Posts Tagged ‘ARCS’

40th Anniversary of the First AIDS Cases

Saturday, June 5th, 2021

This June 5th, the world will mark the 40th Anniversary of the first reported cases of AIDS identified in the U.S. The 40th Anniversary of HIV signifies a moment in history where we remember those we’ve lost to HIV/AIDS and honor their memories. The 2021 tagline is: 40 Years of Progress – It’s time to End the HIV Epidemic. It is a time to pay tribute to the U.S. scientists, researchers, advocates, healthcare professionals, and public health workers who have contributed to our global effort to end the HIV epidemic. The commitments of international partners, federal agencies, advocates, and community organizations who work tirelessly on the frontlines in face of this global public health crisis are what push us forward. This milestone is an opportunity to reaffirm commitment to tackling HIV, demonstrating that despite the worldwide challenges due to COVID-19, we remain focused on ensuring resources and capacity to end the HIV epidemic in the U.S. and abroad.

Learn more and download tools to help raise awareness at:

View our agency timeline for a look back at the beginnings of HVCS.

Silent Auction Preview: 30th Anniversary Party

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

To whet your appetite for our 30th Anniversary Party’s silent auction, here’s a small sample of the wonderful items up for bid!



Relaxing Spa Packages – including Amore Day Spa and Marlboro Spa

Tickets to a Yankees 2017 Game



A Week in Provincetown, MA – Two Bedroom Centrally-Located Condo

Dinners at Fine Restaurants – including Crave and Henry’s at Buttermilk Falls



Wine Tastings & Tours



A Weekend at the Old Drover’s Inn in Dover Plains

Brewery Tours & Craft Beers – including Yonkers Brewing Company & Captain Lawrence


white sweet 16 dresses

An Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Bronx Zoo

Artwork & Home Decor – including vintage Herb Ritts posters

…and plenty more! Get your tickets and join us on September 23rd to help support our food pantries, housing and HIV prevention programs.

HVCS’ Official 30th Anniversary

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Official 30th anniversary

2016 is HVCS’ 30th Anniversary!

Monday, January 4th, 2016

On March 3, 1986, the small volunteer organization that was the Mid-Hudson Valley AIDS Task Force filed for incorporation and recognition as a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization. That group eventually registered a “DBA” or “doing business as” and was known as AIDS-Related Community Services, or ARCS, until 2012. At the very end of that year, faced with proposed changes to Medicaid (which impacted our Medicaid-reimbursed COBRA case management program) and an expanding portfolio of services beyond HIV/AIDS, the agency changed its name to Hudson Valley Community Services or HVCS. Even though we have a relatively new name, our core mission and services remain the same. We believe it’s an amazing feat to have lasted this long, and we’ll be rolling out special initiatives and events throughout 2016. Watch for more details and more information as the year proceeds!

Meet Jill Clockadale, ARCS' Director of Client Services

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Jill_Clockadale_colorJill Clockadale has joined ARCS’ executive team as Director of Client Services.

Ms. Clockadale comes to ARCS from Greenwich House, a small HIV primary care agency. Her new role at ARCS is a continuation of a long career in the HIV/AIDS service sector.

She received a BA in Liberal Arts from Michigan State and went on to receive her MSW at the University of Michigan. For the first thirteen years of her career, she worked in the child welfare system in Michigan and New York.

Her work with HIV/AIDS clients began in 1987 when she volunteered for GMHC in Manhattan as a support group co-facilitator. She began her case management experience in Beth Israel Hospital’s methadone clinic. “In those days, people with HIV had eighteen months to live,” she said. “This was before there were any antiretroviral medications.”

Ms. Clockadale is proud to have worked in every borough of New York City. She commuted daily from Mohegan Lake, where she and her husband, William Ayvazian, have lived since 1997. She is a former board member of the Lower Manhattan AIDS Service Center, where she first heard about ARCS’ work in the Hudson Valley.

There are several differences to overseeing ARCS’ care management and client support services, she notes. “Transportation and housing are completely different in the Hudson Valley than the city. They are much larger hurdles for our clients, and there is a definite shortage of affordable housing for low-income residents here.”

Her goals as Director of Client Services are to increase staff retention and to manage change in a constantly changing field. She also plays an integral part in ARCS’ conversion to the new regional health home networks for Medicaid-eligible clients. “It’s a challenge, since we are coping with New York State’s brand-new regulations, but I believe that you always have to look forward.”

