The Maximally Assisted Therapy (MAT) Program is a medication adherence support program for Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents who are living with HIV.
The program offers HIV case management support by minimizing barriers and improving access to anti-retroviral therapy through an interdisciplinary team. The MAT team is comprised of the client’s physician, registered nurses, a clinical pharmacist, a social worker and community liaison workers.
MAT clients experience multiple barriers to medication adherence primarily related to the overlapping challenges of addictions, psychiatric problems, and homelessness. Some of the services provided in MAT are daily dispensing of HIV medications, daily outreach, performing and monitoring blood work, working closely with their physician, health promotion and education, advocacy and case management with housing, income assistance, appointments and referrals.
The program is located at Downtown Community Health Centre, an inner city primary care clinic and is a part of Vancouver Coastal Health. The MAT Program is open 7 days per week, 365 days per year.