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JRI Health, a division of JRI, has been providing services to individuals living with and at risk for HIV since 1990. The mission of JRI Health is to partner with individuals and communities to achieve the health and justice we all deserve.
In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, JRI Health was founded and began its work by developing supported housing programs for people living with HIV. Since that time JRI Health has become the largest provider of HIV housing in New England, administering both congregate and scattered site housing programs. In Greater Boston, JRI Health provides housing services to nearly 300 individuals while also administering a statewide subsidy program for an additional 200 people with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) throughout the state. In addition to housing, JRI Health also provides the following services to PLWHA: legal services, housing search and advocacy, medical case management, peer support, and a Community Health Worker program that provides intensive home-based support including directly observed therapy and patient navigation.
JRI Health works to prevent the spread of HIV through its prevention services which include HIV/STI counseling and testing, along with a drop-in center for LGBTQ youth (Boston GLASS) where members can access behavioral health services, mentoring, support groups, educational programs, housing advocacy, risk reduction education and social support. Between its HIV prevention and support services, JRI Health serves more than 2500 people annually.
JRI Health has been the state's primary provider of training and capacity building services for organizations funded to deliver HIV prevention and support services. JRI Health designs and implements skills-based, core competency trainings for providers throughout the state along with organizational development services including strategic planning, team building, visioning and restructuring.
Like JRI, JRI Health has also absorbed smaller, free-standing programs that could not withstand economic pressures. In the past five years JRI Health has absorbed a portion of Health Awareness Services, an HIV prevention and support organization previously based in Worcester MA. In addition, in 2012 the PACT Program merged into JRI Health as well and now serves as the agency's growing Community Health Worker program. JRI Health has also evolved to expand its service model to other non-HIV populations such as supported housing for high-risk youth, adults with mental illness as well as community health worker services for people mono-infected with hepatitis C.