38-Foot bus provides both medical and behavioral health services to the chronically homeless in PBC.
West Palm Beach, FL (August 13, 2019) --The City of West Palm Beach Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), The Health Care District of Palm Beach County and C.L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics are now operating a state of-the-art mobile health clinic to deliver medical and behavioral health services to chronically homeless residents of Palm Beach County.
The 38-foot bus provides medical and behavioral health services including general medicine, psychosocial assessments, therapy by a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), telepsychiatry, and pharmacy services. This offers a “one-stop-shop” model of comprehensive medical care at various sites that supply homeless residents with resources and supplies throughout the county. The clinic currently operates Monday - Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with a published monthly schedule. Patients are accepted with or without insurance regardless and regardless of ability to pay.
The technologically advanced clinic is able to serve up to four patients at once and features two fully equipped exam rooms including an ADA compliant counseling room with a wheelchair-accessible bathroom and hydraulic wheelchair lift. The bus also showcases three TV monitors for patient education. Other features include a large exterior electric retractable awning to provide shade and wireless access to the Health Care District’s electronic health record system.
The ultimate goal is to establish the C.L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics’ brick-and-mortar locations as the medical home for patients on their road to recovery and a sustained healthy lifestyle.
“The Mobile Health Clinic is a wonderful, innovative way the City is working address the issue of homelessness in our community,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “Through the City’s robust programs, services, and community partnerships, we are addressing the root causes of homelessness in a thoughtful and compassionate manner and, because of our efforts, have seen a 24% reduction of homelessness in our City in the last year. We are grateful to the Health Care District of Palm Beach County and the C.L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics for partnering with us on the Mobile Health Clinic.”
“The Mobile Health Center will work closely with the City’s Homeless Engagement Team to provide primary care, mental health and addiction recovery services to the homeless populations in an effort to stabilize them and get them off the streets. This partnership will expand the City’s efforts to meet people “where they are,” said Jennifer Ferriol, Director of Housing and Community Development.
For more information on the Mobile Health Clinic, call 561-642-1000 or visit BrumbackClinics.org. For information on the City’s programs and services addressing the issue of homelessness, please visit: https://wpb.org/Departments/Housing-Community-Development/Homelessness/WPB-Homeless-Resources-Overview.
Photo: The 38-foot long Mobile Health Clinic parked in West Palm Beach.