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Community Follow-up Program

The Community Follow-up Program (CFP or COBRA Program), is a New York Department of Health AIDS Institute initiative, begun in 1990, establishing family-centered, community-based psychosocial case management services for Medicaid-eligible HIV-infected or at-risk individuals throughout New York State.

The COBRA Program is Catholic Charities AIDS Services' core service. The COBRA Program utilizes a team model of service delivery, including home visitation, provided by case management teams who work to provide comprehensive, intensive services. The program is designed for HIV-positive (HIV+) persons with a variety of service needs, who often require frequent contact with care providers and have had difficulty gaining access to care and retaining services. The goals of the COBRA Program are to increase universal access to HIV-related services, promote early intervention, prevent or delay institutionalization, and foster independence and self-sufficiency.

Catholic Charities AIDS Services case management staff assists our clients in accessing their service needs, including the making and presenting for appointments and treatment as needed. Our staff also can assist finding other support services needed such as finding adequate housing, transportation services, assistance with food and nutrition issues, substance abuse and mental health treatment, and child-related issues.

The program is funded by Medicaid under Comprehensive Medicaid Case Management (CMCM). The program provides services in the following counties: Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Columbia, Greene, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties, and on a limited basis in Saratoga and Chenango Counties. Services are available Monday through Friday in a range of hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm depending on the site.