One reason for high homeless recidivism is that clients are living on the street while recovering or pending housing or program placement. Currently, there is a two-week wait list for Inpatient Treatment. On the street, the opportunity for relapse is significant, as is the likelihood of infection, loss of medications and failure to adhere to treatment regimens. The program and Salvation Army – MOSOS created a program to provide respite housing for 19 clients in the MOSOS facility. All clients relied heavily on urban core hospitals, including Saint Luke’s. A social worker from hospitals and other organizations worked with each throughout their stay.
Currently (Jan 31, 2015), most (74%) are housed or in inpatient treatment programs.
Mental Health Respite
The MOSOS facility was closed effective this week. Because of the success of the Respite Bed Program, Artists Helping the Homeless, with the support of Saint Luke’s Hospital is opening Bodhi House (*) to provide a stable environment.