Care Link – Community Medical Centers, Inc.

Member of the Council badgeCARE LINK – Community Medical Centers, Inc provides primary health care services at local shelters, halfway houses, transitional/treatment programs and on the streets of San Joaquin County through its medical outreach program. Follow-up comprehensive primary care services are available through Channel Medical Center and dental services at San Joaquin Valley Dental Group in Stockton.

Services

Medical services are provided at Channel Medical Center located in a medically underserved area in downtown Stockton, CA and serves patients from homeless shelters in Stockton and the surrounding San Joaquin County. Services include primary medical care for acute/episodic and chronic care, well child exams, pediatrics, women's health (perinatal and Gyn), laboratory, x-ray, pharmacy, nutrition counseling, dental, medical outreach and case management. More than 200 confidential HIV (OraSure) tests were provided through the outreach program. The program has provided immunizations for Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Influenza to homeless patients throughout the year. Medical outreach services are provided through weekly visits to area shelters by an integrated medical and street outreach team. 24 hour emergency on-call, Asthma, Basic Needs, Behavioral Health Care Services, Blood Pressure Monitoring Cancer Screening, Case Management/Social Services, Child Development Services, Chronic Bronchitis/Emphysema, Contraceptives (issued w/counseling), Dental Care, Family Planning, Flu Vaccinations, Gynecology, Health/Nutritional Education, HIV/AIDS screening/education, Immunizations, Labs, Medical Respite Care, Medications/Prescription, Mental Health Counseling, Mental Health Services for Youth, Multidisciplinary Health Teams, Obstetrics, Outreach, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Physical Exams, Primary Health Care, Referrals for Specialty Care, Sexual Abuse Support Services, Smoking Cessation, Substance Abuse Treatment, TB screening/education, Treatment of Acute Illness, Treatment of Chronic Illness, Urgent Care, Well Child Check-ups, X-ray

Linkages

Substance abuse treatment services are accessed through local non-profits, faith based, shelters and other transitional programs. Mental health services are available from San Joaquin County Mental Health - Homeless Engagement and Response Team (H.E.A.R.T) and the Mental Health Crisis Clinic. Linkages for housing services include Central Valley Low Income Housing and San Joaquin Housing Authority along with emergency shelter providers. Care Link developed and coordinated the Stockton Community Coalition for the Homeless with more than 30 agencies actively involved and a Homeless Task Force that brought together agencies and policy makers in the city and county governments to address issues of homelessness. This group was reconvened through the efforts of Stockton City Councilwoman Susan Eggman and is now working to develop a 10 year plan to address homelessness. A significant collaborative effort since the program's inception has been with the Stockton Gospel Cent er Rescue Mission. Together they are working to renovate the Gleason House, an early 1900's era home located on the campus of the GCRM. By early 2011 the Gleason House will become the medical home for Care Link and homeless patients throughout San Joaquin County.

Statistics

Estimated homeless population: 5,500

Patients served: 2,013