ASA provides direct care services to over 1,500 people
annually. Our services include:
Food and Nutrition Services
Hands Food Bank and Nutrition Services empowers people living with HIV and AIDS
with the tools to help manage their health through a nutritious diet that is
custom tailored to their unique needs.
Case management is a core
service for ASA, directly addressing the agency’s mission to respond to “the
HIV needs of the Austin area.” Case management is a time-limited intervention
that seeks to assist persons who have difficulty accessing or remaining in
primary medical care and for delivering and coordinating HIV and other
Case management facilitates
continuity of care by coordinating client access to an array of services, such
as primary medical care, access to health insurance, help with daily living
skills, housing, transportation, financial assistance, psychosocial and spiritual
support, vocational and educational training and services, mental health
programs, substance abuse treatment and legal assistance.
HIV Prevention Outreach
ASA’s Counseling, Testing, and Referral program allows free
access to HIV testing services, behavior change counseling, and linkage to
needed community resources. It is
designed to assist individuals in evaluating how their behavior may put them at
risk for HIV infection and provide a safe, compassionate, and resource-rich
space to discuss challenges and successes in reducing their risk.
The Jack Sansing Dental Clinic
Sansing Dental Clinic provides routine and emergency dental care for people
living with HIV and AIDS. This includes oral examination, treatment planning,
oral surgery, root canal treatment, periodontal therapy, restorative dentistry,
removable prosthodontics, treatment of infection and preventative oral health care.
For those with
suppressed immune systems due to HIV or AIDS, proper dental care is of the
utmost importance. Treating each patient
with compassionate treatment options remains at the forefront of our service
goals for the residents of our ten county service area.
Legal Services and the Capital Area AIDS Legal Project
ASA’s Legal Services and
CAALP provide valuable legal assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS in
Central Texas. Our in-house attorney responds to many cases personally in
addition to leading The Capital Area AIDS Legal Project, or CAALP, which
provides pro bono legal services for low income people who are living with HIV
Through referrals to local
volunteer attorneys in the community, CAALP undertakes to assist people with a
broad range of civil legal issues, including but not limited to, life
planning, insurance, discrimination, confidentiality, immigration, public
benefits, landlord-tenant disputes, probate and family law.
The Paul Kirby Emergency Relief Fund
ASA provides emergency relief for individuals when no other
sources of funding exist. The Paul Kirby Emergency Relief Fund is the last
resort for our case managers to assist their clients, with much of the funding
going for essentials like food, utilities, rent and prescription medication.
The vast majority of the Fund is thanks to the Octopus Club,
an all-volunteer, grassroots organization dedicated to making a difference
through raising money for the Fund.
The PATH Risk Reduction Program
Comprehensive Risk &
Counseling Services, commonly known as the PATH Program, provides individual
and couples counseling to reduce the transmission of HIV. PATH primarily serves
people peoplve living with HIV and AIDS, but is also open to HIV- people who
report high risk of acquiring the virus. PATH is a harm reduction counseling program,
meaning that PATH counselors assess each individual’s readiness for change and
clients guide the process by identifying problems and goals to address those
Project Fresh Start
Fresh Start is a counseling program intended to help people released from jail
or prison within the past two years to change
old patterns related to substance use and other behaviors that could lead to