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Metropolitan Charities, Inc.

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Metropolitan Charities, Inc.
3170 3rd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 321-3854 (Phone)
(727) 327-7670 (Fax)

Metropolitan Charities was formed in 1984 to provide a variety of needed services to the HIV/AIDS community of Tampa Bay. Today, Metro is the largest provider of HIV/AIDS services in West Central Florida and among the largest in the state, serving approximately 3,000 clients at any one time.

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Community Re-entry Health Improvement Program
Tonicia Freeman
(727) 321-3854 (Phone)
(727) 327-7670 (Fax)


The purpose of the Community Re-entry Health Improvement Program is to (1) coordinate linkage between discharge planning and direct provision of HIV and re-entry services for the target population, where such services are lacking throughout the state of Florida, and (2) use an array of best practices, provide/monitor culturally and linguistically-competent direct services for re-entry transition, and on-going prevention, case-management, mental health/behavioral, and substance abuse services and referral for a full array of community supports in Florida’s Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. It is specifically intended to address the provision of services to ex-offenders living with HIV/AIDS. The target population includes non-white, African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino Floridians who are about to be or who have been released from jail or prison and who have tested positive for HIV/AIDS. They plan to implement the following strategies/practices or interventions: identify HIV+ minority inmates to receive discharge planning, case management, create discharge plan, link client with services concerning health maintenance and stability, including housing assistance, substance abuse outpatient treatment, mental health services, etc. The expected outcomes are:

  1. Statewide, 80 percent of HIV+ (non-AIDS) ex-offenders receiving services coordinated by project will experience a decrease in viral load and an increase in CD4 counts,
  2. 60 percent of participants with full-blown AIDS will be alive at the conclusion of three years,
  3. 90 percent of HIV+ racial and ethnic minority ex-offenders who participate in project will report satisfaction with health care linkage services.

Performance measures include coordinating linkage services for 400 inmates soon to be released from the state prison system, making post-release services available to 100 percent of recently discharged inmates, etc. To evaluate the program, Metropolitan Charities will conduct an evaluation incorporating quantitative and qualitative data collection, including a needs assessment form and satisfaction survey. The project’s results will most directly contribute to the following

OMH objective(s) towards which the project’s results most contribute:

  • Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems
  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health & other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)

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