See our 2017 Steering Committee slate, PCI recap, new program news, & more.
See our 2017 Steering Committee slate, PCI recap, new program news, & more.
July • 27 • 2017
A Newsletter for Members of the Respite Care Providers’ Network
2017 RCPN Steering Committee Slate
Respite Care Providers' Network
In January, the RCPN Steering Committee called for nominations to fill four Steering Committee seats opening in July 2017. The RCPN Nominating Committee received a record number of nominations this year. RCPN members attending the 2017 Medical Respite Pre-Conference Institute (PCI) on Wednesday, June 21, in Washington, D.C., confirmed the slate of nominees:
New Members
  • Shakoya Green, MA, MSW, Pathway Recuperative Care, National Health Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pamela Kerr, MSW, The Boulevard, Chicago, IL
  • Dave Munson, MD, Barbara McInnis House, Boston, MA
  • Jordan Wilhelms, Recuperative Care Program, Central City Concern, Portland, OR
Re-Election (2nd Term)
  • Henry Fader, JD, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia, PA
  • Preston Witt, BA, Harmony House, Houston, TX
  • Chair: Brandon Clark, MBA, CEO, Circle the City, Phoenix, AZ
  • Vice-Chair: Rhonda Hauff, MA, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, Yakima, WA
Departing RCPN Steering Committee members include Jessie Gaeta, MD, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program; Jennifer Nelson-Seals, MSHRM, The Boulevard; and Scotti Warren, CSWA, MSW, MPH, Central City Concern. Dr. Gaeta, Ms. Nelson-Seals, and Ms. Warren have provided tremendous leadership during their time 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.
2017 Pre-Conference Institute Roundup
Attendees to the Medical Respite PCI at HCH2017.
Over 100 professionals attended the "Medical Respite Care: Accessing Health and a Pathway Home" PCI at the 2017 National HCH Conference and Policy Symposium. Experts from across the country highlighted such topics as day-to-day management of a medical respite program, responding to the opioid crisis, safety, and end-of-life care. Additionally, participants had the opportunity to engage in information sharing and networking, as well as discussion on financing medical respite care, clinical challenges, and developing partnerships with hospitals. View session materials.
New Policy Brief Examines Funding Options for Medical Respite Programs
Medical respite programs
The Council’s “Medical Respite Care: Financing Approaches” brief and accompanying webinar detail practical considerations for creating or growing financially sustainable medical respite care programs. To help fund this vital care, the brief details medical respite, provides a rationale for creating such programs, outlines financing approaches, and suggests steps for effective implementation. Read the publication and view our archived webinar for an in-depth discussion with Council experts and program staff in Berkeley, CA (single funding source), and Phoenix, AZ (many funding sources).
Alaskan Homeless Shelter Opens Medical Respite Wing
A 10-bed medical respite program began operations early this year in Anchorage, AK. Housed in the Brother Francis Shelter, the medical respite program is now a permanent service offered in the community following a successful 14-month pilot program. The program is a partnership between Catholic Social Services, Southcentral Foundation, Providence Health System-Alaska, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Alaska Regional Hospital, and the Municipality of Anchorage. Staff shared that 80 percent of medical respite guests in the pilot program were discharged to permanent or alternative housing other than returning to emergency shelter. Learn more about the Brother Francis Shelter Medical Respite Program.
Medical Respite Program in Evansville, IN, Highlighted by American Hospital Association
Beds in the facility.
Three years ago, Deaconess Health System partnered with United Caring Services to connect individuals experiencing homelessness in Evansville, IN, with medical respite care services. The program had a successful pilot year, including a 50% reduction in 30-day hospital readmission rates. Deaconess Health System decided not only to continue the program but also to expand the number of beds to six for men and four for women. United Caring Services Executive Director Jason Emmerson credits the program’s growth to the partnership of Deaconess Health System and their commitment to the success of the program. Learn more about the partnership between Deaconess Health System and United Caring Services.
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