Guiding Principles for Programs Serving HIV Positive Substance Users

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Guiding Principles for Programs Serving HIV Positive Substance Users

June 1, 2003
Boston University School of Public Health

Principles for delivering care to substance users living with HIV/AIDS. Principles cover integrated services, care coordination, assessment, referral, staff education/support, consumer education/ involvement, quality improvement, confidentiality, and cultural competence. 

Includes: 

General Principles

  • Integrated Services 
  • Care Coordination 
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Competence 
  • Assessment 
  • Referrals 
  • Staff Education and Support 
  • Consumer Education 
  • Quality Improvement 
  • Confidentiality Principles 

Specific to HIV Primary Care

  • Multi-Disciplinary Team Approach 
  • Provider Knowledge of HIV 
  • Assessment 
  • Access to Treatment 
  • Medication Adherence 
  • Consumer Education 

Principles Specific to Substance Abuse Treatment

  • Admission and Discharge 
  • Treatment Program Environment 
  • On-Call and Back-Up Systems 
  • Staff Education

Principles Specific to Outreach Programs

  • Staff Education 
  • Staff Supervision and Support 
  • Advocacy 
  • Consumer Education 
  • Follow-Up 
  • Staff Recruitment

Principles Specific to Care Coordination

  • Consumer Involvement 
  • Medications 
  • Aftercare Planning 
  • Follow-Up 
  • Referral Networks

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