Social & Mental Health Division
1845 N. Fair Oaks Ave., 2nd Floor
Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: (626) 744-6339
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To report a public health emergency, risk, problem, or other public health hazard, please call the 24/7 reporting line, (626) 744-6043.
The Social and Mental Health Division provides several services to people living with HIV or at risk for HIV, including HIV testing, education, community outreach, linkage to medical care, and enrollment assistance for HIV treatment and prevention medication.
AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
The Pasadena Public Health Department is an official enrollment site for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). ADAP is a State prescription drug assistance program that helps provide qualified individuals with medications to treat HIV or prevent related serious deterioration of health.
You may be eligible for ADAP if:
- You are a resident of the State of California
- You are at least 18 years of age
- You have an HIV diagnosis (ADAP will only process prescriptions written by a licensed California physician)
- You have a Modified Adjusted Gross Income that does not exceed 500% Federal Poverty Level, based on family size and household income
- You are not fully covered by or eligible for Medi-Cal or any other third-party payer
You may be eligible for ADAP’s insurance assistance programs (OA-HIPP or Medicare Part D) if:
- You are enrolled in ADAP
- You are taking the full advance premium tax credit, if applicable; and
- You are not receiving 100% assistance from Medicare’s Extra Help/Full Low Income Subsidy (LIS)
- Under certain circumstances, ADAP may be able to provide assistance in meeting your private insurance co-payment or insurance deductible obligations for medications which are on the ADAP formulary (list of covered drugs).
You may be required to apply for Medi-Cal as part of your ADAP application process. Under some circumstances, ADAP can assist you in meeting your Medi-Cal Share of Cost obligation for ADAP covered medications.
If you are interested in applying for ADAP services, please contact (626) 744-6355.
PrEP Assistance Program (PrEP-AP)
The Pasadena Public Health Department is an official enrollment site for the PrEP Assistance Program (PrEP-AP). PrEP is a daily pill for people who do not have HIV and want added protection. PrEP-AP can help significantly lower or eliminate out-of-pocket costs for the medication. To be eligible for PrEP-AP, an applicant must:
- Be a resident of California
- Have a negative HIV/AIDS test result
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have an annual Modified Gross Income (MAGI) that does not exceed 500% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) based on family size and household income
- Not be fully covered by Medi-Cal or other third party payers, and
- Be enrolled in the manufacturer’s assistance program.
If you are interested in applying for PrEP-AP services, please contact (626) 744-6355.
HIV Counselling and Testing
The Social and Mental Health Division offers free, confidential, on-demand HIV testing. Testing is on a first come, first serve basis. Walk-in clients are welcome; however, appointments are required for court-mandated HIV testing. The completely confidential testing process requires a finger stick sample of blood and involves pre-and post-test counseling with a California State Certified Counselor.
Social and Mental Health Division also provides mobile HIV testing services and outreach throughout Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley.
The HIV/STD Education and Prevention Services can provide HIV/AIDS Education and Risk-Reduction sessions by trained facilitators who provide a broad overview of HIV and STD prevention. Some topics may include:
- HIV/AIDS transmission
- STD information
- Safer Sex
- Condom negotiation
- Correlations between STIs and HIV
- HIV testing promotion
- Healthy sexual living
- Self-esteem issues
- Woman’s health care issues
This curriculum is developed to be flexible and to meet your needs either in an individual setting or for community groups.
For more information, please contact SMHD-Promo@cityofpasadena.net or call (626) 744-6355.
The Pasadena Public Health Department is dedicated to maintaining a close relationship with its health professional partners within the community by providing timely and accurate health information, and facilitating mandated disease reporting requirements.
In California and the rest of the United States, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infections are reported through a combination of passive and active surveillance. Passive surveillance is conducted through state required reporting of HIV and AIDS cases by health care providers and reporting of HIV-positive test results from laboratories to Local Health Departments (LHDs), including the Pasadena Public Health Department. PPHD also conducts active surveillance with routine visits to hospitals, physician offices, laboratories, counseling and testing (C&T) clinics, and outpatient clinics to ensure completeness, timeliness, and accuracy of reported data.
HIV infection at all stages is reportable within seven calendar days. For HIV/AIDS reporting, please fax a completed Confidential Case Report Form to (626) 744-6191. For complete HIV-specific reporting requirements, see Title 17, CCR, §2641.30-2643.20. If you have questions regarding HIV/AIDS disease reporting and surveillance call (626) 744-6028.
More information on STDs, HIV, and AIDS, can be found on the following websites: