Social Support Services comprises multiple programs – Harm Reduction and Mental Health Services, Health Homes, Expanded Syringe Access Program, AIDS Institute Testing & Counseling, and HIV Navigation Services Programs.
HEALTH HOMES PROGRAM coordinates medical, mental health, and substance use treatment services to help our clients achieve better health outcomes. BAC also offers medication assistance, housing, social services (e.g., food, benefits, and transportation), and management of other health and mental health conditions. For more information, call Chantal Keenswijk, Social Support Services Manager, at 347-505-5126.
LINKAGE/NAVIGATION assists individuals who are HIV positive or high-risk negative to obtain timely and appropriate medical, prevention, and support services. BAC actively engages clients in a comprehensive assessment process to identify obstacles/ unmet needs, develop an action plan, support positive changes, and achieve self-sufﬁciency with navigating systems of care and support. For more information, call Loretta Samuels, Supervisor, at 347-505-5166.
340 B PHARMACY PROGRAM allows BAC, as a covered entity, to contract with PharmaBlue LLC to dispense discounted medication to eligible clients by mail. Clients participating in this program can: Access a pharmacist 24/7 | Receive delivery of medications to the location of choice | Customize medication needs | Communicate with the pharmacy to monitor medication use and verify delivery.For more information, call Donna Lawrence, Supervisor, 347-505-5138.
HARM REDUCTION MENTAL SERVICES is designed for HIV-positive individuals with past or present substance use disorder issues. Treatment focuses on substance use education, relapse prevention, stress management, seeking safety, and healthy conversations. BAC delivers these services in a trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive manner. For more information, call Loretta Samuels, Supervisor, at 347-505-5166.
Individuals aged 18 years or older can receive up to 10 sterile syringes, a safe kit (FITPACK), and ESAP safety inserts. It also provides outreach to pharmacies and the communities regarding safe sharps disposal.
ESAP Distribution & Sharps Collection Location: 2261 Church Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11226. For more information, call 347-505-5124
Outreach & Mobile Unit Services
BAC conducts outreach activities to actively engage individuals at high risk of HIV infection and intravenous drug use via the Mobile Unit and traditional settings. These outreach activities include health education/risk reduction presentation, HIV testing & counseling, syringe distribution and disposal, and program enrollment and referrals. The Mobile Unit is stationed in several Brooklyn communities, including Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Flatbush, Bushwick, East New York, and Williamsburg, and provides a package of services:
- STI Screenings
- Mental Health and Substance Use screenings
- HIV Testing & Counseling
- Syringe Distribution & Disposal (ESAP)
- Referral & Linkage to primary medical care and other services.
Our Outreach and Mobile Unit regularly attends health fairs and workshops. To schedule an appointment, call 347-505-5152 or 347-505-5151 for location and time.