In 1991, ASC was awarded a Ryan White Title III (b), now Part C, Early Intervention Services federal grant named for the young boy who died from AIDS a few years earlier. For the first time, the medical clinic had enough money to pay salaries to its employees, purchase medicines, supplies, and expand its laboratory services.
In 1995, the original clinic building was completely destroyed by fire and ASC was forced to relocate to temporary quarters in Anniston. Working with the State of Alabama and the town of Hobson City, they were eventually able to secure funding to build a new clinic on the original site. They returned to Hobson City in 1998 and have remained there since that time. The following year the clinic initiated both a palliative care and an adherence Special Project of National Significance (SPNS) research project. In association with the palliative care project, ASC built its first housing, assisted by Habitat for Humanity. The clinic currently owns several housing units in the area.
In 2000, SAMHSA awarded the clinic funding to initiate both mental health and substance abuse treatment services. These programs also are still in place, with certain modifications, today.
In 2002, the clinic decided to change the name to Health Services Center, Inc. rather than AIDS Services Center. This change served several purposes. It reflected the expansion of services to populations such as those with addictions, the homeless and those with hepatitis C, who might not be HIV positive and it provided clients with more privacy should they fear the continued stigma still faced by those with HIV infection.
In 2010, HSC received Ryan White Part D funding to expand Early Intervention Services specifically to women and children with HIV infection and their families.
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