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Barriers to Accessing Higher Levels of Care
Implications for Medical Respite Programs

Resource Topic: Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships, Programs and Services.

Keywords: Care Coordination, Persons Experiencing Homelessness.

Year Developed: 2022

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: Administrative Staff C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.) Clinicians

Language(s): English

Developed by: National Health Care for the Homeless Council (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: This issue brief describes the different levels of care within the health care service continuum a person may need following acute care hospitalization and highlights the admission barriers commonly encountered by people experiencing homelessness. It also illustrates the role of medical respite care programs within this continuum, and outlines action steps that communities can take to improve access to higher levels of care for people experiencing homelessness.

Resource Details: This issue brief describes the different levels of care within the health care service continuum a person may need following acute care hospitalization and highlights the admission barriers commonly encountered by people experiencing homelessness. It also illustrates the role of medical respite care programs within this continuum, and outlines action steps that communities can take to improve access to higher levels of care for people experiencing homelessness. Medical respite care programs should use this issue brief to develop a common language on levels of care, identify appropriate expectations of different discharge venues, and illustrate barriers to care that policy makers should address.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.