Dedicated to meeting the needs of persons infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the thirteen Northwest Counties of Illinois. 

The thirteen counties served are:

• Boone • Bureau • Carroll • DeKalb • Henry •  JoDaviess •   
• Lee • Mercer • Ogle • Rock Island • Stephenson • Whiteside • Winnebago •

WHAT IS THE Northwest Illinois Care Connect?
The HIV Care Connect was created by and administered by the Winnebago County Health Department. The program is funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health, originally through the Ryan White CARE Act of 1990, and now through the Ryan White Treatment Modernization Act. The program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and their families.
Any resident of the thirteen county service area with a verified HIV+ status can receive assistance from theRyan White Part B program and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program (HOPWA). Eligibility for services is based upon health and financial criteria. There are no fees to eligible persons for Part B or HOPWA services.
Case Management Services –
A range of client-centered services that link individuals with health care and other needed services. 
Emergency Financial Assistance – 
The provision of short-term payments to utility providers to assist with emergency expenses related to essential utilities.
Food Bank / Home-Delivered Meals – 
The provision of supplemental nutritional support including home delivered meals to eligible individuals, and nutritional supplements.
Housing Services – 
The provision of short-term rental or mortgage assistance to an eligible individual to support his/her housing which enables that individual or family to gain or maintain medical care. 
Legal Services – 
The provision of service to individuals with respect to powers of attorney, do-not-resuscitate orders, and interventions necessary to ensure access to eligible benefits. 
Medical Transportation Services – 
Transportation provided to a client so that he/she may access health care services.
Mental Health Services – 
The psychological and psychiatric treatment and counseling services offered to individuals with a diagnosed mental illness, conducted in a group or individual setting. 
Outpatient /Ambulatory Medical Care –
The professional diagnostic and therapeutic services rendered by a physician, physician’s assistant, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse practitioner in an outpatient setting. Primary medical care for the treatment of HIV infection includes the provision of care that is consistent with the Public Health Service’s guidelines. 
Oral Health Care – 
The diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic services provided by general dental practitioners. 
Psychosocial Support Service – 
The provision of support and counseling activities, child abuse and neglect counseling, HIV support groups, pastoral care, caregiver support, and bereavement counseling. 
Rehabilitation Services –
Services which include physical and occupational therapy, speech pathology, and low-vision training provided by a licensed or authorized professional in accordance with an individualized plan of care.
Substance Abuse Services Outpatient – 
The provision of medical or other treatment and/or counseling to address substance abuse problems (i.e., alcohol and/or legal and illegal drugs) in an outpatient setting.
AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) – 
A State of Illinois administered program that provides FDA-approved medications to low-income individuals with HIV disease who have limited or no coverage from private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare. 
Continuation of Health Insurance Coverage (CHIC) –
A State of Illinois administered program that provides financial assistance for eligible individuals living with HIV to maintain a continuity of health insurance or to receive medical benefits under a health insurance program. 
Mailing Address:
401 Division Street
PO Box 4009
Rockford, IL 61110-0509

815-720-4301 (fax)


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