Who We Are, What We Do
Michigan's HIV and STD programs and services have their roots in two Michigan Department of Health and Human Services divisions: the Division of HIV & STD Programs and the Division of Communicable Diseases.
The Division of HIV & STD Programs (DHSP) focuses its efforts on the prevention, care and treatment of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and administers the Ryan White HIV/Aids Program within Michigan. It is part of the MDHHS Bureau of Health and Wellness.
The Division of Communicable Diseases (DCD) provides support and consultation to local health departments and other healthcare professionals; collects, analyzes and shares data on communicable diseases; develops programs and strategies to control communicable diseases; engages in special studies related to the control of communicable diseases; and acts as a liaison with Centers for Disease Prevention and Control on communicable diseases-related issues. It is part of the MDHHS Bureau of Population Health and Epidemiology.
Read on to learn more about the responsibilities of each of our offices. Contact information for individual staffers can be found on our Contact Us page.
Division of HIV & STD Programs
Operations Monitoring Unit
The Operations Monitoring Unit (Operations) is responsible for maintaining consistency across programs in the interpretation and application of State and Federal rules and regulations. Operations utilizes best practices aimed at delivering effective and efficient fiscal management and grants/contract services in fulfilling this responsibility. Its specific areas of support include: providing technical assistance to program managers and sub-recipients regarding budgets, expenditures, funding projections, and policy interpretation; serving as liaison between internal central offices and sub-recipients; and ensuring pre-award and post-award grant and contract compliance. The Unit reports directly to the DHSP.
Division of HIV & STD Programs
HIV Care & Prevention Section (HCP)
HCP provides leadership and oversight for the following programs:
- Michigan AIDS Drug Assistance Program
- Continuum of Care
- HIV Prevention
- Quality Assurance and Training
Michigan Drug Assistance Program (MIDAP) Unit (HCP)
The MIDAP Unit is responsible for three separate programs:
- The Michigan Drug Assistance Program (MIDAP) exists to ensure that Persons Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Michigan who are otherwise underserved have access to HIV care, treatment and medications. MIDAP provides access to FDA-approved medications for low-income and uninsured Michigan residents, including temporary medication access for enrollees who may be transitioning between other third-party payers.
- The Premium Assistance Program (PA) is designed to help PLWHA in Michigan who have access to health insurance (Affordable Care Act/Qualified Health Plans through the Marketplace, Medicare Part C (Advantage Plans), Medicare Part D, or a COBRA plan) to obtain or maintain coverage. To apply for Premium Assistance, a client must first be eligible, approved and active with MIDAP.
- The Insurance Assistance Program (IAP), funded through Medicaid, is designed to cover premium costs for PLWHA in Michigan that are too ill to work in their current job or will be too ill to work within the next three months. Clients typically have Medicare Supplemental, an individual plan, Marketplace, or COBRA insurance coverage. Clients are not eligible for this program if they are eligible for employer-sponsored insurance.
Continuum of Care (COC) Unit (HCP)
The mission of the HIV Continuum of Care Unit (CoC) is to promote, implement, and facilitate health care & support services to improve equity in health outcomes for low income, underinsured, and uninsured people living with HIV (PLWH) in Michigan. The CoC Unit provides oversight, monitoring, and technical assistance to sub-recipients on the development, implementation, and improvement of Ryan White programming; as well as, technical assistance on the legislative, administrative, and fiscal requirements for Ryan White Services.
HIV Prevention, Intervention and Evaluation (PIE) Unit (HCP)
The PIE Unit focuses on HIV prevention activities, including: HIV testing, linking individuals who test positive for HIV to medical care, alerting individuals who may have been exposed to HIV via Partner Services, helping individuals remain HIV negative, and offering training and certification to HIV test counselors and Partner Services staff throughout Michigan. PIE activities are centered around decreasing the overall number of new HIV infections, working to suppress overall viral loads, and improving the lives of all Michigan residents.
Quality Assurance and Training (QAT) Unit (HCP)
The QAT Unit is represented by various teams. The training team conducts HIV care and prevention training for direct service providers at MDHHS-funded HIV care organizations, health systems, and local health departments. This area houses the CAREWare data system that contains client-level HIV care data and the quality management operations for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program care programming. The unit also supports HIV and STD program accreditation of local health departments.
Division of HIV & STD Programs
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Section
The STDs Section provides case management and investigation for gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, lymphogranuloma venereum, hepatitis ABC, and HIV that result in excessive morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs, particularly among women, adolescents, and newborns. The Section's goals include:
- prompt reporting of cases;
- provision of screening and treatment services for Michigan's citizens;
- application of interviewing and case-finding activities to reduce complications and intervene in the spread of disease;
- linking newly diagnosed HIV-positive persons to care; and
- referring HIV-negative persons at greater risk for HIV to PrEP services to reduce the transmission of HIV.
Division of Communicable Disease
HIV & STD Surveillance & Epidemiology (HSSE) Section
The MDHHS HIV & STD Surveillance & Epidemiology Section manages case reports and laboratory reports of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), ensuring the secure storage of case information and producing regular data reports for public use. The section works out of the MDHHS Division of Communicable Disease, which is part of the MDHHS Bureau of Population Health and Epidemiology.