Yakima Neighborhood Health Services

Member of the Council badgeYakima Neighborhood Health Services (YNHS), established in 1975, provides comprehensive medical, dental, and public health to thousands of disadvantaged residents each year. In 2004, YNHS helped form the Homeless Network of Yakima County to better address the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness.

YNHS provides comprehensive medical, dental , behavioral health, vision, and basic needs assistance at nine locations in urban and rural settings in the Yakima Valley (Central Washington State). We are also a Coordinated Entry Access point for our local Continuum of Care, and provide permanent supportive housing and medical respite care for literally homeless individuals and families. Services are provided by competent and culturally-appropriate health professionals and support staff. Pharmacy services are available. Patient Navigators help patients apply for health coverage as part of patient registration and intake. A robust HCH outreach team (nurse, behavior health specialist, case manager, health educator, and housing specialist) provide targeted engagement services in the valley’s shelters, streets, and outdoor encampments. Outreach workers serve as a “human recall systems” , deployed to find patients needing follow-up care.

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing services are offered through our Homeless Resource Center.

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing services are also offered through our YNHS Homeless Resource Center.

Services

YNHS provides comprehensive medical, dental , and behavioral health care at seven locations in the Yakima Valley , including one dedicated HCH site located near the city transit center in Yakima. Services are provided by competent and culturally-appropriate health professionals and support staff. Pharmacy services are available. Patient Navigators help patients apply for ACA coverage as part of patient registration and intake. A robust HCH outreach team (nurse, behavior health specialist, case manager, health educator, and housing specialist) provide targeted engagement services in the valley's shelters, streets, and outdoor encampments. Outreach workers serve as a “human recall systems” , deployed to find patients needing follow-up care.

YNHS also provides emergency shelter services, and permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and families (including medical respite care). Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing services are offered through the YNHS Homeless Resource Center. As part of the Homeless Network of Yakima County (our Continuum of Care), YNHS participates in the Coordinated Entry system, identifying the most vulnerable individuals in need of health care and housing, and provides support services to maximize opportunities for success.

YNHS also provides emergency, transitional, and permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and families (including respite care). Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing services are offered through the YNHS Homeless Resource Center.

Statistics

Estimated homeless population: 4,000

Patients served: 2,100