Argus Community’s CATCH program provides free and confidential HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) testing, counseling, and referral services to individuals and human service agencies based in the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The CATCH Program is a five year federally funded grant program awarded through the Minority AIDS Initiative. The CATCH Program ensures that participants have access to high quality HIV/HCV testing with services provided by certified pre-test/post-test counselors. CATCH Program staff will conduct on-site agency and in-community testing at designated sites in the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The program provides testing and counseling to participants so they can learn their HIV/HCV serostatus, and link and navigate those who test positive to medical treatment; those who test negative yet present as high risk are given prevention education and referral to prevention services. Bilingual Health Educators will also screen and assess for substance use (SUD) and co-occurring disorders (COD), and make referrals for individuals in need of various treatment modalities. Additional services available to organizations that participate include free on-site screening and referral for Hepatitis A (HAV) and B (HBV), health education groups, and smoking cessation counseling. Individuals may have an opportunity to receive incentives if they meet the criteria that requires further outcome follow-up.
Argus Community is highly experienced at providing coordinated care for persons newly diagnosed with HIV, and has been providing HIV/AIDS prevention education and access to treatment since 1992. Trained employees provide access to and coordination with a wide-range of services that include: HIV/HCV prevention and clinical management, as well as prophylaxis services including Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Care is also coordinated via linkage agreements with community hospitals and local social service providers for individuals in need of primary care, dental and eye exams, mental health, and various levels of substance abuse services.
The focus population of the CATCH Program is racial/ethnic minorities ages 13 and up, residing in either Manhattan or Brooklyn with substance use or co-occurring disorders at-risk for HIV or are HIV+. The population will include LGBTQ, homeless and formerly homeless, recently incarcerated, and recent immigrants from high-risk areas of origin including Africa, Caribbean, and China.
The CATCH Program has flexible daytime and evening hours for programs in need of testing at their facility.
Agencies who wish to arrange for CATCH program services may contact the Program Director, Ellie Tighe at (929) 246-4013.
- Comprehensive risk screening for HIV, HAV, HBV, HCV, SUD and COD
- Pre-test/Post-test HIV/HCV counseling
- Oral fluid and blood testing
- Care coordination, Linkage and Navigation, and referral to care follow-up
- Warm-handoffs to affiliated providers
- HIV/AIDS and other communicable disease prevention workshops
- Ongoing health education/health promotion groups
- Smoking Cessation
Argus Community ensures CATCH program clients have continuous access to high quality services that are integrated into a comprehensive, person-centered and recovery-focused provision of care.