REACH (Relating, Exchanging, and Capacity
Building for HIV Prevention) is a project funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health's Office of HIV/AIDS. The project provides technical assistance (TA) and prevention training to the RI Community
Planning Group (RICPG) and community-based organizations (CBOs) serving populations at-risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV. The initial goal of REACH was to provide training and build the capacity of
minority organizations to write competitive grants and deliver effective HIV prevention interventions. Today, REACH mission has been broadened to provide TA
and trainings for agencies directly and indirectly delivering HIV treatment or prevention services.
REACH is focused on providing a comprehensive approach to community
development and empowerment to meet the diverse needs of the RICPG and HIV prevention community stakeholders, including treatment providers, program
supervisors and managers. REACH also provides capacity building assistance to the RI CPG.REACH works in collaboration with state-wide partners to develop standards
of HIV prevention education. Since its inception in 1996, REACH has provided TA and consultations to numerous CBOs and trained over one thousand individuals.
The Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association (DATA) of Rhode Island, a recognized
learning center providing substance abuse practitioners development and certification trainings since 1991, is currently funded to implement REACH for the RICPG.