The Community Linkage Adherence Support Services (CLASS) Program is funded through grants that are provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This program falls under the Minority AIDS Initiative: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High Risk for HIV/AIDS.
The program’s mission is for Black and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (trans) who are newly diagnosed with HIV to have access to, and be able to stay in, treatment as long as they need.
Eligible program participants include people who are newly diagnosed with HIV and those who were previously diagnosed with HIV but have dropped out of treatment (not seen by a medical provider for the treatment of HIV in more than 1 year) that are from the following demographics:
- Black men who have sex with men (BMSM)
- Latino men who have sex with men (LMSM)
- Transgender (trans) people, both male to female (MTF) and female to male (FTM)
- Show evidence of a substance use disorder (SUD) or have a co-occurring substance use and mental health disorder (COD)
- Reside in Fulton County, GA
- Be between the ages of 18-59
What Services are Offered?
The linkage program is a free service provided for all eligible participants which includes:
- Housing referrals
- Health services
- Referrals for treatment for substance use and/or mental health disorders
- Transportation accommodations
- Employment referrals
- Screenings for hepatitis
For further information, the program’s Social Service Navigators can assist anyone who is interested in obtaining more information or wants to enroll in the program.
CLASS Program Locations:
The CLASS Program is a partnership between the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities and the Board of Health. Walk-ins are welcome at the location below.