Respite Beds


As a short-term service, Respite is a 24-hour staffed program designed to address the reason for referral to the program, and address any barriers to discharge. The program provides a variety of wellness groups on-site to provide daily structure, connection to community supports as well as peer supports. Clients in Respite have access to psychiatric consultations, a mental health clinician and medication support as well as a nurse to provide health assessments, as needed.

Medical Respite Bed
The Medical Respite Bed program is a one-bed program, for a male or female, that takes referrals directly from the HOAP (Homeless Outreach Advocacy Project) medical team. The medical bed is designed for a person who is homeless and is experiencing some kind of medical condition that requires a place to recover. The medical bed provides this person with a safe and comfortable place to stabilize from their medical condition and receive assistance from the HOAP medical team. The staff on the unit provide the client with twenty-four hour care and monitor the client’s progress and medications. The length of stay is usually three to four days, while the client works with their HOAP case manager on transitional planning. This bed is funded by the United Way of Central Massachusetts.

DMH Respite Beds
Community Healthlink provides eleven Respite Beds on its main Worcester campus for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH)-Worcester service system. The program provides temporary housing and support services for clients who are in transition from one living arrangement to another, sometimes coming directly from Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital, or from a community inpatient unit. These beds are co-located with a community-based Crisis Stabilization Unit and on-site Emergency Services Program. A Mobile Respite program is also available to provide outreach to DMH clients in the Worcester area who may need assistance with daily living or support through a crisis.

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