The CARE Council shall be a collaborative and balanced body of HIV infected and affected individuals, service providers, community leaders and interested individuals whose responsibilities shall be to plan, develop, monitor, evaluate and advocate for a medical and support services system for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.
The CARE Council shall:
(A) Develop a comprehensive plan for the entity and delivery of health services described in the Ryan White CARE Act, as it may be amended (hereinafter referred to as the Ryan White Act) that is compatible with any existing State or local plan regarding the provision of health services to individuals with HIV disease.
(B) Establish priorities for the allocation of Ryan White Act Part A and Ryan White Part B funds, State of Florida 4B General Revenue and Patient Care Network, and other appropriate funds within Palm Beach County, including how best to meet each such priority and additional factors that the grantees or Lead Agency shall consider based on:
- Documented needs of the HIV infected population;
- Cost and outcome effectiveness of proposed service strategies and interventions, to the extent that such data are reasonably available (either demonstrated or probable);
- Priorities of the HIV infected communities for whom the services are intended; and
- Availability of other governmental and non-governmental resources.
(C) Assess the efficiency of the administrative mechanism in rapidly allocating funds to the areas of greatest need within the eligible area. Establish a grievance procedure to address grievances filed against the CARE Council. Develop model consumer grievance procedures which may be implemented at the discretion of the CARE Council to address grievances filed against providers of HIV/AIDS services; assess the effectiveness, either directly or through contractual arrangements, of the services offered in meeting the identified needs.
(D) Participate in the development of a Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need initiated by the State Public Health Agency responsible for administering grants under Ryan White Part B of the Ryan White Act.
(E) Establish methods for obtaining input on community needs and priorities which may include public meeting, conducting focus groups, and convening Ad hoc panels.
(F) Coordinate service provision and planning outcomes with the designated Lead Agencies for the administration of Ryan White Part B funds and State of Florida 4B General Revenue and Patient Care Network.
(G) Work with community members and other planning bodies to ensure a coordinated system of care.
(H) Maintain diversity and inclusion reflective of the epidemic in Palm Beach County in the CARE Council membership.
(I) Perform such other duties as the CARE Council may, from time to time, deem appropriate and /or necessary.
- A community where individuals who live with HIV/AIDS do so without prejudice, abandonment, or social stigma.
- A community where people living with HIV/AIDS are afforded a comprehensive range of medical and support services assuring the person's wellness, independence, and self sufficiency.
- A community where HIV medical and support services are eligibility accessed based upon need, and approved CARE Council guidelines.