AHF Criticizes Dallas County for Underspending Ryan White Grant, Withholding Crucial HIV/AIDS Care and Services

As of February 29, Dallas County failed to sufficiently spend its
funds allocated to the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.
Ryan White is
the largest provider of care and services for individuals living with
HIV/AIDS in the US.

Healthcare Foundation
, the largest global HIV/AIDS organization,
today criticized Dallas County, Texas officials for noticeably
underspending federal funds appropriated to Ryan
White CARE Act
HIV/AIDS programs in the County.

First authorized in 1990, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS legislation created
several programs to address the needs of various populations affected by
HIV/AIDS across the U.S. Two of the larger programs under Ryan White
are: Part A, which provides emergency assistance to areas that are most
affected by HIV/AIDS, and Minority
AIDS Initiative
(MAI), which provides funding to evaluate and
address the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on African Americans and
other minorities. As the 2015 Part A and MAI grants are currently in the
11th month of the billing cycle for Dallas County, both
spending figures were expected to reach 91.67% to be on target. Through
the eleventh month billing cycle, Dallas County expended just 78.51% of
its Part A funding and only 88.71% of MAI funding.

“Part A grants fund a crucial continuum of care for HIV/AIDS patients,
providing for services such as home health care, medical case
management, and outpatient and ambulatory medical care,” said Bret
Texas Regional Director for AHF. “There is clearly a
tremendous need for HIV/AIDS medical care and services in the Dallas
region. However, Dallas County officials spent just 65.13% of its 2015
Part A funding designated for such outpatient medical care and services,
a figure that should have neared 100% by the end of February. County
officials simply must do better managing these critical programs.”

“Dallas County absolutely cannot continue to withhold essential funds
allocated to these lifesaving Ryan White programs while the need for
HIV/AIDS services in Dallas—particularly in minority and other
underserved communities—remains unmet,” said Michael Weinstein,
President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

AHF expressed similar concerns about HIV/AIDS funding in Dallas County
last year, when officials failed to approve their own review board
recommendation of $1.1 million in grants for AHF under the Ryan White
CARE Act. 7,500 HIV/AIDS-affected individuals were left without medical
care and treatment as a result. Appropriate management of funds by
Dallas County will help to decrease this number.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over
600,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin
America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn
more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org,
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