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CCA serves people in prison and in state and county correctional facilities in Central New York with the goals to reduce the risk of AIDS transmission and to assist people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

The CHOICES program serves people in state prisons and in county correctional and detention facilities.  The services include risk reduction education, peer educator training, anonymous HIV counseling and testing services, support groups and discharge planning assistance for inmates who are reaching their parole release dates. Discharge planning staff work with individuals, who are HIV+ and nearing their release date, in securing a residence, medical care, support services, and employment and case management assistance upon release.  Those trained as peer educators in HIV/AIDS are able to provide information and prevention education to their peers in the correctional setting.

Referrals to this program can come from medical staff, institutional parole officers, pre-release counselors, or self-referral through educational workshops provided by Health Services Specialists. 

Services are provided at five NYS medium security facilities: Mid-State, Mohawk, Marcy, Oneida, Cayuga; the Auburn maximum security facility; and Camp Georgetown. Services are also provided at the Onondaga County Correctional Facility in Jamesville, NY and the Justice Center in downtown Syracuse. Risk reduction education groups are provided for young women at the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) secure facility, Lansing.

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