Counseling and Testing

Dear ClASS Consultants and Interested Parties:

These updated and revised Administrative and Financial Modules (and accompanying Guidance documents) are based on recent revisions to U.S. government regulations. The 2 CFR 200 OMB Uniform Guidance: Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) was implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as 45 CFR Part 75. The goal was to streamline guidance for Federal awards to ease administrative burden, strengthen oversight of Federal funds to reduce risks of waste, fraud and abuse, and increase efficiency and effectiveness of Federal awards.

For all trained ClASS Administrative and Finance consultants, we encourage you to review both the new Guidance and Modules in preparation for any future involvement in ClASS assessment activities.

ClASS Counseling and Testing Module

Last updated: Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:25

The HIV Counseling and Testing Module of the ClASS Toolkit is a guide for reviewers conducting assessments of facilities or programs providing HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) services. The module assesses the comprehensiveness and quality of all models of HTC services provided, including client-initiated voluntary HTC, integrated Provider-Initiated Testing and Counseling offered to patients at health facilities, and community-based HTC which includes mobile and home-based testing and counseling services. The module also assesses linkages to all forms of HIV prevention, treatment and care, such as Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision, STIs, Opportunistic Infections, and sexual and reproductive health services. This module is divided into six sections covering the following areas:

  1. Facility, Staffing and Services
  2. HTC Protocols and Procedures
  3. Laboratory services
  4. Linkages and Referrals
  5. Community Mobilization, Outreach and HTC Promotion
  6. Quality Assurance

Each section begins with a set of core competencies followed by a series of questions that can be used to facilitate discussions with organization representatives. This module is meant to be used as a “stand alone” tool to assess non-clinic based HTC services [stand-alone voluntary HTC and community based HTC], in addition to integrated HTC services.