Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, Inc.

Member of the Council badgeAlbuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH) provides services at a consolidated health campus and through extensive outreach. The centralized campus is located in the city and service area core, near emergency shelters, hospitals, meal sites, and main public transportation routes.  The AHCH mission is to provide caring and comprehensive health and integrated supportive services, linking people experiencing homelessness to individual and collective solutions and to be a leader in implementing innovative service models and a catalyst for solutions to homelessness and to uphold a commitment to diversity and equity.

Services

AHCH operates a free-standing medical clinic, offering integrated primary care, behavioral health care, volunteer-run optometry, and referrals to specialty care such as dermatology, podiatry, neurology, pain, pulmonary, and specialty clinics. A motel voucher program lodges people who are homeless who require shelter during recuperation from illnesses and provides emergency shelter for families in crisis. The dental clinic offers emergency, preventive, and restorative care. AHCH also offers a daily drop-in center in an expanded 8,600 square foot Resource Center, providing client advocacy, public benefits enrollment, and short and long -term case management for housing. A harm reduction team conducts outreach, testing, and counseling, as well as prevention education and syringe services. The project provides a continuum of behavioral health services based on harm reduction and community/social models of recovery for co-occurring and multiple disorders. These include art therapy and an art-as-therapy community open studio project and individual and group counseling and therapy.

An expanded list of services:
Acupuncturists, Asthma, Basic Needs, Behavioral Health Care Services, Blood Pressure Monitoring, Case Management/Social Services, Child Development Services, Contraceptives (issued w/counseling), Dental Care, Diabetes Testing/Care, Electronic Medical Records, Family Planning, Flu Vaccinations, Health/Nutritional Education, HIV/AIDS screening/education, Immunizations, Labs, Medications/Prescription, Mental Health Counseling, Mental Health Services for Youth, Mobile Van/Transportation, Multidisciplinary Health Teams, On-the-job training, Optometry Services, Outreach, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Physical Exams, Pneumococcal vaccine, Primary Health Care, Referrals for Specialty Care, Services in Supportive Housing, Smoking Cessation, Specialty Care, Substance Abuse Treatment, Trauma, Treatment of Acute Illness, Treatment of Chronic Illness, Urgent Care, Well Child Check-ups

Linkages

AHCH coordinates service delivery and links to public and private hospitals and clinics and a range of homeless service providers, including behavioral health providers, shelters, meal sites, transitional housing programs, clothing banks, detention centers, social service organizations, job training/employment, and educational support services.

Statistics

Estimated homeless population: 12,000-16,000

Patients served: 4,420