The CARE Team is an assertive community treatment (ACT) program that provides comprehensive physical and mental health care to homeless men and women throughout Palm Beach County. The heart of CARE, which stands for Counseling, Access, Recovery and Education, is a multidisciplinary team of professionals who work together to address clients’ health-related needs. The team consists of a psychiatric nurse practitioner, case managers, therapists, vocational specialists and a medical liaison.
The CARE Team was created in response to increasingly prevalent evidence that the community’s most vulnerable residents were falling through the cracks when it came to navigating the complex local healthcare system. These difficulties contributed to a number of deleterious outcomes, including criminal recidivism, mental health destabilization, untreated, life-threatening health problems, and recurring substance abuse issues.
- More than 100 clients were served by the CARE Team in 2016-2017.
- Close to 20 percent of the clients served were under the age of 24, and more than 60 percent were women.
- 98 percent of those who left the CARE Team were medically stable at discharge, and 95 percent were connected with a medical home.