The Ryan White CARE Act mandated the establishment of a planning council that would guide and assist the local government in the decision making processes involved in the disbursement of the federal funds. The planning council in this area is called the West Central Florida Ryan White Care Council. Activities of the Care Council include, but are not limited to, conducting a needs assessment, establishing priorities for the allocation of funds, and developing a comprehensive plan for the organization and delivery of health services. Care Council staff can be contacted directly at 727-217-7070.
The West Central Florida Ryan White Care Council provides community guidance and input to the Ryan White Part A Program and the Ryan White Part B Program. These two Parts serve our local area by providing essential services to People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
Part A covers the designated Eligible Metropolitan Area of Hillsborough, Hernando, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties. Part A is coordinated by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (aka the Grantee) through the Hillsborough County Health Care Services Department.
Part B covers the designated Total Service Area of Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk Counties. Part B is coordinated by the Florida Department of Health- Pinellas County (aka the Lead Agency).