An on‐site health home for homeless men in addiction recovery [2018]

Patients with comorbid substance abuse, mental health disorders, and chronic health conditions face difficult challenges when attempting to access health care. A large gospel rescue mission developed an onsite wellness center, based on an integrated, embedded practice health home model, to promote health care access among homeless men in addiction recovery. The center model integrated primary care with behavioral health, specialty care referrals, and wellness services to address the multifaceted needs of the population. Standardized health care performance measures and resident and staff feedback support the effectiveness of the model in promoting improved health care access and treatment adherence. Future directions for program expansion include infrastructure development, expanded community outreach, and evaluation of effectiveness of the onsite health home through systematic program evaluation and research.

Mary Lashley
Public Health Nursing, 09 December 2018