HIV Early Intervention
What is HEI? HEI stands for HIV Early Intervention. Its purpose is to serve those in need of recovery who have the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This is done from our offices in Lubbock and Amarillo.
The first concern is always to make sure clients are properly tested and diagnosed. Managed Care Center can arrange for testing through the Lubbock Public Health Department, the Community Health Center of Lubbock, the Amarillo Public Health Department, and other resources. Screening can include complete testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
The next step is to arrange treatment for clients through University Medical Center (Lubbock), BSA Health Systems (Amarillo), and other county hospitals designated to provide free or low cost care to those in need. Treatment includes regular visits with a physician and access to free or low cost medications
Third, our HEI specialists are aware of the mental health challenges that come with being HIV positive and arrange for counseling and support for clients emotionally impacted by the disease. In addition, we offer support groups or referrals to help combat that horrible sense of “being alone.”
Critical to the communities in Region 1 is HIV Education. Specialists work both with individuals and communities to raise awareness of what HIV is, how it is contracted, and most important of all, the safety measures that can be taken to avoid the disease – we call that “Harm Reduction.”
Managed Care Center receives referrals from University Medical Center, Covenant Health Systems, Lubbock Lighthouse, Starcare Specialty Health System, Lubbock County Detention Center, Potter/Randall Counties Detention Center, Methadone Clinics, the Lubbock County Parole and Probation Office, and the Potter/Randall County Parole and Probation Office. Its mission is quite simple to assist those in need.
In association with the South Plains Community Action Association, the HEI specialists support Project CHAMPS which is designated for funding to improve the quality, availability, and organization of health care and support services for individuals with HIV and their families. This action supports those with low or no incomes.