Hep C Care Coordination Toolkit for NYC Harm Reduction Programs

Providing Services in affiliation with the Injection Drug Users Health Alliance (IDUHA) www.IDUHA.org

Hep C Prevention Education

  • Hepatitis C Counseling Best Practices Manual – Harm Reduction Coalition. for practitioners/workers that will be providing needle exchange participants Hepatitis C testing and discussing risk reduction strategies. These are guidelines that assume a basic understanding of the Hepatitis C Virus and its medical consequences.
  • Viral Hepatitis 101 Training. NYC Health Department HIV Training & Technical Assistance Program (TTAP). Basic information; clinical features; prevention, screening, liver health management, medical care and existing community resources.
  • Getting Off Right Safety Manual. Harm Reduction Coalition.
  • Hepatitis C Harm Reduction Coalition brochure for people who use drugs and want more information about hepatitis C. The brochure explains: what hepatitis C is how it affects the liver how people get infected and pass hepatitis C to others things you can do to prevent or reduce the risk of infection…
  • Reduce the number of times of injection and avoid withdrawal by using opioid replacement therapies such as methadone or buprenorphine if needed. Call 1-800-LIFENET for a referral.

Setting Up a Referral for Hep C Testing

Providing Hep C Testing on Site

  • Hep C Rapid Test Training.  NYC Department of Health Training and Technical Assistance Program (T-TAP) catalog.
  • Hep C Rapid Test Kits. NY State Department of Health will provide free test kits for programs meeting eligibility requirements. Click here to learn more about the Hepatitis Rapid Testing Program
    • Hep C Rapid Testing Implementation Guide. (NYS Department of Health, March 2013)
  • Orasure Hep C Rapid Test manufacturer’s website provides training and support for programs and testers (Hep C: Test It. Find It. Fight It) www.TestHepC.com.
  • NYC Phlebotomy training programs listing: click here

Hep C Test Counseling Guidelines

Hep A & B Vaccination
Hep B Testing

  • NYC Hep A B & C Services Online Site Locator. Detailed information on hundreds of organizations that provide Vaccination, Testing, Supportive Services & Medical Care.
  • NYC Department of Health STD Clinics provide free Hep B Vaccination for people at risk.
  • African Services Committee has a grant to provide Hep B & C Testing and Hep B Vaccination free of charge for people at risk. Contact: Aaron Vanderhoff, Hepatitis Coordinator (aaronv@africanservices.org)  (212) 222-3882 x122.
  • Public Hospitals (HHC) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) are required to provide care regardless of ability to pay. To find Hepatitis clinics in these systems, see the online Site Locator.
    • Through HHC Options, low and moderate-income HHC patients can get affordable healthcare. HHC helps patients apply for public health insurance programs for which they may qualify. If a patient is not eligible for public insurance, we reduce the patient’s fee to an affordable amount, based on family size and income.

Linkage to Hep C Medical Care

Scheduling Hep C Related Medical Appointment

  • HHCAdvantage is an easy-to-use web-based application designed to link community-based physicians and HHC facilities.
  • Connecting clients to services through linkages and referrals: Instructions on how to develop a formal referral system.

Hep C Care & Treatment Education & Counseling

  • Centers for Disease Control: Hepatitis Information Center
  • Psychosocial Readiness Evaluation to Prepare for Hep C Treatment (PREP-C). Free Online Tool
  • HCV Advocate. Many easy to read fact sheets on Hep C care and treatment for health educators and patients.
  • NASTAD. Latest clinical updates and periodic live training.
  • Treatment Action Group. Treatment information.

Referral to Mental Health Services

  • 1-800-LIFENET. LifeNet can help you find the mental health, substance abuse or crisis prevention services you need. LifeNet Network of Care is a comprehensive online resource for individuals, families and agencies in need of help and information. 1-800-LIFENET is a free, confidential, multi-lingual, mental health and substance abuse information, referral, and crisis prevention hotline available to anyone at any time.  Your call will be answered by a trained behavioral health professional.
  • Hepatitis B & C Patient Support Group Listings. Support groups can help patients connect with others who can understand what you are going through as well as reach out to others in need of support.

Accompaniment to Hep C Medical Appointment

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