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Treatment funds are to enhance treatment services for populations at risk for methamphetamine use. Targeted populations are young women
and men who have sex with men. Although funded service providers are located in the Third
Los Angeles County Supervisorial District, services are available to residents Countywide.
Research on methamphetamine addiction treatment service needs in Los Angeles County shows a particular need for residential gay-specific treatment slots. Similarly, few treatment services exist to address the specific needs of young women, especially women of color, who are at particularly high risk for methamphetamine addiction problems.
Research conducted by
Drs. Shoptaw and Reback indicate as the level of methamphetamine use increases among gay male users, HIV prevalence rates also increase. This “time-to-event” association shows that the more frequently and consistently gay men report using methamphetamine, the more likely they will also report being HIV infected. This research has helped guide OAPP’s investment for HIV negative methamphetamine using MSM.
Evidence also shows that interventions that reduce
methamphetamine use also reduce high-risk sexual
behaviors among treatment-seeking gay men thereby
reducing their risk for contracting and transmitting
OAPP treatment providers are providing
services for HIV negative methamphetamine using MSM.
OAPP is working closely with these agencies to ensure a comprehensive, individualized
system of care is being implemented to reach each client
at their specific level of need. This includes the
consistent use of screening tools and criteria for
enrollment by each site, increasing data completeness in
client records to document effectiveness of services and
increasing the availability of skilled mental health
clinicians to conduct comprehensive assessments and
implement individualized and comprehensive treatment
plans. To help further improve services, trainings
on evidence-based strategies have been conducted, the
hiring of mental health practitioners to improve staff
capacity was completed, and funding has been allocated
for psychotropic medication to address the gap in mental
If you would like more information on OAPP's efforts
on methamphetamine specific treatment services for MSM
or transgenders, please contact Jenell Ross at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (213) 351-1171