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Updates from the Washington State Department of Health Infectious Disease

Tuesday, March 19, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Our office is diligently working towards our goals to End AIDS in Washington. We rely on health care providers to provide care and community referrals to people living with HIV (PLWH) and people at high risk of acquiring HIV (PAHR). We are sharing information about resources available through the Washington State Department of Health.

Department of Health’s Early Intervention and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Assistance Programs The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) offers two healthcare programs aimed at treating and preventing HIV. The Early Intervention Programs (EIP) houses the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) and the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Drug Assistance Program (PrEP DAP). These programs can assist enrolled clients with their out-of-pocket costs for HIV care and prevention related services** such as medical visits, labs, medications, dental*, mental health*, and monthly insurance premiums*.

We are seeking healthcare provider to participate in our provider network. If interested, please contact Krystal Sterling at krystal.sterling@doh.wa.gov. Information about these programs, contractual requirements, and reimbursement can be found here or by visiting our website.

**Payments are made to contracted providers for approved services on the program covered services lists.

*For HIV care (EIP) enrollees only

Fast Fact! Our Early Intervention Program (EIP) and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Drug Assistance Program (PrEP DAP) are often referred to as “the State” which implies we are part of Medicaid, but we are not. This confusion often creates barriers to accessing care and delayed provider reimbursement.  

Community Based Services: HIV Case Management, Prevention Navigation, Syringe Exchange, and Harm Reduction

We recognize that navigating healthcare, insurance, and social support services can be challenging, complex and discouraging. We contract with community based organizations who can help clients apply for assistance, access healthcare and health insurance, and link people to care and social services.

Medical HIV Case Managers help connect people living with HIV and other long-lasting conditions with health services and resources to help them be independent. A medical case manager assesses client needs, support systems, including help from family and others, and services that improve and maintain health. More information is available here or by visiting this link.

HIV Prevention Navigators provide guidance to people seeking HIV prevention and other supportive services. This includes assisting with access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), health insurance enrollment and utilization, HIV/STD testing, and condoms. More information is available here or by visiting this link.

Syringe Exchange and Drug User Health Programs provide free sterile syringes, referrals and linkage to health care services and providers, STD, HIV, and viral hepatitis screenings, opioid overdose prevention and education, and distribute naloxone to people who need them in order to reduce syringe re-use and sharing and detect and prevent transmission of infectious diseases. One of the advantages of a harm reduction approach is that it engages individuals who are not likely to utilize traditional preventive health systems. For more information about syringe services and harm reduction programs is available here. Or, learn more about the initiative by visiting the program home page


 Email questions to Sarah Deutsch at sarah.deutsch@doh.wa.gov. The Washington State Syringe Service Directory can be found here.  

Naloxone Distribution Program is administered through the State Infectious Disease Office and provides training, technical assistance, and naloxone to organizations in Washington that work with people who inject drugs, their friends and family members; and people most likely to witness and respond to an overdose in order to support overdose prevention programs. The Naloxone distribution program can also ship naloxone kits to interested agencies. In order for your organization to receive and distribute naloxone to participants or If you have questions about how this relates to your organization’s needs, please visit this link for more information or contact Sean.Hemmerle@doh.wa.gov.

Resources and Training Opportunities for Clinicians
The Washington State TB Program is offering a World TB Day webinar on March 25 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The presenter is Khayr Abdi, a patient survivor of multidrug-resistant TB who shares his story with healthcare professionals to lessen the physical and psychological side effects of future patients undergoing TB treatment. The registration link is on the attached flyer and available at this link.

Stigma and Health Disparities Considerations
Expand your knowledge on how to provide care that reflects cultural humility for transgender patients & clients by completing the Trans Health 101 Online course. This six-module, self-paced course will focus on how to provide care that reflects cultural humility for our transgender patients and clients by exploring how personal biases affect our work, discussing key concepts related to gender diversity, proposing strategies for creating a welcoming environment for all, and studying the role that organizational intentionality plays in its creation. Register here.


Please direct questions about the training to CBA@sfcommunityhealth.org

Please direct questions and comments to Carri.Comer@doh.wa.gov.






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