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Started in 1985, Nashville CARES' mission is to educate the community for increased understanding and prevention of HIV transmission, to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV disease and their families and to advocate for responsible public policy. Nashville CARES is Tennessee's largest HIV/AIDS agency. Rural Mental Health Services improve the quality of life for individuals living with HIV/AIDS by a) reducing isolation, b) increasing knowledge of HIV/AIDS, c) increasing individual's ability to cope with the challenges of this chronic disease, and d) providing access to other vital support services. The grant requested in this application will be used to fund salary and benefits for mental health staff. 42 (85%) of 50 rural individuals attending support groups will report one or more of the following: a reduction in feelings of disease-related isolation, an increase in knowledge of available resources, and/or an increase in linkage to mental health and other community-based support services. 34 (85%) of 40 rural individuals confronting mental health issues related to HIV/AIDS through individual/couples/family counseling will improve their emotional stability and security by developing and using coping skills in one or more of the following areas: crisis management, social interaction, family interaction, grief resolution, health management, mental functioning, meeting basic/survival needs, and/or HIV risk reduction.