HIV Planning Group

The HPG is a group of volunteers who offer a range of HIV-related experience from around the state. Their primary function is to develop the multi-year Comprehensive HIV Care Service Plan. The 5-year Plan provides guidance to the Department of Health, and other organizations in the state, in addressing HIV disease in the state. It covers a range of topics regarding prevention, testing, access to care, quality treatment, and helping people stay in care.

The HPG is guided by the Vision Statement of the Division of HIV Disease and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Pennsylvania will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.



Integrated Care & Prevention Planning
Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program

Special Pharmaceuticals Benefits Program Advisory Council

The Statewide Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program (SPBP) Advisory Council has been established by the Department of Health, Division of HIV Disease to aid the Division in the carrying out of its Federal grant responsibilities for the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C.A. § 300ff-26).  This Council holds four public meeting a year in service of this goal: two in Harrisburg, PA, and two electronically.

The SPBP Advisory Council provides program guidance and recommendations to the SPBP in regard to: drug formulary; covered lab services; drug utilization review; clinical programs; eligibility; and SPBP management.  The HIV Prevention and Care Project supports the Council in its meetings and work, including hosting all publicly available information and deliverables on this site.

For additional information, or persons with a disability who wish to attend the meeting and require auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation, please contact HPCP at  You can also sign up to receive updates and meeting notices from HPCP regarding statewide planning activities by emailing your request to Finally, you may also contact SPBP AC Chair John Haines regarding any of the above at: The Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program, Bureau of Communicable Diseases, Department of Health, Room 611, Health and Welfare Building, 625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120.


Drug Formulary & Lab Services Committee

Drug Utilization Review & Clinical Programs Committe

Program Eligibility & Management Committee

For a list of all upcoming meetings and events, and support documents, click here.

For all meeting minutes and recordings, click here.