Santa Cruz County Homeless Persons Health Project

The Santa Cruz Homeless Persons Health Project (HPHP) provides comprehensive health care and support services through the on-site Coral Street Clinic and Dispensary, a walk-in Public Heatlh Nurse Clinic, benefits advocacy and Representative Payee services, supportive housing programs, two county clinics, four multidisciplinary case management teams, and a network of community programs. The HPHP Adult Team operates a “black bag” public health nurse-anchored model, providing outreach, referrals, and social services. HPHP’s Project Connect team serves frequent users of hospital emergency departments. HPHP offers HIV counseling/testing on-site. HPHP was awarded a SAMHSA CSAT Grant, Project Home Base, to provide supportive services to homeless persons with co-occuring disorders who are entering permanent, supportive housing. HPHP is in the planning stages for a Recuperative Care Center to provide medical respite for homeless individuals being discharged fr om area hospitals.

Services

HPHP provides comprehensive care and support services through a small primary care clinic and dispensary, two county clinics, four multidisciplinary service teams, and a network of community programs. The Adult and Youth/Family services teams operate a "black bag" public health nurse-anchored model, providing outreach, a drop-in nurse clinic, harm reduction, referrals, social services, HIV counseling/testing, and transportation assistance. HPHP collaborates with county mental health and substance abuse services to implement integrated services emphasizing Housing First and employment for individuals with serious mental illness. Acupuncturists, Asthma, Basic Needs, Behavioral Health Care Services, Blood Pressure Monitoring, Cancer Screening, Case Management/Social Services, Chronic Bronchitis/Emphysema, Contraceptives (issued w/counseling), Dental Care, Diabetes Testing/Care, Electronic Medical Records, Family Planning, Flu Vaccinations, Gynecology, Health/Nutritional Education, Hepatitis C screening/treatment, HIV/AIDS screening/education, Immunizations, Labs, Medical Respite Care, Medications/Prescription, Mental Health Counseling, Mental Health Services for Youth, Multidisciplinary Health Teams, Outreach, Pharmacy, Physical Exams, Pneumococcal vaccine, Primary Health Care, Referrals for Specialty Care, Services in Supportive Housing, Smoking Cessation, Substance Abuse Treatment, TB screening/education, Treatment of Acute Illness, Treatment of Chronic Illness, Urgent Care

Linkages

In Santa Cruz, linkages include the Homeless Services Center Day Resource Center, the Rebele Family Shelter, Page Smith Community House Transitional Housing Program, the Paul Lee Loft Shelter,and the River Street Shelter. Additional linkages include agencies participating in a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-linked Continuum of Care planning body, Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center, Santa Cruz AIDS Project, Mental Health Client Action Network, County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and Dominican Hospital. In Watsonville linkages include the Salvation Army, Pajaro Valley Shelter Services, and Watsonville Community Hospital.

Statistics

Estimated homeless population: 6,500

Patients served: 6,144

Subcontractors

Community Action Board Shelter Project

501 Soquel Avenue, Suite E Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Contact:
Paul Brindel
Phone:
(831) 457-1741
Fax:
(831) 457-0617

Dientes Community Dental Clinic

930 Mision Street, #2 Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Contact:
Will Hahn
Phone:
(831) 464-5420
Fax:
(831) 459-7327
Email:
will@dientes.org

Janus of Santa Cruz

200 7th Avenue, Suite 150 Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Contact:
Rod Libbey
Phone:
(831) 432-1060
Fax:
(831) 462-4970
Email:
rod_libbey@janussc.org

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Watsonville Center

40 Penny Lane Watsonville, CA 95076
Contact:
Linda Gray
Phone:
(831) 724-7525 x 113
Fax:
(831) 724-7438
Email:
linda_gray@ppmarmonte.org