This program focuses on the delivery of Health Care that effectively integrates Primary Care, Mental Health Care, Substance Abuse Treatment and Intensive Case Management services focusing on the unique needs and circumstances of Tarrant County residents experiencing homelessness.
In 2007, Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks established a Blue Ribbon Task Force on Health Care for the Homeless. The Commissioner brought together partners from the Fort Worth/Arlington/Tarrant County Continuum of Care, the City of Fort Worth’s Directions Home Plan, and stakeholders from every major care provider and challenged them to develop a plan for the effective delivery of care to the homeless.
Goal: A Plan for the Delivery of Health Care that effectively integrates Primary Care, Mental Health Care, Substance Abuse Treatment and Intensive Case Management services focusing on the unique needs and circumstances of Tarrant County residents experiencing homelessness.
A well coordinated and centralized system of care will greatly improve the health outcomes for the most vulnerable persons in our community as well as save money by reducing emergency and urgent care. Developing further innovations and planning will position Tarrant County to take full advantage of emerging federal resources.
Results: Since the publication in 2008 of the “A Plan for the Delivery of Health Care to the Homeless Plan” by the Center for Community Health at the UNT Health Science Center, many gaps identified in the plan have been addressed. Implementation of these new processes and programs have greatly improved health service delivery and care for persons experiencing homelessness. Highlights of these improvements include:
New Developments: In June 2012, Commissioner Brooks reconvened the original Blue Ribbon Task Force along with new members to discuss current programs and initiatives and identify next steps for the Healthcare for the Homeless Plan.
The Task Force examined each component of Emergency, Primary, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Treatment care to develop a highly detailed needs analysis. The Task Force examined best practices nationally and engaged technical assistance from the Health Care for the Homeless National Council to pursue a Health Care for the Homeless project for Tarrant County.
In August, 2013, The Fort Worth Foundation and JPS Health Network teamed up to build and run an adult medical clinic and social services complex near the East Lancaster Avenue.
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