The Hudson County HIV/AIDS Services Planning Council began in 1989 as the Hudson County AIDS Consortium Advisory Council under the leadership of Carol Ann Wilson, Director of the Hudson County Department of Health and Human Services. It was a response to the tragic toll of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on Hudson County.
The purpose of the Consortium was to identify and compete for funds to support the county wide service network -- the AIDS Network of Care -- to assist area residents infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
The consortium was successful in its efforts to obtain funds: Through the Hudson County Department of Human Services, it was awarded a model grant, the AIDS Service Demonstration Project, by the U.S. Public Health Service/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
The Demonstration Project supported the development of a County wide continuum of care for persons with HIV/AIDS. The services included: outreach and education, early identification and treatment, case management, support groups, home health services, substance abuse counseling and referrals, supportive services, special services targeting the homeless, and volunteer recruitment and placement.