Who We Are

For over two decades, the Osborne Association’s Wellness and Prevention (originally Community-based Prevention Services) has provided HIV services to those at risk of infectious disease and individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  Created in 2001 as a response to the HIV epidemic, the program serves over 300 individuals annually and is located at Osborne’s Bronx site, an area with one of the highest incidence rates of HIV, hepatitis and other chronic conditions in New York City.

Through client-centered interventions, individuals increase their awareness and knowledge of disease management, risk behaviors and healthy lifestyles. Structured group and individual activities assist participants in developing skills to avoid high risk behaviors and develop various harm reduction approaches including safer sex practices.

 

What We Offer

Living Well is a drug treatment program licensed by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and is developed exclusively to service HIV/AIDS individuals with services, which include:

  • Relapse prevention
  • Coping skills
  • Anger management
  • Health education group sessions

Housing Placement and Assistance (HPA) services provide independent, supportive and transitional housing placement.  HPA issues Home Start-Up Kits and Rental Assistance and offers housing retention activities for participants for 12 months.

Safety Counts is an Effective Behavioral Intervention (EBI) proven to be successful in reducing high risk sex and drug use behaviors among injecting and non-injecting drug users. Through structured group and individuals activities, the intervention assists participants in developing individualized risk reduction goals and specific steps to achieve them. In partnership with Project Street Beat, Safety Counts promotes on-site HIV/HCV testing. We offer services for individuals with a current or recent history of drug use, as well as for their partners. The intervention program is now offered to women as well as people living with HIV/AIDS in Spanish and English.

Independent Living Skills is sponsored by the AIDS Institute and offers groups and counseling on how to obtain and maintain housing with Learning Independence through Education workshops (LITE). Some of the topics include:

  • Mock interviews
  • How to properly fill out housing applications
  • Budgeting on fixed incomes
  • Nutritional eating
  • How to interpret medical lab reports

Prison Based Services: We offer HIV prevention services to incarcerated individuals in the form of peer education in four facilities throughout New York State: Sing Sing, Greenhaven, Fishkill and Downstate Correctional Facilities. The program incorporates HIV testing and discharge planning. As part of the Postive Pathways program, we also offer reentry services for newly diagnosed individuals, or individuals who do not disclose their HIV status, and work with them prior to release.

Other services include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Toxicology screening
  • Activities that lead individuals to obtain and maintain abstinence from illicit substance use

 

Contact Us

For more information about Wellness and Prevention as well as general inquiries, call us at 718-707-2600.  Or email us at info@osborneny.org