About Us

The Planning Council operates in accordance with the Ryan White CARE Act, a federal legislation. We are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), through a Ryan White Part A grant.
The City of Paterson (Recipient) administers and monitors the grant funds, which are awarded to sub-recipients that offer healthcare and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Sub- recipients include hospitals, clinics, community-based organizations and other healthcare agencies located in Paterson, Passaic County and Bergen County.

The planning council is responsible for:

  • priority setting and resource allocations
  • assessment of needs among people living with HIV/AIDS
  • integrated planning
  • development of a Continuum of Care
  • evaluation of the grant administration

Planning & Development Committee (P&D) assists the Planning Council with the mandated activities set forth by HRSA. P&D is charged with overseeing the Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan and takes the lead in the development and implementation of an extensive needs assessment, the priority setting and resource allocations process and the Continuum of Care model; P&D updates Service Standards definitions and developes Directives to the Recipient.

Community Development Committee (CDC) is responsible for membership recommendations, community engagement and organizing Day of Capacity Building each year. Aligned with the planning council’s overall mission, CDC works toward helping PLWH get the continuous care and support services they need by promoting available resources.

The Steering Committee (or executive committee) is made-up of the Planning Council’s Chair, Vice Chair, committee chairpersons of P&D and CDC and two (2) at-large appointed members only. The Steering Committee ensures that all the work of the Planning Council is completed in a timely and efficient manner.