Onsite Medical Services
Onsite Medical Services It’s hard to access preventative health care services when you’re living without shelter and with severe and persistent mental illness. So, it’s not surprising that most people who experience chronic homelessness get most of their medical care in emergency rooms, often after routine conditions have become matters of life and death. There’s […]
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DESC: Housing & Health to End Homelessness …
(1 days ago) Housing & Health to End Homelessness. Explore what we do: Recent News Watch Impact Film Festival on Sept. 23! Sign up to watch DESC’s Impact Film Festival via Zoom, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.! Settle in at home with the device of your choice for an evening of juried short (under 10 …
Support, Advocacy, Growth and Employment …
(3 days ago) This includes help with obtaining and maintaining housing, improving clinical and social stability and enriching their level of independence and self-sufficiency. SAGE services are licensed under the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery and are provided under contract with King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division.
Substance Use Disorder Treatment
(1 days ago) Substance Use Disorder Treatment The Substance Use Disorders Team serves clients who may be, or are considering changing their use patterns, using substances in a safer manner, seeking medication assisted treatment (MAT), or working toward stopping use altogether. Using harm-reduction techniques and evidence-based practices, we serve each client using a low barrier, individualized, strengths
Community Outreach and Advocacy Team …
(Just Now) Community Outreach and Advocacy Team (COAT) COAT was developed to provide multidisciplinary services focused on equity and social justice, to those affected by legal competency services and the criminal justice system. The team includes an occupational therapist, and mental health professionals that specialize in mental health evaluations and therapeutic treatment, crisis services, community
(8 days ago) Health, housing and human services see historic wins in Legislature. Among the historic health, housing and human services bills the Washington state Legislature passed this year were several big DESC priorities. Some are now law, while others await Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature. The landmark investments will benefit Permanent Supportive
Lew Middleton Drop In Center
(7 days ago) Housing & Health to End Homelessness. Lew Middleton Drop-In Center 216 James Street Seattle, WA 98104. The Lew Middleton Drop-In Center was started by Washington state’s longest standing Certified Peer Counselor, Lew Middleton Jr. Since 1994, the center is and continuously aims to be a safe space for an incredibly special and diverse population.
(Just Now) Housing & Health to End Homelessness. Supportive Housing. To DESC, supportive housing means much more than a building with services. The design of the facility, staffing patterns, program values and ways of interacting with residents all combine to create a program that helps people succeed over the long term.
Move In Kits welcome new tenants home
(9 days ago) Housing & Health to End Homelessness. Move In Kits welcome new tenants home. Posted on July 12, 2021 July 20, 2021 by Claire Tuohy-Morgan. On Resolution Day, July 15, help welcome a person moving from homelessness into supportive housing. DESC Move In Kits give new residents the essentials to begin their next chapters.
OPIOID OVERDOSE RESPONSE AND NALOXONE …
(3 days ago) the American Public Health Association both have policies supporting the availability of take home naloxone. Naloxone is widely available through King County Public Health through the Needle Exchange Program. 5.0 Definitions (See Appendix A) 6.0 Applicable WACs (Washington Administrative Code) or …
Consultation and Technical Assistance
(Just Now) Throughout our many years of operating low-barrier programming, we have developed tools and strategies to ensure shelter, supportive housing, and outpatient behavioral health care is designed to serve clients with the highest needs with the fewest barriers possible. DESC offers technical assistance on …
Crisis Diversion Facility
(4 days ago) Crisis Diversion Facility. The Crisis Diversion Facility (CDF) is a 16-bed state-licensed Residential Treatment Facility. The CDF will only accept individuals in behavioral crisis who are referred by first responders in King County, including law enforcement, Fire Department/Medic One units, Designated Crisis Responders and hospital emergency department social workers.
Vulnerability Assessment Tool
(2 days ago) Vulnerability Assessment Tool The people who use our shelters are among the poorest and most vulnerable members of our community. Many cope with one or more major disability or life problem that contribute to their becoming or remaining homeless. Among these, mental illness and substance use disorders, and physical or developmental disabilities are the most […]
(8 days ago) Housing & Health to End Homelessness. The Navigation Center. The Navigation Center is a new low-barrier, service-enriched shelter targeting high-needs homeless adults living in encampments. Onsite services include hygiene facilities, 24/7 staffing, and intensive case management. The program offers highly marginalized people the opportunity to
Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT)
(4 days ago) Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) DESC is honored to be one of the few agencies in Washington to deliver a Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT). PACT is a nationally recognized practice that works with people with serious and persistent mental illness, assisting them in …
Homeless Outreach Stabilization and Transition (HOST) …
(3 days ago) Homeless Outreach Stabilization and Transition (HOST) Homeless Outreach Stabilization and Transition (HOST) is a multi-disciplinary team of health, substance use disorder and medical professionals. The team provides critical survival services and engagement to adults who are experiencing severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders in addition to homelessness. The HOST team
Mobile Crisis Team
(7 days ago) Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) The Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) is a 43-member team of Mental Health Professionals and Substance Use Disorder Professionals. The MCT accepts referrals from first responders (police and fire), the King County Crisis Connections Line and Designated Crisis Responders (DCRs) for any individual who is experiencing a behavioral health crisis including mental […]
Services and Housing to Access Recovery Program …
(1 days ago) Services and Housing to Access Recovery Program (SHARP) SHARP is a multidisciplinary team providing outreach and engagement services to adults experiencing chronic homelessness and living with co-occurring mental health and substance use issues. SHARP supports clients in obtaining permanent supportive housing and continues to provide outreach services after move-in to ensure client success. 94
DESC’s Navigation Center Opens
(1 days ago) DESC’s Navigation Center Opens. A roundup of news coverage from the opening of the new Navigation Center. “Neighbors worry Navigation Center homeless shelter opening being rushed” – Q13 Fox (June 28, 2017) “King County, Seattle and other cities unite on regional plan to confront homelessness” – King County news (April 3, 2017
Housing Opportunities and Meaningful Engagement …
(Just Now) The program used an integrated and trauma-informed approach to connect veterans and non-veterans to care, increase social inclusion, and reduce health disparities. Individuals benefiting from this project met the definition of chronic homelessness and have substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.
