PROGRAMS THAT WORK
We make life better for those in need.
We care about people on every level. We want to make sure they’re feeling well and on a path to housing, if that’s what they want. Our programs give people everything from the basics like showers and laundry services, to needle exchange, wellness programs and housing.
Harm Reduction is the core philosophy driving all of our services. We meet people where they’re at – on the street, in jails or at any of our locations.
CENTER FOR HARM REDUCTION
The Center for Harm Reduction is a safe space for people who use drugs. Participants have access to syringes to prevent hepatitis, HIV and abscesses. We train and equip our entire community to reverse opioid overdoses–this program saved 300 lives last year. Services here include opioid detox, connection to other types of addiction treatment and medical care.
The ReFresh Spot offers a safe space for the Skid Row community to access showers, restrooms, laundry, phone charging and drinking water. It is a public facility open 24/7 to anyone in the community. Much-needed supplies are also distributed, including: hygiene and wound care kits, socks, undergarments, overdose prevention kits, pet supplies and more. The ReFresh Spot provides a place for people to get their basic needs met with dignity and is a collaborative project operated by Homeless Health Care Los Angeles with funding from the City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
Our outreach teams explore L.A.’s streets, parks, neighborhoods and encampments to reach people who are experiencing homelessness. Each team is staffed by a registered nurse, mental health therapist, substance use counselor, case manager, housing navigator and peer specialist. They are equipped to conduct housing assessments and help people with substance use and/or mental health issues. Ninety-five percent of supportive services are delivered on the spot, reducing wait times and other barriers.
We connect people to permanent housing and supportive services needed to help them thrive in their community. The path from the street to housing is challenging and distinct for each individual. An assigned case manager conducts a full assessment of housing, health and safety needs, ensures their access to a range of housing options and advocates on their behalf to landlords and social service providers. We house about 1,000 people annually with a 97% retention rate. Our success is largely due to finding the right resources for each individual–and ensuring that they have ongoing support to maintain their new living situation.
Our behavioral health programs exist to elevate clients’ voices and advocate for their emotional, behavioral and psychological needs. Our approach to mind and body well-being is informed by current advancements in the fields of substance use and mental health. We provide outpatient medicated assisted treatment (suboxone) for opioid addiction at the Center for Harm Reduction.
The Integrated Treatment Program is staffed by therapists, psychiatrists and social workers with clinical integrity and a deep understanding of homelessness. They assess and treat people dealing with substance use and mental health issues.
Our re-entry team works with people transitioning from jail/prison by providing intensive case management and mental health therapy. Services include assistance with securing housing, employment, benefits and substance use treatment.
TRAINING & EDUCATION
Our training and education program provides innovative health education training and technical assistance to organizations across Los Angeles County and California, such as homeless shelters, community health clinics, hospitals and community-based providers.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available upon request.
HHCLA is certified by the:
California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) — CP40 731 A 1219
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT) — 12991
California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) — 2S-08-115-1021
California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP) - 208