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 16th, 2012

All ARCS offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2012 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

ARCS Closed in Observance of New Year's Day

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

All ARCS offices will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2012 in observance of New Year’s Day.

Promoting Primary Care and Treatment Adherence

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

† 6.5 OASAS credits (not approved for initial CPS credentialing)

This one-day training is designed to increase awareness of non-physician health and human services providers and HIV primary care guidelines and treatment adherence. Non-physician health and human services providers who are aware of HIV primary care guideline and strategies for supporting treatment adherence can play an important role in improving the health outcomes of people living with HIV. At the end of this training, participants will be able to: list the components of primary care for patients living with HIV; identify the key elements of the annual comprehensive physical exam for patients living with HIV; identify the routine laboratory screening and assessments used in primary care for people living with HIV, including methods used to assess and measure adherence; recall the different classes of HIV medications and briefly describe how they work; identify common barriers to treatment adherence, including medication side effects; list three specific strategies for promoting treatment adherence; identify when referrals to specialty care may be needed; work as a member of the care team to help patients take advantage of health maintenance services, vaccination, and prophylaxis for opportunistic infections as well as conduct client assessments and make referrals for a variety of psycho-social issues including substance use, mental health, domestic violence, smoking cessation, etc.
Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that participants have previous knowledge or training on basic HIV/AIDS information.
Audience: Non-physician health and human service providers who work directly with people living with HIV including: case managers, counselors, nurses, support services providers and others.
Fall 2011 Dates: Devember 7, 2011 (9am-5pm) Hawthorne

VOICES/VOCES with Paul Warren of NDRI

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

This two-day training provides participants with the information and materials needed to implement the VOICES/VOCES intervention.
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:
– Identify the Core Elements of VOICES/VOCES intervention;
– Conduct the single-sessiong, Video-based group level intervention;
– Describe ways to improve condom negotiation skills among African-American and Latino adults;
– Practice facilitating gender and ethnic-specific groups of 4-8 participants and encourage discussion about condom use and barriers; and
– Utilize CDC-approved materials on HIV risk behavior and condom use in both English and Spanish.
Prerequisite: There will be an additional registration form for the VOICES/VOCES training that will be emailed to you after you register through the LMS system..
Audience: This training is intended for a team of two to three staff from an agency who is funded to delivering this intervention. Staff should have knowledge of HIV/STDs and group facilitation skills.
Note: VOICES/VOCES (Video Opportunities for Innovative Condom Education and Safer Sex) is a single-session, video-based HIV/STD intervention that is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Division of HIV and AIDS Preventions’ (CDC-DHAP) Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBI) Project. For more information about VOICES/VOCES visit the DEBI website.

Once you have submitted the form and if you are approved, you will receive confirmation via email. If you are not accepted, you will be unenrolled from this training.
The additional registration form will now be required for all DEBI trainings.
This training is only for agencies who are strongly committed to implementing the VOICES/VOCES intervention.
Fall 2011 Dates: November 29 & 30, 2011 (Two-day training; 9am-5pm) Hawthorne

HIV and Hepatitis C Coinfection

Monday, November 21st, 2011

† 3 OASAS credits (not approved for initial CPS credentialing); ‡ 4 CNE hours

More than 25% of people living with HIV in the United States are coinfected with Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Among people who acquired HIV as a result of injection drug use, the rates of HIV/HCV co-infection may be as high as 90%. HCV screening is recommended for persons infected with HIV. Health and human services providers who work with people living with HIV need updated information about HIV/HCV coinfection in order to provide effective services to their clients. As a result of this half-day training, participants will be able to: recall basic information about the liver and hepatitis C, including transmission, prevention, course of illness, screening and treatment; counsel their HIV-positive clients about the importance of knowing their HCV status; describe how coinfection with HIV and HCV affects the progression of each disease; recall current trends and improvements in treatment for people who are coinfected with HIV and HCV; and list at least three additional service needs of people with HIV who are also coinfected with HCV.

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this training, it is strongly recommended that participants have previous training in HIV/AIDS.
Audience: All health and human services providers including: nurses, HIV/STD counselors, substance abuse counselors, case managers, case management technicians, prevention specialists and outreach workers.
Fall 2011 Dates: November 21, 2011 (1pm-4pm) Hawthorne