About the Planning Council 

Ryan White Planning Council Membership Application 

All information in this application is confidential. It is seen only by the Planning Council Support Staff and as needed, by members of the Community Development Committee (CDC) Committee and/or the Steering Committee during the application review process.

About the Planning Council  

The Planning Council was established in 1993 and has always been comprised of Commissioners appointed by the CEO, which is the Chief Elected Office, in this case the Mayor of the City of Paterson. The Planning Council elects a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson annually.

The Planning Council is required to work together with the Office of the Recipient to assess the service needs of people living with HIV living in Bergen and Passaic Counties (New Jersey) and specify the kinds and amounts of services required to meet those needs. Based on needs assessment, utilization, and epidemiological data—the Planning Council decides what services are most needed by people living with HIV in the TGA (also known as priority setting) and decides how much Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part A money should be used for each of these service categories (this is our resource allocations).

The Paterson-Passaic County-Bergen County HIV Health Services Planning Council consists of advocates, community leaders, survivors, healthcare providers, volunteers, and people who are affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Planning Council is responsible for making decisions concerning:
  • The Service Priorities & Resource Allocation of Ryan White Part A grant funds
  • HIV Care Continuum Performance 
  • Integrated HIV Prevention & Care Planning 
  • Needs Assessment of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) 
  • Evaluation of Grant Administration 
The Planning Council also provides guidance to the Office of the Recipient on service standards and directives. The Planning Council is responsible for evaluating how rapidly Ryan White Part A funds are allocated and made available for care. This involves ensuring that funds are being contracted quickly and through an open process and that providers are being paid in a timely manner.

Part A funds are used to meet the health service needs of people living with HIV/AIDS that are not met by any other health care programs.

The Planning Council takes the lead in conducting many of its legislated responsibilities and shares duties with the grantee in some areas. To guarantee that a broad range of ideas is heard, the planning council membership must reflect specific areas of expertise as well as disproportionately affected and historically underserved populations.
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