The Austin Transitional Grant Area (TGA) consists of Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, and Caldwell counties. The Unit distributes public notices to solicit responses from service providers to Requests for Applications (RFAs), and also offers Technical Assistance regarding the RFAs. Review panels then evaluate applications. HRAU staff then serve as contract managers for service agreements with approved provider agencies of the HIV client programs funded through the RFAs.
The Austin TGA offers a coordinated service delivery system for persons living with HIV/AIDS in the Austin area in order to meet their primary medical care and related needs throughout all stages of illness. The services are provided at little or no cost to clients. Primary prevention services such as health education and outreach activities are offered to target populations.
The Quality and Performance Review section oversees activities related to the quality management plan, assessing program outcomes, developing standards of care, implementing clinical chart reviews, and measuring client satisfaction. The Data Manager ensures data integrity by analyzing data and developing reports based on the federally mandated client level data collection system. In collaboration with case management contractors, the unit provides funds for transportation services for eligible clients. Transportation services include taxi, van, public transit, and gas vouchers.
HRAU sponsors and maintains a website that contains news and information about local testing and other community resources for people living with HIV/AIDS: http://www.austintexas.gov/austinhiv/.