When having enough to eat and a safe, dry place to sleep are daily uncertainties, thinking about your health is not really high on your list. Montage Health is taking a proactive approach to our community’s homeless to get them the help they need to get back on track with their health and more. Here are some of the programs we support:
Mobile Health Clinic
With one regular stop (reduced due to COVID-19) on the Peninsula each week, the Montage Health mobile Health Clinic serves the homeless and those who have limited access to healthcare or an inability to pay by going to where they live or where they seek other services.
Multi-disciplinary Outreach Team
Montage Health, Monterey Police Department, District Attorney’s office, Monterey County Behavioral Health, Adult Protective Services, YWCA, and others, combine forces each week, working around the city to address issues at the core of homelessness in a non-punitive way.
Recurrent Visitor Program
People without ready access to healthcare, including the homeless, often find themselves in a hospital emergency department, even for things that aren’t emergencies. It’s the most expensive way to get care, and it can drain resources needed for true emergencies. Community Hospital focuses on these “recurrent visitors,” getting them the care and resources they need in an appropriate setting, and helping them focus on prevention and managing chronic illnesses.
Peninsula Homeless Exchange
Government agencies and community providers work together to align support and services for the homeless.