Physical health care
Our doctors and nurse practitioners, nurses and medical assistants deliver primary medical care to adults, children, youth and families.
Just down the street from our headquarters clinic downtown is Baltimore’s largest public emergency shelter. Here, Health Care for the Homeless social workers and medical providers run the city’s only medical respite program for individuals experiencing homelessness, where men and women recuperate from acute illness or surgery after being discharged from the hospital.
At our dental clinics at 421 Fallsway and in West Baltimore, the only dental operatories in Maryland exclusively for people experiencing homelessness, our dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants provide preventive dental care to children and adults engaged in health care services at Health Care for the Homeless—and restorative care, including dentures and bridges, to adult clients.
Behavioral health care
At Health Care for the Homeless, mental health care starts with one-on-one therapy with our mental health therapists. If an individual is interested in psychiatric medication or a therapist believes psychiatric medication would be helpful in treating that individual's symptoms, the therapist makes a psychiatric referral to one of our psychiatrists for assessment and treatment.
Mental health and addictions services
Through individual and group therapy, our mental health therapists and addictions counselors work with clients to manage and improve symptoms, heal the traumas of homelessness, treat substance use disorders and provide ongoing support groups for those who have attained sobriety.
No Such Thing as Crazy
Let’s just be clear: The word “crazy” doesn't exist in our vocabulary here at Health Care for the Homeless.
As believers in and providers of whole-person care, we know our mental health is just as important to our overall wellbeing as our physical health.
We also know mental health is largely misunderstood in our society. This misunderstanding leads to harmful stereotypes and poor treatment of people struggling with mental health challenges; it can make folks feel like something is wrong with them, or worse, that they have failed. These false assumptions about mental health show up in the casual use of words like “crazy” or “nuts” to describe health-related conditions and behaviors that have very logical (and often medical) explanations.
The brain is like any other part of the body; when it is injured or not working quite right, we react. When an awful situation occurs, like the death of a loved one or the loss of a job or housing, we react. Reacting is normal; it does not mean we have failed. It also can be painful. But we know we can get help for that pain.
At Health Care for the Homeless, we provide the mental health services and supports you need. Here, there is no such thing as crazy. We are not about judgment and labels. We are about healing. We are about helping you become as all-around healthy as you can be.