Ryan White Project

Providing a coordinated response to the HIV epidemic in the Metropolitan Atlanta Area.

Planning Council


Program eligible persons in the Atlanta EMA who are living with HIV receive high quality, culturally appropriate medical and support services through a system that respects and values individuals as they access care, remain in care, and reach viral suppression.



The mission of the Metropolitan Atlanta HIV Health Services Planning Council is to assess needs, create a comprehensive plan for the delivery of HIV care, set HIV/AIDS related service priorities and allocate Part A funds to those service categories on the basis of the size, demographics, and needs of people living with or affected by HIV, with particular focus on individuals who know their HIV status but are not in care, and those who have HIV and are unaware of their status.


The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, first enacted in 1990, established the Planning Council as part of the Ryan White Part A Program. The Ryan White CARE Act has been reauthorized several times since its initial passage, most recently in 2009 as the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009. The Planning Council is currently authorized under Title XXVI of the Public Health Service Act.

The Planning Council plays a critical role in the Ryan White Part A Program, which provides funding for HIV/AIDS treatment and support services for low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. The Planning Council is responsible for developing and implementing the comprehensive plan for HIV/AIDS care and treatment services in the eligible metropolitan areas (EMAs) that receive funding under the program.

The Planning Council is composed of people living with HIV/AIDS, community representatives, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders, who work together to identify the most pressing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS in their area and to develop a plan to address those needs. This may involve assessing the availability and quality of HIV/AIDS care and treatment services, identifying gaps in services, and developing strategies to address those gaps.

The Planning Council is also responsible for making funding decisions for the Ryan White Part A Program in their EMA, ensuring that the funds are used to support the priorities identified in the comprehensive plan. The Planning Council also monitors the implementation of the plan and makes adjustments as necessary to ensure that the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS are being met in the most effective and efficient way possible.