Minority AIDS Initiative: Consolidation of Fragmented HIV/AIDS Funding Could Reduce Administrative Challenges

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) grantees reported providing services similar to the medical services, support services, and HIV testing and prevention services provided with core HIV/AIDS funding, which is provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to grantees. In addition, MAI grantees faced administrative challenges managing HIV/AIDS funding that was fragmented across several grants. Various agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded MAI grants to grantees. The agencies included CDC, HRSA, the ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. November 22, 2013.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) grantees reported providing services similar to the medical services, support services, and HIV testing and prevention services provided with core HIV/AIDS funding, which is provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to grantees. In addition, MAI grantees faced administrative challenges managing HIV/AIDS funding that was fragmented across several grants. Various agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded MAI grants to grantees. The agencies included CDC, HRSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and seven other offices within HHS. The MAI grantees in GAO's sample reported providing mostly support services with their MAI grants, similar to the types of support services grantees provided with core HIV/AIDS funding from CDC and HRSA. These support services included community outreach and education, and staff or provider training. Twenty percent of the grantees also reported providing medical services to their clients. According to the limited data HHS agencies and offices maintain on the demographics of the population served with MAI grants, the majority of recipients of MAI services were from racial and ethnic minority groups, as is also the case with recipients of services provided with core HIV/AIDS funds. MAI grantees faced administrative challenges because the fragmented nature of MAI and core HIV/AIDS funding required them to manage funding from several sources, each of which required them to complete multiple application and reporting requirements. For example, one city received nine HHS grants to provide HIV/AIDS services - six MAI grants and three core HIV/AIDS grants - and for each of these grants, that city had to complete separate administrative requirements. In this case, while HHS is funding all of the services, it is doing so across multiple funding streams, which raises the possibility of inefficiencies and requires unnecessarily duplicative application and reporting requirements of grantees that could otherwise be using their resources to provide needed services. Additionally, according to HRSA officials, these administrative challenges discouraged some grantees from applying for MAI grants. HRSA officials stated that some of the states receiving core HIV/AIDS grants chose not to request MAI grants because the grants' small size did not justify the additional reporting or other administrative requirements that would accompany them."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Minority AIDS Initiative: Consolidation of Fragmented HIV/AIDS Funding Could Reduce Administrative Challenges, report, November 22, 2013; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc302295/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.