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Causes: AIDS, Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Desert AIDS Project has earned a national reputation as one of the most comprehensive AIDS service providers. We are one of only a handful of AIDS agencies operating an on-site medical clinic, a full range of client support services, and a comprehensive HIV education and prevention program, including anonymous HIV testing. Desert AIDS Project provides the opportunity for improved community health and responsible well-being through our framework of services, advocacy, and education.

Target demographics: low-income HIV positive individuals

Geographic areas served: Riverside County, San Bernardino County

Programs: Medical servicesexpenses: $ 9,968,524d. A. P. Provides outpatient primary medical care and hiv-specialty medical care, pharmaceutical assistance and medication education to primarily low income, un- or under-insured people living with or at-risk for hiv and aids. During the fiscal year, d. A. P. Operated two medical clinics with unique scopes of work. The medical clinic in palm springs, certified as a patient-centered medical home, is co-located with 16 other programs providing clients with convenient access to a comprehensive continuum of care. We accept clients with various insurance plans, including public assistance, medi-cal, medicare and county low-income insurance plans, for the uninsured, services are provided at no cost, minimal co-pay, or on a sliding scale depending on individual client income eligibility. The organization participates in the 340b drug pricing program administered by the u. S. Department of health and human services administration office of pharmacy affairs as an eligible-covered entity and utilizes contracted pharmacies for pharmacy services and the dispensing of 340b purchased drugs. The purpose of the program is to enable eligible-covered entities to stretch scarce resources by allowing savings on medications to be reallocated elsewhere for patient care, reach more eligible patients and provide more comprehensive services. Additionally, funds are raised to offer free care to those who qualify. An extensive patient assistance program has been implemented to assist clients in obtaining necessary lab tests and prescriptions at a reasonable cost. An electronic health record enhances patient care. We serve over 1,300 unique patients each year with medical services.

revivals - re-sale storesexpenses: $ 3,632,954 revenue: $ 5,678,244desert aids project (d. A. P. ) as of june 30, 2014, operates four revivals re-sale stores which generated a net excess of $ 883,900 to supplement the funding of client services. Contributions of clothing, furniture, appliances and other items are received from individuals and companies throughout the coachella valley and san diego. A limited amount of new furniture, mattresses and other items, along with consignment items are also available for sale. Over 300 volunteers donate their time to operate the thrift stores increasing the net available for client services including low or no cost medical care, mental health counseling, hiv education and testing, food, medical transportation and housing assistance and related overhead costs. The net excess allows d. A. P. To provide services to primarily low-income clients, most of whom reside in eastern riverside county.

testing, education and preventionexpenses: $ 1,363,807hiv/std education presentations and information on prevention, treatment and services are provided throughout riverside and san bernardino counties to an estimated 6,000 children and adults each year. D. A. P. Routinely provides free and confidential hiv testing five days a week, including saturdays, at locations selected for their access to high-risk populations. Free testing is also conducted at community events. Results are available within 20 minutes and hiv-infected individuals receive an immediate linkage to coordinated care and services by way of our early intervention services team. We conduct over 2,000 free hiv tests annually. D. A. P. Also prominently participates in advocacy efforts throughout the southern california region to raise awareness about hiv/aids and conducts educational marketing campaigns throughout the year through tools including print, radio, television, internet and social media. During the current fiscal year, d. A. P. Led the development of a public/private collaboration with desert regional medical center as the lead sponsor called get tested coachella valley. Get tested coachella valley is a region-wide public health campaign dedicated to dramatically reducing hiv by making hiv testing standard and routine medical practice and ensuring linkage to care. If everyone in the coachella valley gets tested and if everyone who tests positive receives treatment we can launch the beginning of the end for the spread of hiv in our community.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They are terrible they make you sign documents for then to get funding to provide services to you but instead THEY FIND WAYS TO SUSPEND YOU FROM SUCH SERVICE LIKE I HAVE MISSED A DENTAL APPOINTMENT. 3 DAYS LATER RECEIVED A LETTER SAYING THAT I WAS SUSPENDED FROM SERVICE FOR ONE YEAR AND ALL BECAUSE I MISSED ONE APPOINTMENT IS CRAZY ....DAP is a joke! They need to be investigated in a big way, especially that DAMN revivals bull , now a regular retail furniture outlet. They have too many stores they have no idea how to run them they are supposed to be a support for people with HIV and AIDS which is a total joke, they rake in so much cash and I would like... Read more

Review from Guidestar


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I've worked here for over a year and to date have had no annual review; there are numerous problems with this agency which have caused me to give my resignation. All of the "directors" should be let go and an entire new leadership brought in. The current leadership is more focused on media/public image than they are on the fundamentals of care for the clients or the rest of their employees. This is the worst place I have ever worked and the only way for it to get better is to totally revamp it with the focus on the clients, better treatment of the employees and a more balanced pay system. The Executive Director's salary is literally 10 times that of mine, and last year rather than taking a pay cut himself he laid people off.

Review from Guidestar