Amador County AIDS Programs
The Grand Jury conducted interviews with county health care professionals. Subjects included AIDS education, testing, treatment, and statistics relating to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The Grand Jury concluded that education, prevention, awareness, and treatment are being addressed and serviced adequately.
AIDS education, prevention and treatment is adequately handled by the Amador County Public Health Department.
Authority to Investigate
Penal Code Section 925 authorizes the Grand Jury to review the operation of county government. As required by Penal Code Section 916, at least twelve Grand Jurors voted to review the operations of the Amador County Public Health Department. The focus of this review was the services provided for AIDS and AIDS related diseases.
Method of Review
Members of the Grand Jury conducted interviews with the following people:
Additionally, members of the Grand Jury reviewed:
The Grand Jury conducted on site visits to Sutter Amador Hospital and the Health Department.
The Amador County Public Health Department provides a number of services relating to AIDS and HIV. These services include:
HIV/AIDS tests are available through the Amador County Public Health Department. Testing is available to anyone upon request or physician referral. The testing fee is ten dollars. Testing is free for those who cannot pay. The average number of tests is twenty per month. Strict confidentiality ensures that test results will not adversely affect employment or other life issues.
Public health nurses provide counseling. Counseling is offered when testing is requested and when results are available.
The California Education Code requires HIV/AIDS education at least once during middle school and once during high school. The state provides funding for these classes.
The Amador County Public Health Departments AIDS Education Provider assists the Amador County Unified School District to provide HIV/AIDS to junior high and high school students. Class material stresses prevention. HIV/AIDS education includes information about STDS. Credentialed Public Health Nurses and Health and Family Life teachers conduct the courses.
State law requires school districts to provide parents and guardians an opportunity to review course material before presentation. The Amador County Unified School District has established a parent committee to review these materials. Teachers act as advisors to the committee.
State law requires parents be given the option to remove their children from these classes. Parents receive written notification of course material before classes begin. Parents may decline to have their children attend all or part of the classes.
The Health Department also provides educational services to private and public employers. This state-funded program concentrates on high-risk areas such as penal institutions.
Sutter Amador Hospital Admissions Policy, dated September, 1993
Francis, Donald, MD, Comparative Mortality, (Photocopy of chart from unknown source document dated September, 1993 provided by Amador County Public Health Department)
Office of AIDS, HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Branch, California Department of Health Services, Cumulative AIDS Cases in California by County, as of June 30, 1997
Sutter Amador Hospital, MIRA Diagnosis Frequency Report, (October 23, 1997)
Amador County Unified School District Board Policy BP-6142.2
The California Education Code