Contemporary Family Services, Inc. (CFS) has strived to be the premier strengths-based provider of holistic and seamless systems of care for the most vulnerable children and families since 1998. In 2017 with support of funding from a grant by Prince Georges County Health Department Suburban Maryland Ryan White Part A Administrative Agent we were able to add Ryan White HIV/AIDS services. These resources are a part of the Washington DC EMA funding from the federal government Health Resource Administration (HRSA) for the treatment and care of those impacted by HIV/AIDS. CFS has assembled a unique team to identify, educate, engage, treat and care for youth and adults that are HIV/AIDS positive. Our team service delivery model organically integrates counseling, support groups and wrap-around services that will help to enhance participant’s lives in Suburban Maryland and the greater region of Washington, DC.

Ryan White

Ryan White (December 6, 1971 – April 8, 1990) [1] was an American teenager from Kokomo, Indiana who became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS in the United States, after being expelled from middle school because of his infection. A hemophiliac, he became infected with HIV from a contaminated blood treatment and, when diagnosed in December 1984, was given six months to live. Doctors said he posed no risk to other students, but AIDS was poorly understood at the time, and when White tried to return to school, many parents and teachers in Kokomo rallied against his attendance. [2] A lengthy legal battle with the school system ensued, and media coverage of the case made White into a national celebrity and spokesman for AIDS research and public education. He appeared frequently in the media with celebrities such as Elton John, Michael Jackson and Phil Donahue. Surprising his doctors, White lived five years longer than predicted and died in April 1990, one month prior to his high school graduation.

Before White, AIDS was a disease widely associated with the male gay community, because it was first diagnosed among gay men. That perception shifted as White and other prominent HIV-infected people, such as Magic Johnson, the Ray brothers and Kimberly Bergalis, appeared in the media to advocate for more AIDS research and public education to address the epidemic. The U.S. Congress passed a major piece of AIDS legislation, the Ryan White Care Act, shortly after White’s death. The Act was reauthorized in 2006 and again on October 30, 2009; Ryan White Programs are the largest provider of services for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States.

What is HIV/AIDS?

  • HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which causes the disease called AIDS.

  • AIDS stands for Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome, and is a sexually transmitted disease.

  • AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection and it can take years for a person infected with HIV to reach this stage.

  • Having AIDS means that the virus has weakened the immune system to the point at which the body has a difficult time fighting any infections.

  • Recovery Model

  • However, with today’s new treatments, people who are HIV-positive can live full, active lives, and avoid progressing to AIDS, if the viral infection is known at an early stage.

Targeted Area

Contemporary Family Services, Inc. operates two (2) locations in suburban Maryland at its Prince George’s County sites in Hyattsville, and another in Montgomery County in Germantown. Our standard center hours of service are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. and limited Saturday’s (by appointment) from 10:00 AM. – 1:00 PM. Evening hours are generally available by appointment. CFS also maintains a 24-hour access line to which clients may call to access guidance for services.

However, Medical Case Managers (MCM) typically maintain both traditional (9:00am – 5:30pm), and non-traditional hours, to enable services to be rendered in the community and at the convenience of the individuals seeking services. The non-traditional evening hours afford flexible scheduling to ensure services can be delivered at the most convenient times for the consumer. We also serve other key Suburban Maryland areas which include Calvert, Charles, and Frederick Counties. CFS serves clients – through its regional case management approach – throughout the District of Columbia as well.

Targeted Population

HRSA estimates that more than half a million people receive at least one medical, health, or related support service through the program each year; many clients receive multiple types of services. In 2015:
  • Nearly two-thirds (65%) of clients had incomes at or below the federal poverty level (FPL) (which in 2017 is $11,880 for a single person or $24,300 for a family of four); an additional 27% had incomes between 101% and 250% FPL.

  • More than one-fifth (21%) of clients were uninsured. This is a decrease from 28% in 2013, prior to enactment of the major coverage provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, most clients (79%) are insured – covered by Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, and other sources – but face limits with their coverage or need help with costs.

  • Reflecting the demographics of HIV in the U.S., clients are largely male (71%); between the ages 40 and 59 (55%); people of color (73%); and nearly half (48%) are gay or bisexual men.

Service Delivery Area #1
Minority AIDS Initiative – (MAI)
Targeted Ages 13-30

Core Medical Services

Service Delivery Area #2
Regular – Part A

Support Services

Regional Locations

Washington, DC 20020
Phone: (202) 621-8536
Fax: (202) 621-8946

Washington, DC 20020
Phone: (202) 735-0761
Fax: (202) 735-0794
Washington, DC 20011
Phone: (202) 525-1527