resort. Regardless of the structure, planning requires broad membership involvement in order to bring diverse experience and input into such tasks as needs assessment, developing a comprehensive plan, setting priorities, and recommending allocation of funds to service categories. To learn more about our planning processes, please review our most current Community Input and Comprehensive Plans and our Service Priorities and Allocations.
Community Input Plan
The AA considers the community (also referred to as stakeholders) to be people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), the family, friends, and caregivers of PLWHA who are affected by HIV/AIDS, the contracted and non-contracted service providers, and any person that wants to provide input. Input is important because it helps the AA develop and implement processes that meet the community’s needs. By input, the AA means any insight or participation such as feedback, opinions, thoughts, ideas, comments, criticisms, linking to new resources, suggestions for improvement, expressing concerns, recommendations for implementation, sharing experiences and information, etc. In order to comply with DSHS requirements, the AA established meaningful processes for community input into planning decision making and are found in the Community Input Plan that was recently revised March 2020.
Comprehensive HIV Services Plan
Throughout the year, the AA is responsible for conducting and completing certain projects crucial to the provision of HIV/AIDS services. The main projects are Priorities, Allocations and the Comprehensive Plan for HIV Services. The Comprehensive Plan is a multi-year plan that serves as a guide for HIV services in the planning area. The most recent plan was updated September 2018 and continues to cover 2017-2020. The plan is updated annually, with the revised plan due to DSHS by May 21 of each year. The Comprehensive Plan will be updated May 2020. Priorities refer to the ranking of service categories in each HSDA. The priorities are generally derived from the needs assessment that is conducted every three to five years. However, the priorities are evaluated annually and may change depending on input received. Allocations are the amount of Ryan White Service Delivery and State Services funds distributed to service categories. In the PanWest/West Texas, priorities and allocations are conducted between October-December of each year. The final priorities and allocations are added to the Comprehensive Plan each year.
Priorities & Allocations
Below you’ll find the current allocations for the 2018-2019 Ryan White and State Services grants.