Services - SLO County
For clients, family members, and the public, current HIV and AIDS information is vital. ASN's Health Counselor provides current treatment information, links to the medical community for the agency, and, for clients, can give referrals to physicians and discuss drug side effects and disease progression.
Finding suitable and stable housing for our clients is one of our highest priorities. ASN's Housing Case Manager advises clients, assists with housing searches is the liaison with local housing programs (such as Section 8) and works with clients concerning utilities. The agency owns and operates 12 units of housing for HIV+ clients in San Luis Obispo. These rent-subsidized units are specifically for low-income clients.
Several times a year, ASN provides informational forums for clients and interested community members. Topics include treatment, nutrition, psycho-social issues, benefits information, and personal budgeting, to name but a few.
For medical professionals interested in learning more about the events or an opportunity to speak, don't hesitate to get in touch with David Kilburn.
The Access Support Network operates its Food Pantry, which supplies clients with canned goods, dry goods, and toiletries.
Insurance and benefit programs such as SSI, SSDI, Medi-Cal, Medicare, CARE/HIPP, and private insurance programs can be confusing and daunting to those trying to utilize them. ASN's Benefits Counselor helps our clients access the benefits to which they are entitled.
Assistance is available to ASN's HIV+ clients from the Ryan White CARE Act, and Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS (HOPWA) funds for:
Transportation for out-of-county medical appointments
Medi-Cal Waiver Program
With a Nurse Case Manager and Social Work Case Manager, ASN's Medi-Cal Waiver Program provides more intensive supportive services for a limited number HIV+ clients whose health status becomes more fragile. The program's strength is more in-depth nursing evaluation and psycho-social support. There are eligibility requirements for the program.