Ready to Respond

R eady to Respond is a five-year initiative to reduce the HIV/AIDS infection rate in at-risk minority communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDs by combining substance abuse and HIV prevention services. CRC is using Ready to Respond to provide HIV/AIDS, substance abuse prevention and mental health services to at-risk minority adults, especially in those over 50 years old, who are also high risk for depression, substance abuse and medication misuse. Services include:

  • Extensive community outreach and mobilization with faith- and community-based stakeholders.
  • Evidence-based four-week intervention group to address medication misuse, depression, substance abuse and sexual relationships for older adults (Get Connected).
  • Evidenced-based four-week intervention using peer advocates to provide information, assessments and referrals relating to mental health, substance abuse, primary health care, and HIV for older adults in the faith community (Jacksonville Community Promise).
  • HIV Rapid testing and counseling.
  • Assessments and referrals for participants who need supportive services, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, primary health care, and supportive job, vocational, education and other economic assistance.

Granted to CRC in 2010, Ready to Respond is funded by the Center for Substance Abuse and Prevention and The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.