Learning that you have HIV can be a confusing and frightening time. You may experience a variety of emotions and may not know what steps to take next. You are not alone. Big Country AIDS Resources has caring staff and offers comprehensive services to treat all aspects of living with HIV. We also have an extensive referral network and strong community collaborations to be able to connect you with most of the services and programs you may need. BCAR is committed to putting an end to HIV/AIDS infections in West Central Texas, and are dedicated to providing the best care possible to all persons living with HIV/AIDS regardless of income. Through outreach and providing compassionate care to all people with HIV/AIDS will we be able to control the spread of this disease.
BCAR: To access services at the Big Country AIDS Resources, you will need to meet with our Patient Navigators to discuss your needs and verify your eligibility. To lessen your wait time, we recommend you set up an appointment. To reach us please call 325-672-3077. We are open Monday through Thursday 9 am to 5 pm at 402 Butternut Abilene, Texas.
These are the documents you will need to access services:
Identification (ex: Texas ID, LUPE ID, Matricula Consular, Tarjeta de elector, or TDCJ ID)
Proof of Income (Paystubs, last year’s W2 forms if employed, if unemployed supporters statement, Social Security Income Award Letter)
Copy of Medicaid, food stamp, ADAP or other private insurance card, if you have them (Note: Insurance is not required to apply for services)
Proof of HIV status (Western Blot confirmatory)
List of any current medications
Any questions you might want answered
*You don’t need a U.S. Social Security Number or Insurance to access services. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of the documents required, the Linkage to Care Specialists will help you find or obtain the documents you need. All clients who go through the Intake Process will receive a copy of the agency’s grievance procedure and a copy of the Consumer Rights and Responsibilities.
What to Expect? You can expect your initial case management visit to take three-four hours. The purpose of your initial visit is to:
perform a comprehensive assessment of your current situation
determine which of our services can help you
determine your eligibility for those services
determine any outside services that could benefit you, and initiate any referral process those services require
BCAR offers a variety of services to our clients. Every case is different, and every person who comes to us for help has different needs, timing and resources. Our helpful staff are here to determine what help YOU need, what help you’re eligible for, and what outside services we can refer you to for assistance that we don’t provide. Don’t assume we can—or can’t—help you based on someone else’s experience; come in, talk to us, and let us work with you to get you the help you need.