A Note About Our Main Shelter
(4 days ago) The shelter provides basic services: a safe place to sleep, bathrooms and showers, healthcare for physical and behavioral health needs, meals, and case managers to help people escape homelessness. We wish we had the resources to provide even more of these services. People typically first come to the shelter during the worst times of their lives
Housing, Care and Support
(6 days ago) outcomes of single-site HF programs on alcohol use, mental health and quality of life outcomes for all populations receiving single-site HF. Practical implications – The accumulating research and clinical evidence have indicated that HF is key to engaging and housing chronically homeless individuals.
Crisis Diversion Interim Services (CDIS)
(7 days ago) Crisis Diversion Interim Services (CDIS) The Crisis Diversion Interim Services (CDIS) is a 30-bed “step-down” program which admits clients referred directly from the Crisis Diversion Facility (CDF) 72-hour program who are homeless or at risk for homelessness. Clients may stay up to 14 days and will have access to psychiatric services, mental health and chemical […]
City of Seattle investments will expand needed …
(8 days ago) DESC is a licensed behavioral health treatment provider, and all five of the MHPs will be provided through a contract with DESC. DESC employs nearly 40 doctors and nurses in our programs to provide care ranging from consultations on chronic illnesses to primary care related to acute injuries or illness. We also have established long-term
Crisis Solutions Center
(6 days ago) Health Professionals and hospital emergency departments social workers. Clients may stay in this program for up to 72 hours, and receive stabilization, evaluation and psychiatric services, mental health and chemical dependency assessments and intensive case management. 2. The Crisis Diversion Interim Services (CDIS) is a 30-bed “step-down
Housing First and the Criminal Justice System
(7 days ago) Housing First and the Criminal Justice System. The recent report studying the behaviors of a sample of people with repeated criminal offenses in Seattle highlighted a problem we see at DESC frequently – for some, the relationship between the criminal justice system and the streets and emergency shelters is …
Queen Anne Shelter
(9 days ago) Housing & Health to End Homelessness. Queen Anne Shelter. What is the Queen Anne Shelter (QAS)? The QAS is a shelter that provides overnight beds to homeless men in Seattle on a year-round basis. The purpose of the project is to increase the number of shelter beds that DESC provides nightly and to make these beds more accessible to individuals
HOUSING AND HEALTH TO END HOMELESSNESS
(7 days ago) health clinic. 2018. The Estelle opens with . 15 rooms set aside for Harborview patients. 2019. Harborview begins care at . The Lyon and The Union, two of DESC’s supportive housing programs in Pioneer Square. 7 . Responding to a National Crisis. A lack of affordable housing is the key driver of
Building better crisis response systems
(1 days ago) Lesson 2: When people are in crisis, specialists trained in behavioral health and conflict de-escalation should be the first responders. DESC is already a part of King County’s crisis response system. Fire fighters, police and EMTs call on our Mobile Crisis Teams for support and resolution when people are having behavioral health crises.
Making 'formerly homeless' the new reality
(2 days ago) Making ‘formerly homeless’ the new reality. SEATTLE – On Oct. 7, Downtown Emergency Service Center opened Phase 1 of Hobson Place, a new supportive housing project in Seattle. When fully complete, Hobson Place, will host a total of 177 new homes and a clinic that will serve on-site tenants and 10,000 other community members each year.
Join us for the 2020 Housing First Partners Conference! …
(6 days ago) The Housing First Partners Conference (HFPC) is co-presented by DESC (Downtown Emergency Service Center) and Pathways Housing First. It was launched in 2012 as a biennial conference to further the conversation among practitioners about Housing First as a proven model for ending homelessness for those with chronic health conditions and long stints of street homelessness. […]
Hobson Place Phase 2 receives Passive House
(2 days ago) Besides improving health and comfort for residents, significant reduction in annual energy use reduces the cost of operations over the life of the building and helps our region in meeting its climate impact goals. It calls for five main improvements to standard construction: better floors, walls, roofs and windows that improve comfort while