United Caring Services is in the development process of a new diversion and intervention program in partnership with the city of Evansville, Evansville Police Department, ECHO Community Health, Vanderburgh County Health Dept, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, AMR, local hospitals and many other agencies and individuals. This new program will expand upon UCS’s Homeless Medical Respite Program‘s goals of safe discharge and better health outcomes to include addressing the stabilization and treatment needs of people with substance use and/or co-occurring mental health issues — issues that cause and continue people’s homelessness.
These new services will provide a safe, supportive, and more cost-effective alternative to incarceration, emergency medical services, and emergency department use.
With the support of the community, we will renovate/update the ‘Annex’ and office areas at UCS to provide 4-7 short-term stabilization and sobering beds (6-12 hours) for people experiencing substance use and/or co-occurring mental health crises who are not dangerous to themselves or others and medically able to receive care. This will be a voluntary program for adults who will gain access by police drop of, EMS or ED referral. These new services will allow people an opportunity to receive assessment, intervention, stabilization, education, coordination with other treatment providers and referrals for follow-up care additionally utilizing medical respite services as a safe discharge point for people experiencing homelessness as well with the opportunity for continuing case management and wrap-around services.
Below is our current working documents as of March 2019. As we anticipate and seek community funding and federal grant support to make this needed service a reality and fine-tune our processes, this information will be updated. Work has been completed on the drawings and design for the program and administrative spaces thanks to VPS Architects and ARC Construction. New policies and procedures, and a database, that support this new community endeavor are almost complete. A data taskforce has been created to create and implement a database for data collection, tracking, and reporting.
The implementation timeline, as well as the depth and coverage of services, is funding dependent, but we hope to implement a successful first-line intervention model and the team starting in 2020.
Again, updates on renovation, policy, procedures, partners and funding progress will be shared as they are available.
Coordinating and strategic partners seeking to help make this program a reality.
- Evansville Mental Health Commission
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Brentwood Springs
- Ascension St. Vincent
- Evansville Police Department
- American Medical Response (AMR)
- Deaconess Emergency Medicine
- Deaconess Cross Pointe
- ECHO Community Health
- Southwestern Behavioral Health
- Boyett Treatment Center
- NOW Counseling Services
- Peace Zone
- Vanderburgh County Health Department
- Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office
- A special thank you to IBEW Local #16, Vectren CenterPointe Energy, Toyota Foundation, Cater Communications, the city of Evansville, Traci Welp, Jim and Jan Spath for their project renovation/capital improvement/database support!