The Access Support Network is dedicated to meeting the needs of clients and providing prevention education for the community. We assist and empower clients in negotiating access to healthcare and obtaining resources to enhance the quality of life for them and their families.

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Services:

Benefits Counseling

Insurance and benefit programs such as SSI, SSDI, Medi-Cal, Medicare, CARE/HIPP, and private insurance programs can be confusing and daunting to those trying to utilize them. ASN's Benefits Counselors, Cathy Lewis and Elena Ramirez, helps our clients access the benefits to which they are entitled.

Health Counseling

For clients, family members and the public, current HIV and AIDS information is vital. Terry Comer, ASN's Health Counselor, provides current treatment information, is a link to the medical community for the agency and, for clients, is able to give referrals to physicians, discuss drug side effects and disease progression.

Housing Services

Finding suitable and stable housing for our clients is one of our highest priorities. ASN's Housing & Benefits Specialist, Elena Ramirez, advises clients, assists with housing searches, is the liaison with local housing programs (such as Section 8) and works with clients concerning utilities. The agency owns and operates 12 units of housing for HIV+ clients in San Luis Obispo. These rent subsidized units are specifically for low-income clients.

Financial Assistance

Assistance is available to ASN's HIV+ clients from the Ryan White CARE Act and Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS (HOPWA) funds for:

  • Counseling
  • Dental Care
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Transportation for out of county medical appointments
  • Health Insurance
  • Eye Care
  • Food Vouchers
  • Utility Assistance
  • Rental Assistance

Medi-Cal Waiver Program

With a Nurse Case Manager and Social Work Case Manager, ASN's Medi-Cal Waiver Program provides more intensive supportive services for a limited number HIV+ clients whose health status becomes more fragile.  The program's strength is more in-depth nursing evaluation and psycho-social support.  There are eligibility requirements for the program.

For clients, family members and the public, current HIV and AIDS information is vital. Terry Comer, ASN's Health Counselor, provides current treatment information, is a link to the medical community for the agency and, for clients, is able to give referrals to physicians, discuss drug side effects and disease progression.

Finding suitable and stable housing for our clients is one of our highest priorities. ASN's Housing & Benefits Specialist, Elena Ramirez, advises clients, assists with housing searches, is the liaison with local housing programs (such as Section 8) and works with clients concerning utilities. The agency owns and operates 12 units of housing for HIV+ clients in San Luis Obispo. These rent subsidized units are specifically for low-income clients.

Informational Forums

Several times a year, ASN provides informational forums for clients and interested community members. Topics include treatment issues, nutrition, psycho-social issues, benefits information, personal budgeting, etc.

For medical professionals who are interested in learning more about the events or an opportunity to speak please contact Terry Comer.

ASN Food Pantry

The AIDS Support Network operates its own Food Pantry, which supplies clients with canned goods, dry goods and toiletries.

Visit the Food Pantry page

 

Contact Information:

Website: www.asn.org

San Luis Obispo County Address:

1320 Nipomo Street

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 781-3660

 

Monterey County Address:

340 Church St.

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 975-5016

 

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 12158

San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

 

Toll Free: (800) 491-9141

Fax: (805) 781-3664