Contra Costa Health Services – Philip Dorn Respite Center
The Contra Costa Philip Dorn Respite Center is a 26 bed stand-alone facility that is open 365 days per year, 24/7. Program participants have dorm or limited private accommodations, medical and psychiatric services and follow-up, meals, case management, benefits and housing assistance. The overall goal of the program is health stabilization and promotion of recovery. Long-term goals include ongoing connect to health and social services, and assisting clients transitioning into permanent supportive housing.
Upon admission, a diagnostic medical assessment and treatment plan are developed by on-site medical providers, primary care physicians and/or hospital staff. Case management services are also provided, including benefits assistance; referrals to appropriate medical, substance abuse and mental health resources; housing assistance and placement. The average length of stay is 4-6 weeks. Individuals stay in the program until it is determined that they are medically stable and can transition into the general emergency shelter population where they will continue to receive shelter and comprehensive case management services until housing has been achieved.
The Philip Dorn Respite Center is operated by the CCHS Health Care for the Homeless Program and CCHS Behavioral Health Homeless Program. A full-time HCH Registered Nurse oversees daily operations, care coordination, medication management and direct patient care.