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State Sen. Tom Duane wants to see a more efficient system for people to access HIV/AIDS services in the Empire State.

State Sen. Tom Duane, a gay Manhattan Democrat, is sponsoring legislation that would create a state Division of AIDS Services aimed at streamlining HIV/AIDS-related services.

Duane and Brooklyn Assemblymember Roger Green, flanked by AIDS advocates, announced the bill?s introduction during a Feb. 9 press conference in New York City.

According to Duane, a state Division of AIDS Services would provide New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS easier access to benefits and services, as well as provide intensive case management to address individual needs.

It would assist in such areas as transitional and permanent housing, Medicaid, long-term care, home care, food stamps, rent subsidies, financial benefits and child care.

Currently, New York state provides AIDS services by funding city- and community-based programs.

"It is outrageous that many New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS have no idea what benefits and services are available to them," said Duane. "DAS will provide one stop access to these services and will enhance the quality of life for countless New Yorkers."

Green, the Assembly sponsor, said that a state Division of AIDS Services would "ensure quality and timely service delivery" to affected communities throughout New York.

The bill is S.6035/A.9678.

NYBlade, Feb. 15, By INGA SORENSEN

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*Act-Up*

Mondays, 7:30PM

AIDS coalition to Unleash Power general meeting.

(212)966-4873..for information

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