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Ryan White and ADAP

In 1984, Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS at the age of 13. Ryan and his family worked tirelessly to combat the discrimination and fear surrounding HIV and AIDS. His struggles to continue attending public school and access needed services made national headlines. Today, Congress continues to fund care and treatment services for people living with HIV through the Ryan White Treatment Modernization Act. First passed in 1990, the purpose of this legislation is to improve the quality and availability of medical care for people with HIV/AIDS and their affected families. Part of this legislation funds the Oregon AIDS Drugs Assistance Program (ADAP) or CAREAssist. CAREAssist helps people living with HIV or AIDS pay for medication and other medical care expenses.

More information about Ryan White and the AIDS Drugs Assistance Program is available on the Health Resources and Services Administration website.


In 2023, CAREAssist contracted with PDES to conduct a survey of CAREAssist clients to assess client satisfaction and quality of life.

Read the 2023 CAREAssist Client Survey Results

CAREAssist Policies & Procedures

CAREAssist Policies and Procedures - English       CAREAssist Policies and Procedures - Spanish

If you have questions related to CAREAssist policy, please call the program at 971-673-0144 or send email to

CAREAssist Advisory Group

The RWHAP legislation does not mandate an ADAP-specific advisory committee; however, the Oregon ADAP, CAREAssist, convenes an advisory group meeting quarterly.  The CAREAssist Advisory Group is an open meeting comprised of clinicians, pharmacists, service providers, people with HIV, representatives from other RWHAP Parts, health department staff, contractors, and other state program staff.  The Advisory Group convenes to address needs of the ADAP; which may include program policy, benefits, utilization, quality management and formulary. The Advisory Group is a venue to share informed perspectives, advice and recommendations.  It is not a decision-making body.  For information on attending the CAREAssist Advisory Group, please contact Kris Harvey, CAREAssist Program Coordinator, at 503-428-2805.

Meeting Minutes

CAREAssist  Advisory Group Notes June, 2023

CAREAssist Advisory Group Notes September, 2023

CAREAssist Advisory Group Notes December, 2023

CAREAssist Advisory Group Notes March, 2024

CAREAssist Oregon Administrative Rule