4. Technical Assistance for CARE Act Grantees and Planning Bodies
Technical Assistance for CARE Act Grantees and Planning Councils
CARE Act grantees and planning bodies can obtain technical assistance (TA) from the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB). Assistance focuses on implementing CARE Act requirements in order to improve health care access and quality of life for persons living with HIV disease (PLWH). TA is defined by HRSA/HAB as identifying needs and delivering program and technical support to the CARE Act community for their planning and primary care service delivery systems.
CARE Act provisions related to Title II training and technical assistance are as follows:
Section 2603 (a)(3)(D)(iii) requires the Secretary to “reserve amounts to make grants and provide technical assistance to States and eligible areas with respect to obtaining data on cases of HIV disease to ensure that data on such cases is available from all States and eligible areas as soon as is practicable but not later than the beginning of fiscal year 2007.”
Section 2619 requires the Secretary to “provide technical assistance in administering and coordinating the activities authorized under section 2612 [the Title II grant], including technical assistance for the development and implementation of statewide coordinated statements of need.”
Purpose and TA Topics
TA assists programs. It is not intended to do the actual work of the grantee or planning council. TA priorities include:
Other priorities are identified in response to evolving needs. Examples of TA topics include:
TA and training activities to support CARE Act programs are directed by HAB’s Division of Training and Technical Assistance (DTTA). They include on-site TA, written TA products (e.g., manuals, reports), and special initiatives (e.g., conferences, conference calls). TA is delivered through the following channels:
On-site TA is provided by peers (individuals who currently work in CARE Act-funded programs or are members of planning bodies) and other professional consultants. The nature of the TA request determines the type of consultant. The TAC maintains a roster of consultants to work directly with grantees. Timelines and benchmarks are used to monitor each on-site TA project.
TA products available to grantees/planning bodies include manuals/TA guides, conference calls and follow-up call reports, and special projects. TA product ideas are identified through ongoing feedback (e.g., national conference evaluations, project officer input, evaluation of on-site TA). The TAC develops TA products with input from HRSA/HAB staff, grantee representatives, PLWH, and consultants.
HAB evaluates TA against measurable outcomes and objectives. Evaluation examines grantee satisfaction with the TA and systems change that occurs because of the TA. Evaluation is conducted during and immediately after the delivery of TA and approximately six months after it has concluded. This includes written and telephone-interview follow up.
To obtain more information about TA, contact your HAB project officer or call DTTA at 301-443-9091. TA products can be accessed from the TA Library. You can also order copies of HRSA/HAB documents by calling the HRSA Information Center at 888-ASK-HRSA.