Summary: The Health For The Homeless

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What if you believe that you live in a mansion in Hawaii with president Obama, when in reality you live in a large air conditioning box near the raven’s stadium? How would it make you feel if someone came to you and declared you as crazy when in reality your way of thinking is normal? Imagine if you had a mental health issue and couldn’t get care because you didn’t have the money to get help. In January 2015, it was reported that 564,708 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 20 to 25% of the homeless population in the United States suffers from some form of severe mental illness. (SAMHSA)
According to The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMH) …show more content…

The Health for the homeless program works with Baltimore city and county residents to provide supportive and healthcare services to more than 12,000 people each year. This program is for those who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources to help coping with mental illness. Health for the Homeless is a government funded program which utilizes a planning council to set service priorities and allocate funds based on the needs of the individuals living with a mental illness.
The program utilizes one-on-one therapy with their mental health therapists and psychiatric medication if they believe it would be helpful in treating that individual's symptoms. The program accepts Medicaid and also operates on a sliding fee scale. The sliding fee scale is based on the relationship between the client’s income and their ability to pay for care. The fees are calculated using the annual poverty guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (HCftH 2016) Medicaid is nationwide Federal-State healthcare program designed to provide health insurance for low-income citizens. However each state has its own policies and procedures that they follow to provide coverage to Medicaid

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