Housing Support & Advocacy
Since 2002, the agency’s Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS Program has demonstrated that the provision of housing assistance integrated with other supportive services helps clients meet their needs of increased independence, financial/legal/housing stability, quality medical care, increased adherence to medication regimens, and a risk-free lifestyle. Our Housing Advocate supports clients with housing searches, referrals, landlord negotiations, completion of housing applications and much more. A Positive Place also maintains a limited number of tenant-based rental subsidies for eligible clients.
Weekly Support Group
"Connections," is the agency’s weekly support group, co-facilitated by a licensed mental health clinician and our Peer Advocate. Members share concerns about the challenge of living with HIV, family issues, relationships, health, medications, doctor appointments, life before HIV, the practical things that make life more comfortable, spiritual concerns, and more. Topics may be suggested by the facilitators or by any member. It is the members who make the group meaningful for themselves.
Peer Support & Monthly Peer Gatherings
Individual peer support (offered by a peer living with HIV) is provided as a fully integrated component of our case management and health related services model. Our Peer Advocate supports client access to health and support services; supports client retention in care; helps navigate service systems and accompanies clients to appointments; engages in adherence support and risk reduction work. He is available to any client, especially newly diagnosed individuals and those at risk of disengaging from care. Also, one morning per month staff invite all clients to a "Koffee Klatch," and one afternoon per month we open our doors for "Game Day." Our goals are simple: decrease isolation and strengthen our community; empower clients to identify and build on skills, talents, and passions; and improve their quality of life.
A Positive Place works to ensure that clients in our region, with limited access to transportation, can access the medical and social services they need through a variety of transportation supports, including: bus tokens, bus passes, and volunteer rides. Medical transportation is available for attendance at primary and specialty care medical appointments, social services appointments, peer support groups, mental health counseling and drug treatment, and meetings with social case managers.
Adherence Support & Positive Prevention
All members of our HIV Care team understand the immediate and long-term impacts that medications have in influencing patient health and quality of life and we often engage in conversations around treatment issues and side-effects management. The team keeps abreast of a range of adherence strategies and options to support clients including medication reminders, and scheduling and dietary strategies. They are also trained to support people living with HIV/AIDS around sexual health promotion and substance use risk reduction in a judgment free environment.
A Positive Place is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Contact us or call (413) 586-8288.
Cooley Dickinson Hospital • 30 Locust St. (Route 9), Northampton, Mass. • (413) 582-2000