Medical Case Management – encouraging client engagement and retention in medical care by case coordination with medical staff, advocating for where necessary, reducing any barriers, counseling treatment adherence, and other client support and education as needed. This program has expanded greatly as our PLWHA population has aged and is now facing numerous health challenges such as cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, diabetes, osteoporosis, and depression.
Non-Medical Case Management – providing a range of consumer-centered services that links and retains clients in medically appropriate levels of health care and support services. Objective is to remove/reduce all real or perceived barriers in order to keep clients in medical care.
Substance Abuse – a comprehensive program containing three major elements; Care and Treatment, Relapse Prevention, and facilitated peer support. Each of these elements is supported with individual counseling and addresses the special complication of being dually diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Licensed by N.J. Department of Human Services, Division of Addiction Services.
Mental Health – Individual counseling and treatment services are made available to any client at Buddies of NJ seeking to improve mental disposition. Quality counseling is provided by a LCSW for a variety of mental health issues including but not limited to: Addiction, Aging, Anger Management, Anxiety, Career Issues, Depression, Grief, Health (HIV/AIDS), Relationship Issues, Self image, Stress, Suicide and more...
Oral Care – equally important in maintaining overall health, dental care is a key to staying healthy and adherent. Referrals are made to a private dental practice in the area.
HOPWA – Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS – Homelessness is a major factor in people falling out of care. Services offered under the HOPWA program are all targeted to preventing homelessness, resulting in keeping people in care. See HOPWA page.
Housing – The Robert A. Harrison House, on the grounds of Bergen Regional Medical Center, provides an assisted living facility for six full-time residents who are HIV-positive.
Peer Support Groups – an important part of fighting the loneliness and fear associated with HIV/AIDS. These groups are a key aspect of the consumers ability to deal with and stay in care and adherence with their drug protocols. See a complete schedule here.
Transportation – transporting consumers to all needed medical services throughout Bergen & Passaic counties. NJB runs two vans, 52 weeks a year.
Food Bank – supplementing and/or meeting client nutritional needs as well as basic hygiene and household necessities. The food bank provides non-perishable canned or dry goods.
Translation – Provides spanish translation services in order to assist spanish-speaking clients in navigating the systems of health care and social services.
Helpline – Toll-free telephone service to provide assistance to any caller, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. (800-508-7577, NJ only).