View materials from #HCH2019's PCI, new Steering Committee members, & more.
View materials from #HCH2019's PCI, new Steering Committee members, & more.
July • 18 • 2019
A Newsletter for Members of the Respite Care Providers’ Network
#HCH2019 Pre-Conference Institute Roundup
Over 80 professionals attended The Right to Recover: Medical Respite Care from the Perspective of Consumers, Providers, and Funders Pre-Conference Institute at the 2019 National HCH Conference in Washington, D.C. Experts from across the country highlighted such topics as psychology milieu therapy, a payer’s perspective on medical respite care, and integrating consumer engagement into medical respite programming. Additionally, participants had the opportunity to engage in information sharing and networking, as well as small group discussions on harm reduction, clinical challenges, developing community partners, and building sustainable funding. View session materials
Central City Concern Opens New Facility in Portland, OR
On July 9, doors to the Blackburn Center opened in Portland, OR. The new six-story building includes 51 beds dedicated to medical respite clients. In addition to expanded medical respite services, the Blackburn Center includes beds for clients in drug recovery and/or other treatment programs, permanent supportive housing, and a 40,000-square-foot clinic and pharmacy. Eventually, the program will also include 10 units offering end-of-life palliative care. Read more about the Blackburn Center here
Help Us Update Our Medical Respite Program Directory
The Council maintains a national directory of medical respite programs on our website, and we need your assistance to keep it up to date. Please complete our profile form if your program is missing from our Medical Respite Program Directory. If your profile needs updates, contact Julia Dobbins.
Additionally, the Council hosts an HCH Grantee directory and a Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) directory. If either of these directories apply to your organization, please review and submit updates by July 19. For questions about the HCH Grantee directory, please contact Krista Myatt. For questions about the CAB directory, please contact Katherine Cavanaugh.
2019/2020 RCPN  Steering Committee
In January, the RCPN Steering Committee called for nominations to fill five seats opening in July 2019. The RCPN Nominating Committee reviewed the nominations and recommended a slate of nominees. The following are our newly elected members:  
  • LaSonya Kelly, LCSW-C, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
  • Susannah King, MSW, LICSW, Hennepin County Health Care for the Homeless, Minneapolis, MN
  • Brooks Ann McKinney, MSW, Cone Health and Hospitals/Triad Health Network ACO, Greensboro, NC
  • Annie Nicol, FNP, PA, Petaluma Health Center, Petaluma, CA
  • Courtney Pladsen, DNP, FNP, Greater Portland Health, Portland, ME
  • Chair: Dave Munson, MD, Barbara McInnis House, Boston, MA
  • Vice-Chair: Donna Biederman, DrPH, MN, RN, Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, NC
Departing RCPN Steering Committee members include Rhonda Hauff, MA, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, Yakima, WA, and Chauna Brocht, LCSW-C, Health Care for the Homeless, Inc., Baltimore, MD. Ms. Hauff and Ms. Brocht have provided outstanding leadership during their 6-year tenure on the Steering Committee. We are very grateful for their generosity, compassion, and dedication to improving access to quality medical respite care across the country.
Place recently highlighted medical respite in the article, Medical Respite Offers a Place to Rest in U.S. Cities Battling HomelessnessWashington-based writer Carey Biron interviewed Council staff as well as Organizational Members Christ House and Central City Concern. Read the article
Archived Webinar: Medical Respite Programs and the Triple Aim Framework
You can now view the archived recording and materials from our recent webinar on developing outcome measures for your respite program that align with the priorities of partner hospitals and community stakeholders. The webinar and corresponding policy brief explore how to use the Triple Aim Framework’s performance measures to improve program value, increase recognition as a community resource, and develop more sustainable funding streams. Access the materials. 
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