How to Get Involved

 

The North Central Texas HIV Planning Council continually seeks new members. The Planning Council is a maximum 37-member body that is responsible for identifying service needs and gaps for people living with HIV/AIDS, and for allocating federal and state HIV dollars to various service categories.

 

Those interested should contact Planning Council staff for an interview. At this time, candidates are oriented on the Ryan White planning process.

Candidates are asked to attend a Planning Council meeting and two committee meetings, and meet with members of the Executive Committee to understand the planning process. If candidates are still interested, they meet with the full Executive Committee who then then decides on seating the candidate. If approved, a summary of the candidates’ bios are sent to the entire Planning Council for final questions. If there are no concerns, candidates are recommended for membership. The recommendations are sent to the Tarrant County Judge who is responsible for all HIV services and care in the region. The Tarrant County Judge makes the formal members’ appointments to the Planning Council.

 

The composition of the North Central Texas HIV Planning Council must comply with conditions that were established under the Ryan White Treatment Extension Act, and within the Planning Council's bylaws. These conditions require the appointment of representatives from social service, health care, and mental health providers, AIDS service organizations, public health and health care planning agencies, community leaders, and local or state government. At least 33% of the Planning Council members must be HIV-positive. The demographics of the Planning Council must reflect the demographics of the community, also. Members must participate in Planning Council meetings, as well as serve on one or more of its standing committees. This requires a time commitment of 8-10 hours per month.

 

Meetings are held in Fort Worth. All meetings are conducted in English. Eligible Planning Council members receive reimbursement for their travel costs. Translation and hearing impaired services are made available, as needed. Positions are filled when they become vacant and filled for the duration of the ex-member's term. For more information, contact Planning Council Staff.

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