Samaritan Homeless Clinic
Samaritan Homeless Clinic
Resources for Under-Served
Five Rivers Samaritan Homeless Clinic is recognized as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
For more information on PCMH, please visit these websites:
“Effective October 1, 2015, Five Rivers Health Centers will no longer be accepting Molina patients. Please contact our Outreach and Enrollment Counselors to assist you in this matter”Medicaid Enrollment Counselors contact numbers and site location- Center for Womens Health, Pediatrics & Dental Clinic: 937-208-4179 or 937-516-6072 Medical Surgical Health & Specialty Clinic: 937-208-8806 Family Health Center:937-734-6727 Samaritan Homeless Clinic: 937-461-1376
The doors of the Samaritan Homeless Clinic first opened in 1992, in hopes of reducing the common connection between homelessness and poor personal health. With our mission of serving the total well-being of the homeless, the Samaritan Homeless Clinic aims to deliver quality, compassionate care and to help get our patients back on their feet.
A Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary Approach
The Samaritan Homeless Clinic stands out because our care is easily accessible and because we take an integrated approach toward primary and ancillary services. The clinic focuses both on the individual and on the community—and works to maintain strong relationships with other homeless service providers so patients don’t get lost in the system. Our goal is to do our part to improve the overall community while treating every patient who walks through our doors with dignity, respect, integrity, compassion and excellence.
The Samaritan Homeless Clinic makes it easy for the Dayton homeless to get quality health care. We provide a menu of services—from preventive care to substance abuse counseling —all in one place. Our professional team goes above and beyond to deliver even more than the best care. We also aim to help patients get their lives back on track through our many programs and services.
Complete Package Health and Wellness Services
The Samaritan Homeless Clinic provides complete-package health care that includes health and wellness services—medical, dental, podiatry and vision. The clinic also provides psychiatric, mental health and chemical dependency counseling; social work; recuperative care; health education programming; and life skills classes for our patients. We serve all patients regardless of their ability to pay. For patients that meet the definition of homelessness and fall below 200% of the poverty level, there is no bill for services provided on-site.
The Samaritan Homeless Clinic is staffed with a full-time board-certified physician, certified nurse practitioner and a dedicated nursing team. In addition to providing medical exams, prescription medications and basic lab work, the clinic also offers:
- Electrocardiograms (EKGs)
- STD testing
- PAP smears
- Breast exams
- Nutrition education for diabetics
- Blood draws for labs
- Pregnancy testing
- HIV testing
- Urine screening
Teeth too often get neglected, and some patients have never seen a dentist or hygienist. While our dentist and hygienist offer emergency exams, they also strongly encourage patients to get routine dental exams and cleanings. In addition to those dental services, the Samaritan Homeless Clinic provides:
- Periodontal services
- Oral cancer screenings
Psychiatric Services and Mental Health Counseling
A Wright State University psychiatry professor supervises medical residents and students as they assess, diagnose and offer individual counseling and treatment plans for Samaritan Homeless Clinic patients. The professor also provides medication management for patients.
Our mental health counselor is independently-licensed to provide ongoing therapy and counseling to assist with issues such as:
- Stress and anger management
- Relaxation and meditation training
- Dealing with loss
- Crisis intervention
Chemical Dependency Counseling
We know that overcoming substance abuse is often an important step to getting one’s life back on track. That’s why we have a dedicated, licensed chemical dependency counselor.
Our services include:
- Individual, and group alcohol and/or drug counseling
- Group recovery education
- Referrals to Crisis Care for alcohol and drug treatment assessment
- Motivational support before and after residential treatment
Medical Social Work and Case Management
Our licensed social workers provide patient intakes and referrals to internal and external sources for services. They also conduct the time-intensive interview and documentation work necessary to enroll patients for Social Security disability. Other social work services include Medicaid applications, basic case management, hygiene kits, shoes, transportation and advocacy for specialty services.
The goal of recuperative care is to provide sick patients with a healthy respite from the streets. To that end, we lease three off-site apartments where homeless patients who are too ill to live in the shelter system—let alone on the streets—can recover. This temporary housing comes with social-work supervision. Patients also get help with transportation, and have access to all other services offered by the Samaritan Homeless Clinic.
The Samaritan Homeless Clinic works in partnership with Dayton Optical and Prevent Blindness so that patients can receive eye exams and can choose frames for glasses.
On the third Thursday of every month, podiatry services are available to our patients at the Samaritan Homeless Clinic. Because homeless people are on their feet for great lengths of time, this service is valuable at identifying and treating podiatric ailments.
Educational Programming and Life Skills Classes
We offer classes every day that are designed to help patients live a healthy life. Topics include:
- Recovery in Progress (RPC)
- Health education
- Anger management
- Stress management
- Information on accessing other services
The Samaritan Homeless Clinic also assists with basic life skills through a continuing education series; classes repeat monthly, with topics ranging from first aid and food and nutrition to spirituality and money management. Patients can receive referrals for extended study if needed.
Homelessness and Poor Health Are Connected
Homeless people rarely receive the medical care they need. Centered on the idea of caring for the whole person, the Samaritan Homeless Clinic serves several thousand homeless patients in Dayton every year. The clinic is unique in that it provides a wide range of health and wellness services in a one-stop-shop environment.
The Samaritan Homeless Clinic strives to combat the connection between homelessness and poor health that is prevalent in today’s society. According to the Institute of the National Academy of Sciences, homelessness and poor health are correlated in three ways:
Health problems cause homelessness
Many personal bankruptcies in the United States are a result of health problems, and it’s a short path from bankruptcy to eviction to homelessness. Some health problems are also more prevalent among homeless people than the general population, such as addiction or mental illnesses.
Homelessness causes health problems
Without a home in which to rest and seek shelter from the elements, many homeless people are exposed to treacherous weather conditions, violence and communicable diseases. Since well-balanced meals are a luxury they cannot afford, many homeless people are poorly nourished, which increases their chances of both acute and chronic illnesses. The stress of being homeless also can take a toll on people, reducing disease resistance, increasing depression and enhancing the false promises of relief offered by alcohol and drugs.
Homelessness complicates efforts to treat health problems
It is difficult for homeless people to receive consistent health care, since health care facilities are often far away from homeless shelters. Transportation can be an issue for homeless people, since very few have cars and public transportation systems can be difficult to navigate. In addition, many standard treatment plans require resources that are not available to homeless people, like refrigeration for medications, or a place to get off their feet.
Source: Health Care for the Homeless: Comprehensive Services to Meet Complex Needs brochure, National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
Comprehensive Care for Those In Need
At the Samaritan Homeless Clinic, we are dedicated to addressing these limitations by offering comprehensive health care for our patients. By serving more than 2,500 homeless people each year, the Samaritan Homeless Clinic is a welcome resource to many people in the greater Dayton area.