Health care and social service providers treating or assisting HIV+ individuals are encouraged to refer them to Illinois HIV Care Connect. By enrolling in Illinois HIV Care Connect at no charge, people living with HIV receive help in finding the care and support they need. If you are a care provider, your HIV+ patient may choose to have you remain the primary provider after your referral to Illinois HIV Care Connect.
How people living with HIV enroll confidentially
Your referral will put the HIV+ individual in contact with your Illinois HIV Care Connect regional office to enroll confidentially. On the state map on this webpage, just click on your region to find the office’s regional project director, telephone number, and address. In most cases, the person living with HIV brings insurance and income information to an appointment with an office staff member, who helps to submit the enrollment information.
Once enrolled, a case manager will determine the individual’s eligibility for services and benefits from programs including the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP Medication Assistance), Ryan White Part B, Continuation of Health Insurance of Coverage Program (CHIC Premium Assistance), Housing Opportunities for Persons Living With AIDS (HOPWA), and others. In this way, Illinois HIV Care Connect can help individuals better afford the health care and support services they need to manage HIV and achieve optimal health and self-sufficiency. In many cases, services will be available near an individual’s home.
Depending on a person’s eligibility, services may include:
- Outpatient/ambulatory health care
- Mental health care
- Oral health care
- Medical nutritional therapy
- Substance abuse services (outpatient)
- Food bank
- Legal assistance
- Medical transportation
- Psychosocial support
- Utility and short-term rent assistance
Not all of the above services may be available, and the nature of services may vary, by regional office.
Free training programs for providers
Visit the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC) to learn about free training programs specifically designed to help primary care providers build HIV treatment skills. Through MATEC, you can also learn how to access free clinical consultation services to assist with managing the treatment needs of HIV+ patients.