SAMHSA awards Knowledge Dissemination Conference Grants to four organizations

January 20, 2016

Added Weinstein: "For the continuity of patient care, it is vital that these clinics remain open and that these services remain accessible to patients in need. When it comes to HIV/AIDS care, a disruption in services??and the possible risk of patients dropping out of care as a result??can literally mean the difference between life and death."

The de-funding of these two clinics came about as a result of a recent County Request For Proposal (RFP) process, in which??despite a long history of successfully and responsibly caring for Antelope Valley AIDS patients??the funding was denied to the AHF- and LA County-run clinics and instead awarded to Tarzana Treatment Center. Tarzana Treatment Center was the subject of several Los Angeles Times stories last year when LA County Supervisors Antonovich and Yaroslavsky called for an investigation of the agency over inflated executive compensation (Executives draw huge salaries at L.A. nonprofit drug treatment center, Alan Zarembo) and excessive payments on leases for buildings owned by its own executives and board members (Tarzana nonprofit paid too much rent, audit finds, Alan Zarembo). The Tarzana Treatment Center clinics that have been awarded the contract recently are also located in buildings owned by its own executives and board members.

Source AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)