Ryan White Regional Dental Program

The Ryan White Dental Program provides dental services for people who are HIV positive. The program was established in order to assist HIV positive individuals in maintaining their oral health, nutrition and to avoid infections. This program provides services only as a “payor of last resort."


Eligibility is determined by a Medical Care Manager where the HIV positive individual is a client. The client must be: medically diagnosed as HIV positive, a resident of one of the 24 counties served by the East Tennessee Ryan White Title II Consortium, have exhausted all other benefits and payment options.


  1. Provide payment to dentists, on behalf of qualified individuals, so that there is a continuum of dental care.
  2. Maintenance of oral hygiene in order to assist HIV positive individuals with their nutritional needs.
  3. Recruit qualified dental clinicians who are willing to provide dental care for HIV positive individuals.

Explanation of Services

The Ryan White Dental Program was established due to the fact that many HIV positive individuals were having trouble accessing dental care. This lack of dental care was leading to increased numbers of oral infections and poor nutrition among the HIV positive population. The Tennessee Department of Health provides ETHRA with the funds to reimburse approved dentists for services performed on qualified HIV positive individuals. ETHRA approves all services and any treatment plan with an annual limit in excess of $1,500 must have prior approval.

Number of Persons Served

Approximately 200 clients.

Source of Funding

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services under the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS (CARE) Act. This program is administered by, The State of Tennessee, Department of Health.

Counties Served

Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington and Union.

For More Information Please Contact: Pat Ford at 865-691-2551, ext. 4233 or by E-mail at Pford@ethra.org.