Los Angeles, CA, August 05, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Those living with HIV/AIDS experience a range of mental issues because of the stress of the infection, stress of stigmas and due to the mental side effects of many of the medications. That is why Confidential Patient Services (CPS), a program within the AIDS Assistance Foundation, now provides the much needed mental health counseling to its already extensive list of free services for those living with HIV/AIDS. CPS has hired a full time staff to focus only on providing mental health services that will be available for all CPS and Sidelle Wellness members. The mental health services are provided in multiple settings, such as: group educational classes, small support groups, and one-on-one peer counseling with one of CPS’s mental health counselors. At CPS and Sidelle Wellness, member’s mental health is just as important as the physical health. Both organizations believe that overall health-mind, body and spirit- are necessary for a full, happy life.
*All the stated services are offered in English and Spanish.
The AIDS Assistance Foundation (AAF) is a charitable organization that provides comprehensive assistance and support to individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Southern California. The Foundation’s role is to secure, manage, and administer philanthropic funding to support the mission of Sidelle Wellness and Confidential Patient Services.
AAF’s mission is to serve the best interests of the community by continually improving the health and quality of life of individuals living with HIV/AIDS. AAF strives to create and maintain an innovative support system and to provide the highest level of care.
The Foundation supports the concept of “Serving One Community” and provides funding and grants to programs and organizations that:
• Provide health-related services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS;
• Support and transform the individual, social, and economic aspects of the HIV/AIDS community;
• Provide benefits to low-income and at-risk populations;
AAF values the ability to provide the community a “home” where people can congregate, unwind, learn, and take part in social and wellness activities such as yoga, movie nights, skill building workshops, and support groups. The Foundation collaborates with all types of organizations in the efforts to deliver additional support to the community and to provide a wide spectrum of benefits, from psychological and social advantages to nutritional and physical health benefits. Ultimately, these additional resources provide real attention, specified support, and peace of mind to the people we serve.
Started in 2011, Confidential Patient Services is a support and patient navigation program aimed towards improving the overall wellness and lifestyles of individuals living with HIV/AIDS. CPS helps members navigate and gain access to various services and programs, including, but not limited to: housing assistance, financial assistance, food assistance, and healthcare navigation. A personal support team helps members through every step of the way and is on call 24-hours a day. CPS’s Patient Care Specialists are mobile and will meet members at their home or other convenient locations to provide the best service possible.
CPS’s mission is to provide free quality and compassionate mobile patient navigation services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS. With this in mind, CPS created the Patient Navigation Program to ensure all patients are reached, educated, and empowered regarding their rights and options concerning their healthcare.
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