Read about our #HCH2020 Respite PCI, new research, & nomination calls.
Read about our #HCH2020 Respite PCI, new research, & nomination calls.
January • 23 • 2020
A Newsletter for Members of the Respite Care Providers’ Network
Join Us for the Medical Respite Pre-Conference Institute at #HCH2020
Please join us at the 2020 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium on May 11, 2020, in Phoenix, AZ, for a one-day Pre-Conference Institute (PCI), Medical Respite Care: Quality & Equity in Action. As the preeminent national voice on medical respite care, the Respite Care Providers' Network (RCPN) Steering Committee has organized this PCI to examine current and emerging issues in the field. This all-day session offers panels, presentations, and interactive discussions on harm reduction, managing substance use, palliative care, and responding to chronic health issues beyond the scope of your medical respite program. We are excited to host national experts sharing best practices and innovative ideas around funding, developing community partnerships, engaging in advocacy, and diversity and equity in medical respite care. Separate sessions will be available for participants who are new to medical respite care and those seasoned providers interested in more advanced content. We hope you'll join us! Registration is now open for the Pre-Conference Institute and #HCH2020.
Staff at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program published an article in the journal Medical Care entitled “Thirty Day Hospital Readmission Among Homeless Individuals With Medicaid In Massachusetts.” The authors examined factors associated with readmission rates following hospital discharge for Medicaid members experiencing homelessness in Massachusetts. They found that of those analyzed, readmission rates for individuals without homes were more than double the average national Medicaid member readmission rate. Additionally, being discharged to medical respite care was associated with reduced readmission. Read the findings.
RCPN Coffee Chat: Addressing Cognitive Impairment in Medical Respite
Join us on January 30, 2020, at 1 p.m. CT for the first of two Medical Respite Providers' Coffee Chats as we discuss cognitive and memory impairment. Occupational Therapists from Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore will serve as panelists for this free webinar. Participants will share questions, experiences, challenges, and resources on treating cognitive impairment in a medical respite setting. Sign up today!
Nominate an Outstanding Medical Respite Program for the Willie J. Mackey National Medical Respite Award

Willie Joe Mackey at the 2016 National HCH Conference and Policy Symposium

Help us recognize outstanding contributions to the field of medical respite care that improve the lives and health of people without homes by nominating a program for the Willie J. Mackey National Medical Respite Award. Contributions to the field can include (but are not limited to) clinical care, program development, policy change, advocacy, community collaboration, or innovations in research. One representative from the awardee organization will receive a waived conference fee, three nights at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, and reimbursement for travel expenses to attend #HCH2020. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2020. Learn more.  
We invite you to nominate yourself, a colleague, or a program participant to join the RCPN Steering Committee for terms beginning July 1, 2020. The committee meets monthly and helps guide the work of the National HCH Council as it relates to medical respite care. In addition to monthly conference calls, committee members meet annually in person at the Council’s Leadership Summit and National HCH Conference. The Steering Committee currently has two positions open: one for an administrator or clinician and one for a consumer representative. Learn more about the RCPN and submit a nomination by March 1, 2020.
Reminder: Help Us Highlight Your Program's Continuum of Care Collaboration
The Council is seeking input from medical respite programs about their experiences partnering with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuums of Care (CoC). Your feedback will help to inform an upcoming publication on the benefits of these relationships. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Barbara DiPietro, Senior Director of Policy, by Friday, February 7, 2020, to talk further about your program's experience.
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