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Whitney Young Health's Community Prevention and Treatment Services (CPTS) Program has been awarded a 4-year grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for a new HIV program.

Project COOL (Control Over Our Lives)'s mission is to integrate evidence-based, culturally competent mental and substance use disorder treatment with HIV primary care and prevention services. The patient population this program will focus on individuals with a serious mental illness or co-occuring disorder living with or at risk for HIV and/or Hepatitis C, including racial and ethnic minority communities.

The priority areas of Project COOL are:

  • Expand HIV, Hepatitis C, PrEP services in a behavioral health setting.
  • Expand evidence-based mental health and substance use disorder treatment that are trauma-informed.
  • Expand peer support services to promote engagement and retention.
  • Expand outreach to link patients to testing, behavioral health, HIV and Hepatitis C care and prevention.
  • Expand case management to coordinate linkage of behavioral health to primary care and specialty services.

For more information on Project COOL or to make an appointment, please call CPTS at 518-465-4771 ext. 4931. 

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