ANNUAL REPORT 2014
SOUTHERN TIER AIDS PROGRAM 22 RIVERSIDE DRIVE BINGHAMTON, NY 13905 (607) 798-1706
LETTER FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
2014 was a whirlwind. It was a year of focused and carefully orchestrated chaos. In February, we moved into our new offices at 22 Riverside Drive. By May, Prevention Services was moving into their newly renovated space at 275-277 Main Street in Johnson City, and as the year ended, we were looking for a larger office in Ithaca, having outgrown the space we currently occupy.
At the state level, there are major changes
We were very excited to learn that STAP
being made in the way healthcare is
was one of ten recipients statewide and
delivered. These changes have created many
one of only three in upstate New York to
new opportunities for STAP. The growth of
receive a $400,000 Medicaid Health Homes
our non-HIV services this year has led us to
Supportive Housing Grant. We are pleased
create a legal Doing Business As (DBA) entity
that the crucial link between stable housing
called Southern Tier Care Coordination,
and health has been recognized and has had
or STCC. This DBA will allow us to share
resources allocated accordingly.
the quality services that STAP has always delivered to People Living with HIV/AIDS to those living with other chronic illnesses. We remain staunchly committed to assuring that health systems are responsive to the needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, including youth, communities of color, injection drug users, substance users, formerly incarcerated people, and people with chronic illness living in poverty. We understand that who you are effects your ability to remain healthy and we want to change that reality for the better. The mandate to reduce Medicaid expenditures cannot be realized until quality health care is available to everyone.
The governor revealed his Plan To End AIDS this year. While we have no cure or vaccine, the number of new infections continues its downward year over year trend. When the statewide number drops below 750 new infections annually from its current level of just under 4,000 annually, HIV will no longer be considered an epidemic. Thank you for your continued support, whether that be with donations or time. The unflagging support of the communities we serve has brought us to this good place and will continue to sustain us.
FINANCIAL REPORT GRANTS AND PROGRAM SERVICE REVENUE REVENUE & PUBLIC SUPPORT
NYS AIDS Institute
Ryan White Title II
Center for Disease Control 50%
NYS AIDS Institute
24% Comprehensive Medicaid Management
Housing Opportunities/People with AIDS Broome County Mental Health Comprehensive Medicaid Case Management
Donations & Fundraising
Other Grants or Revenue
Other Grants or Revenue
Ryan White Title II
Housing Opportunities/People with AIDS
Broome County Mental Health
Center for Disease Control
44,699 166,694 101,760 1,082,361 199,160 4,025,456
Public Support Donations and Fundraising
Total Support and Revenue
PROGRAM AND SUPPORT SERVICES 81% 13%
Program Services Management & Central
Volunteer and Other Services
Direct Financial Assistance to Clients
Development 234,613 Total Expenses
MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Christopher Waters, Angelo Fiori,
Andrea Vaioli, Tina Chronopoulos (on
Jamie Cornell (Vice President), Anthony
Larry Bailey (Secretary), Jerry
iPad), Logan Robinson, Marsha Stock,
Fiala, Jr. (Treasurer), Joyce Allen, Melissa
Halbert (President), Scott Rosman
Klinko, Jorge Masdeu
CLIENT SERVICES Medical Health Homes
Health Homes Housing Pilot
One large area of expansion for the agency
Behavioral Health Education Initiative
in 2014 was within the Health Homes care
This new program provides individual
York State Medicaid Redesign Plan. It is a
management program. This program is part of the New York State Medicaid Redesign Plan and expanded the number of individuals who were eligible to receive Medicaid care management services in New York State. STAP is providing care these services under the DBA designation Southern Tier Care Coordination (STCC). The program serves individuals living with a variety of chronic conditions in the eight county service area with comprehensive care management and care coordination services. Another component of this program is locating eligible individuals to inform them about service. During 2014, STCC staff served over 500 clients with Health Homes care management services and conducted outreach to attempt to locate over 2000 eligible members.
and group educational services to eligible individuals who might benefit from behavioral health services. Behavioral health is an umbrella term that is generally used to refer to both mental health and substance use services. This program is called Bridges to Wellness and serves Persons Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) who are not currently receiving behavioral health services and have barriers to accessing care. The staff will accompany clients to their first three appointments, as part of the programs promotion of retention in care goals. The program has been conducting outreach to behavioral health providers throughout the region in order to promote program services and establish an expanded referral network. Staff members also successfully completed almost twenty intakes in the first six months, and have made several successful referrals for individuals into care.
This new program is also part of the New two year grant which is designed to serve Medicaid eligible individuals who are homeless or unstably housed throughout the service region. The program operates under a â€œhousing firstâ€? model, whereby staff focus first on housing clients and then work on accessing additional services. The program also offers clients educational services related to chronic disease management and nutrition, as well as a small nutrition subsidy. The intensive services of this program are delivered in consultation with the assigned lead Health Home agencies for each client, so as to ensure that they are served in a comprehensive manner by the entire care team.
PREVENTION SERVICES care provider, as well as providing rapid
The Prevention Services department does essential work to prevent HIV in the Southern Tier.
Harm Reduction Services
They conduct outreach, provide rapid testing
are in the process of recruiting a peer to
services, refer clients to support services,
serve the community. The SEP has also been
and seek to educate individuals and the
awarded additional funds starting in Jan
Testing is available several afternoons weekly
community about HIV, Hepatitis C, and other
2015 to provide enhanced services to young
at the new Johnson City location on Main
Sexually Transmitted Infections.
injection drug users (YIDU). A component of
Street, and during evening hours at the M4
this funding provides short-term prevention
Project space downtown.
