Promising Practices: Providing Behavioral Health Care in a Medical Respite Setting


Promising Practices Behavioral Health in MRC (PDF)

Webinar Slides(PDF)

People experiencing homelessness (PEH) served in medical respite care (MRC) programs have complex medical and social needs that are often driven and exacerbated by underlying mental health and substance use (behavioral health) conditions. As MRC programs strive to optimize outcomes and provide whole-person care, they are increasingly exploring innovative approaches to integrate behavioral health care into their service models.

In support of programs’ efforts to meet the behavioral health needs of their consumers, the National Institute for Medical Respite Care (NIMRC) produced a new resource highlighting promising practices in behavioral health care that are currently being implemented in MRC programs across the country.

The report outlines strategies and approaches that can be replicated and adapted to other programs’ unique contexts, equipping them to deliver high-quality care that is consistent with the Standards for Medical Respite Care and is responsive to the needs of PEH in their communities.

This webinar will expand upon the information provided in the report and will feature expert panelists from two MRC programs who will share real-world strategies, successes, and lessons-learned. Please join us for this collaborative conversation on addressing behavioral health needs in medical respite settings.



  • Omar Marrero – Director of Operations | Barbara McInnis House (Boston, MA)
  • Anne Wright Rygiel – Executive Director | Firehouse Respite Program (Birmingham, AL)
  • Georgia Thomas-Diaz – Director, Respite Behavioral Health | Barbara McInnis House (Boston, MA)


  • Stephen Wilder, LMSW – Medical Respite Manager | NHCHC/NIMRC
Categories: Behavioral Health, Medical Respite, Quality and Program Improvement in Medical Respite
Tags: Webinar
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