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NEAETC COVID-19 Behavioral Health and Support Services Community of Practice & Learning Request for Proposals (RFP)
Project Period: July 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021

Applications due: May 27, 2020

(Revised May 14, 2020)

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The New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC) is the recipient of one-time funding from the (FY) 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act -P.L. 116- 136 (CARES Act) to help current Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) recipients prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  

The CARES Act appropriated $90 million to the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to help RWHAP recipients respond to COVID-19 related health service needs for RWHAP clients. The CARES funding in large measure will support core medical and support services for RWHAP clients, however, funding is also provided to the AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) program to provide technical assistance and training to HIV care professionals to support their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEAETC is soliciting applications and plans to award five (5) subawards to current RWHAP recipients at $74,000 each to increase the capacity of behavioral health and support services.   


There have been comparisons made to what the US is experiencing now with the COVID-19 epidemic and the early HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Scope of Work:

HIV care providers including mental/behavioral health professionals, substance abuse professionals, social workers, case managers, community health workers, and peer navigators   supported by the award are expected to provide care, resources, and referral to older (50+) adults or at risk for HIV, and/or provide counsel and support to caregivers. All recipients are expected to participate in a virtual Community of Practice and Learning (CoPL) scheduled monthly from July 2020 to March 2021, develop written reports of their work, and participate in a “lessons learned” webinar to be scheduled after the completion of the project.

Community of Practice and Learning:

The virtual CoPL will bring together care providers to share successes, challenges, and best practices and receive support from colleagues. A specific focus will be on strategies to support caregivers on the front lines to best provide services to older (50+) adults with or at risk for HIV and for themselves (care for the caregiver) during this public health emergency. The sessions will be facilitated by a seasoned behavioral health professional and concepts such as fear, stigma, social isolation and loneliness, stress, and trauma will be explored. There will be an evaluation component to the CoPL. Evaluation findings and lessons learned including new and/or innovative strategies will be shared via a webinar to a wider audience. 


Submit via email to by 5PM on May 27, 2020. Applications available at:

Review Criteria:

Eligible applicants are RWHAP-funded agencies in the six New England states (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI & VT). The proposed project should not duplicate other projects.

Expected Award Notifications:

Pending HRSA approval, sub-awardees will be notified by June 15 with an expected start of July 1, 2020.

For Questions:

Email questions to with the subject line COVID-19 RFP.

See Application for further details.