Many programs in the department use peers to recruit, assist with service delivery, and gather input on program design.
The Syringe Exchange Program (SEP) received additional funds in mid-2014 to conduct a needs assessment for syringe access services in Chemung County and the staff
care management. This will assist YIDU in accessing preventative care, enrolling in insurance, and establishing with a primary
testing and educational services.
Testing Access Access to testing services was expanded this year, particularly high visibility walk-in testing services.
CAN’T STOP NOW THE SNOW POURED DOWN BUT IT DIDN’T SLOW US DOWN
03.08 Singing with the Stars STAP partnered with the Tri-Cities Opera on March 8 for a unique joint fundraiser. Singing with the Stars (think “Dancing with the Stars” on steroids) was held at the opera house. We had a great time working with our friends from the opera and together we raised over $6,000.
CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION
ROCK STAR CELEBRITY BARTENDING BASH
On February 7, we held our 30th Anniversary
The snow poured down on us but it didn’t
Cause for Celebration Gala at the Binghamton
slow down the annual Rock Star Celebrity
Club. The event was sold out. WBNG
Bartending Bash on March 30 when local
TV-12 and the Tompkins County Amateur
celebrity bartenders competed for the
Radio Association were recognized as our
coveted top bartender prize. Over $11,700
Outstanding Community Partners. Diane
was raised. Shane Rosenthal from Amici
L. Brown and Paul D. Rushanski were each
Pub & Pizzeria & STAP board member, Chris
recognized with the prestigious quinquennial
Waters, won bragging rights as top bartenders
IT’LL GET TOUGH OUR FIRST EVER HARDCORE OUTDOOR OBSTACLE COURSE
04.13 MUD GAUNTLET The Mud Gauntlet was Broome Countyâ€™s first ever hardcore outdoor obstacle course. The event attracted a wide variety of participants, from corporate local teams, to families, to extreme sports enthusiasts who traveled to our area for the event. The weather was unseasonably warm and nearly 400 participated in the inaugural event. Over $43,000 was raised!
06.08 SUPER STAR BARTENDER BASH ON THE LAKE A sunny day on beautiful Cayuga Lake June 8 at the Fabulous Boatyard Grill was the scene of our 2014 Ithaca Bartender Bash! Our Bartender Bash is a friendly, amateur bartending competition between local celebrities, business people and community do-gooders. Twelve Super Star Bartenders raised over $5,000 in tips and raffles for STAP!
07.12 DOGGONE FUN ON THE RUN Over 130 dogs gathered together at Otsiningo Park on July 12 for the annual Doggone Fun on the Run. It was a beautiful, sunny day and our four-legged supporters really came through for us. Over $18,000 was raised!
RIDE IT OUT THE WEATHER WAS STORMY BUT OUR MOTTO IS “FUN IS MANDATORY”
09.13 AIDS RIDE FOR LIFE ARFL cyclists and volunteers are like mailmen. On September 13, even through a torrential rainstorm, they still delivered a well-attended and successful 2014 event! Yes, the weather was stormy but our Ride motto is “Fun is Mandatory” and in the end, 399 registered Riders, 20 event sponsors and over 300 volunteers contributed to one of our best years ever! $258,652 was raised for our programs and services!
12.07 HAIR WARZ On December 7, STAP held the 4th annual Hair Warz event at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Hair Warz is a fantasy hair competition that had ten local salons developing creative, over-the-top hair and make-up reflecting the theme of their choice. We sold out over 850 available seats, raising a record-breaking
On October 11, Southern Tier CrossFit, Bikram Yoga Binghamton, Confluence Running , and Galaxy Brewery partnered with STAP to bring this unique event to downtown Binghamton. Participants ran 1 mile, then completed in a
$24,000! 1st Place: Aria on the Avenue 2nd Place: Patty Ann’s Hair Design 3rd Place: Patrick J. Cleary Designs
15 minute CrossFit workout, then on to a 15 minute Bikram Yoga session and then capped
Ozi Award: Patrick J. Cleary Designs
it off with a celebratory cold beer. This was a
People’s Choice: Patrick J Cleary Designs
fun day for all and raised over $2,000 for STAP.
Salon’s Choice: Patrick J. Cleary Designs
VOLUNTEERS OF STAP In 2014, the Volunteers of STAP were so busy that the year went by in a flash! There were 457 volunteers that dedicated 10,552 hours of their time. This amazing amount has a value of $279,100. There were 64 new people that joined our volunteer team. We were fortunate to have 23 Interns from five universities help us with our programing. STAP wants to thank all of you that have participated by volunteering, interning, or running our events.
MY NAME IS LYNN My name is Lynn. I was diagnosed with HIV in 2008. I was infected by my husband who passed away from AIDS. When I found out I had HIV, I felt lost, scared and like an outsider. I lived in a small town. I didn’t know if there was anyone or a place that could help me deal and help me stay healthy to live a long time, then I heard of STAP. It is a place that deals with HIV and a place where I didn’t feel alone. The people there were kind and supportive and it’s like a family. Now, I do a lot of things at STAP such as going to the education classes, support group and the Friend’s Dinner. All I can say is that STAP is a wonder sent from above. No judgment and lots of caring people from the staff.