The Residency Program in the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry is helping to launch a new medical outreach to homeless people on O’ahu.

Physicians training in the department’s residency program (part of The Hawaii Residency Programs will be dispatched to help assess mental health needs of homeless who are living on the streets and in parks.  The MDs, training in psychiatry specialties and sub-specialties, will work in partnership with the Institute for Human Services (IHS), a long-established homeless shelter in Honolulu.

The State of Hawai’i helped facilitate the new program, which will be funded in part by a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The federal grant also will support efforts by The Queen’s Medical Center, Legal Aid Society of Hawai’i and others to assist homeless.

This is the second major program in which the medical school is aiding the homeless on O’ahu. The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is in its fifth year of providing twice-a-week medical clinics to treat residents of homeless shelters. The Homeless Outreach and Medical Education (or H.O.M.E.) Project enlists student volunteers in running the on-site clinics.

Read more about Psychiatry’s new outreach in a report from The Associated Press in THE MAUI NEWS

UHMed Now news brief by Tina Shelton, Photo of a Honolulu homeless encampment by Arnold Kameda.


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