More than 9 months without a state budget, PACPI continues to serve families in need despite non-payment of contracted services

PACPI has signed contracts with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) totaling more than $848,000 for high-impact treatment and prevention services for pregnant mothers with HIV.

IDPH has been a supporter of perinatal HIV prevention services for the state and has been a main source of funding for these vital programs. However, state dollars are being held hostage by our state’s leaders and this is impacting the most vulnerable women and children in our state.

If the state does not pay for these services, PACPI may have no choice but to end our programs.

PACPI executive director Anne Statton stated during an interview on Fox 32 Chicago, “[PACPI] can’t turn away women today while we still have a dollar in the bank.”

PACPI board, staff, and volunteers are fighting to continue our vital services. While we are being conservative with funds, we have had to make some cuts to our programs.

Our board of directors is dedicated to fundraising and refreshing our strategic direction, currently working on new growth strategies for future impact on Illinois women and children.

When women with HIV are connected to care, adhering to their antiretroviral regimen, and using formula, perinatal transmission risk is less than 1%, compared to 25% if the mother is not in proper treatment.[1]

Q: What makes the difference between less than 1 baby in 100 being born with HIV and 1 in 4 babies born with HIV?
A: Access to medical care, education, and social service support.

PACPI has a 99% success rate in preventing HIV transmission by working with women during and after pregnancy to access care. So far, there are no confirmed cases of perinatal HIV transmission in Illinois for 2015.

Without PACPI services, vulnerable pregnant women may transmit HIV to their infants.

All PACPI clients are low-income and 80% are African-American, a community where HIV is an epidemic. By failing to support these services, the state is ensuring that the epidemic continues.

The estimated lifetime costs of treating a child born with HIV is estimated at over $1 million. By preventing HIV transmission to an infant, PACPI helps save the state upwards of $35 million in lifetime costs of treatment each year.

PACPI services address additional conditions that complicate pregnancy and motherhood including mental illness, substance use, homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, refugee or asylee status, current or previous incarceration, child welfare involvement, and other illnesses.

The programs include enhanced case managementthe 24/7 statewide Hotline, and statewide rapid HIV testing implementation. These services are part of the CDC-commended Safety Net of Perinatal HIV Prevention in Illinois.

Take a stand for PACPI. Use your voice to save vulnerable children and families.

  1. Tell your representative that PACPI’s work is valuable to the whole state and is an investment to save lives and prevent further expenses to our health and social services system.
  2. Tell the Governor and your lawmaker to pass a responsible budget with revenue to serve Illinois citizens, not just the wealthy.

[1] CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, 2007.