Since 1986, the Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Inc. (LIAAC) has been a community-based, not-for-profit agency that provides services and support for Long Islanders infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and at high risk for HIV infection and other infectious diseases. LIAAC is the only agency serving L.I. with HIV/AIDS prevention and care as its founding purpose and core mission. LIAAC was the nation's first suburban-based AIDS service organization; its endurance over the past 2 decades has required overcoming harmful, inaccurate stereotypes that portray all Long Islanders as affluent, healthy, and not as vulnerable to HIV or other harmful diseases as residents of neighboring New York City. LIAAC remains L.I.'s only bi-county, comprehensive community service-provider, with the region's only HIV/AIDS Hotline. The New York State Department of Health has designated LIAAC as the only community service provider (CSP) for Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
As the nation's oldest and largest suburban HIV/AIDS service agency, LIAAC has long established relationships with other support organizations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties including primary healthcare facilities, substance abuse treatment centers, mental health organizations, hospitals, shelters, and soup kitchens. Under our Health Homes initiative, Tri Care Systems, a DBA of LIAAC, is a partner in four regional Medicaid Health Homes, serving residents not only in Nassau and Suffolk Counties but in Queens County as well. Our staff provides care coordination services to individuals who have two or more chronic conditions including Mental Illness, Hepatitis C, Heart Disease, Asthma, HIV/AIDS, Obesity, Diabetes and Substance Abuse. Our staff utilizes a plethora of community resources to refer and link clients to medical treatment, supportive services and re-engage clients who drop out of care; assisting them with navigating through a sometimes daunting and complicated social service and health care system. The goal is to get individuals into care without using emergency rooms as doctors’ offices and by building these partnerships with other service providers, it enables us to work together in helping thousands in need.
Over 65 employees and several consultants work to achieve the goals of reducing the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other STD infections in the community, contributing to responsible HIV public policy, and enabling Long Islanders whose lives have been touched by HIV/AIDS to achieve the highest possible quality of life.
All of LIAAC's programs are confidential, and available in English and Spanish to help meet the needs of Long Island's diverse racial and ethnic populations.