Vermont health department provides $45,000 grant for Twin States Network

The Vermont Department of Health's Agency of Human Services recently announced that it would provide a $45,000 grant to the Twin States Network, an organization that helps people impacted by HIV and hepatitis C.

The grant will be used for the organization's "Choose Life: Empowerment, Action, Results" program, also known as CLEAR. The project will provide one-on-one counseling for Vermont residents infected with HIV, Common News reports.

CLEAR is a CDC intervention program with several specific goals, including developing consistent ways to practice safe sex, addressing substance abuse, and developing daily routines to optimize mental and physical health in partnership with medical providers.

The one-on-one counseling sessions will include a trained service provider or registered mental health provider. The sessions can be conducted in person, via Skype or by telephone. CLEAR provides sessions that are between six and 28 visits long, depending on goals set by the provider and client.

When clients participate in the program, they will be able to express themselves through various structured activities and discussions.

The Twin States Network is a community AIDS service and prevention organization that started serving children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C in 1991, Common News reports.