Special Population Support Program

The Special Population Support Program (SPSP) is administered in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Division of HIV/STD.

The program is designed to deliver two distinct complementary services: disease prevention and supportive care.

HIV positive clients who also suffer from drug abuse or mental health problems are referred to program support specialists who see them on a bi-monthly basis.  Clients with addictions may be offered support services including placement in detoxification and rehabilitation, and monitoring until they leave the program.

HIV positive clients not diagnosed chemical dependency or mental health issues are referred to HIV Care Coordination alone.

Testing sites include drug treatment centers, jails and correctional facilities, sanctioned by the Department of Mental Health and Addictions (DMHA).

SPSP employs certified HIV testing counselors who have been trained to perform comprehensive risk assessments, pre-test counseling, testing, post-test counseling, and targeted outreach with the substance using population.

SPSP Certified Counselors who perform intensive outreach activities with known substance-using individuals in traditional and non-traditional settings, providing them with free education, prevention skills, testing and referral information.  They also provide education to high-risk groups regarding the role of substance use as a factor for HIV infection.

Group Education

Testing Counselors identify small and large groups containing individuals at risk for HIV infection and substance abuse. Such groups are provided education regarding the behaviors that place persons at risk for infection and taught strategies to lower such risk. Educational group presentations are designed to elicit the greatest number of test while incorporating harm-reduction and behavior change concepts.  Presentations and tests are provided free of charge to all participants.

Testing Services

Testing that is made available through this program includes blood tests for HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis C, and urine sample tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Trichomoniasis.  Test results are provided by the Indiana State Department of Health and the Marion County Public Health Department Labs at least five 5 business days after the actual test.