Project Term: 24 months; 2016-2018
Grant Amount: $50,000
The Poverello Center Medical Respite Program partners with St. Patrick Hospital, Community Medical Center, and other Missoula area providers to provide rooms and care coordination for homeless individuals who are recovering from illness, injury or acute medical conditions and require privacy, rest and additional care for full recovery. This proposal will expand on the existing medical respite program by supporting more robust care coordination by the center, evaluate the health outcomes achieved by the program, and strengthen and formalize partnerships and funding agreements with the hospitals that refer to the center. The long-term goal is to decrease medical costs and to improve the overall health of homeless individuals in Missoula and the surrounding communities.