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Psychosocial Support Services

Psychosocial Support Services

HRSA Service Definition

Psychosocial Support Services provide group or individual support and counseling services to assist eligible people living with HIV to address behavioral and physical health concerns. These services may include:

  • Bereavement counseling
  • Caregiver/respite support (RWHAP Part D)
  • Child abuse and neglect counseling
  • HIV support groups
  • Nutrition counseling provided by a non-registered dietitian (see Medical Nutrition Therapy)
  • Pastoral care/counseling services

Program Guidance:

Funds under this service category may not be used to provide nutritional supplements (See Food Bank/Home Delivered Meals).

RWHAP-funded pastoral counseling must be available to all eligible clients regardless of their religious denominational affiliation.

Funds may not be used for social/recreational activities or to pay for a client’s gym membership.

For RWHAP Part D recipients, outpatient mental health services provided to affected clients (people not identified with HIV) should be reported as Psychosocial Support Services; this is generally only a permissible expense under RWHAP Part D.

See also:

Respite Care

Number of Clients Served, Units Provided, Expenditures, Cost per Client and 3 Year averaged Cost per Client (based on actual expenditures)

The Philadelphia EMA has not funded this service in the last three years.

Funding by Part, and info on any other payers

Total Part A Funds (Formula + Supp.) MAI Total Part B Funds (Formula + Supp. NJ) Total Part B Funds (Formula + Supp. PA) Total Part C EIS Funds (State & Local) Total Part D Funds (State & Local) Total Part F Funds
Last Year Allocation $239,946 $48,941
Current Allocation $47,732

Consumer survey info 2017 n=392

n Used in the last 12 months Needed but did not get (last 12 months)
Psychosocial Support Services 153 75.8% 24.2%

Unmet need

For the purposes of this document, need is based on the response of a consumer when asked if there was a service they needed. MMP interviews patients in care and asks consumers if they need a service and if they receive it. Client services unit data identifies needs at the time of initial intake.

2016 MMP Percent with a Need 2018 Client Services Unit Need at Intake
Psychosocial Support Services 8% 5.6%

Recipient Service Considerations