By Amanda Henderson, Director of Accreditation
Project Homeless Connect is an annual mobile resource fair that connects community members in need to immediate services such as housing assistance, medical care, behavioral health care, employment support, hygiene care (clothing, showers, haircuts, etc.), meals, and resource navigation support. As a mobile event, Project Homeless Connect reduces barriers by bringing critical services and immediate aid to areas of high need and links homeless and other low-income community members to help that would otherwise not be easily accessible.
This year, WestCare Nevada, provided an overlay of clinical services to the event including mobile crisis response teams and on-site triage and assessment.
Our Clinical Director, Todd Edwards, served as the event’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Chair and organized teams of clinicians from across WestCare’s programs to provide on-site clinical services in both English and Spanish. WestCare had the opportunity to provide access to our full continuum of services in an outreach setting to underserved populations that might not otherwise be able to access care. These mobile crisis services directly correlate with some of the exciting new clinical projects that we are working on to enhance access to care and develop mobile crisis response teams across Clark County. These teams will provide greater access to WestCare’s services and serve as a diversion to lighten the burden on already stressed community resources.