Neighborhood Service Organization to transform the concept of community health care with new clinics to provide holistic services to at-risk populations

Detroit, Michigan–(Newsfile Corp. – August 5, 2022) – The Detroit-based Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) has announced plans to transform the concept of community-based health care with new facilities. The first phase of the organization’s Healthy Housing Campus project involved providing permanent supportive housing for homeless people suffering from chronic illnesses. As part of the second phase of the project, NSO will establish the Detroit Healthy Housing Center.

This new center will function as a community-based clinic to provide respite medical care to the homeless and to address a lack of access to medical care in the area. The center is being set up with the aim of playing a key role in providing holistic care to the homeless in the neighborhood.

This will be the fourth such clinic NSO has established in Detroit, but differs in that it is a state-of-the-art, brand new facility offering many services under one roof. This will be the first such healthy housing initiative to offer such a comprehensive service, encompassing both emergency shelters and shelters for the homeless.

The clinic will have separate departments to provide patients with community-based primary care for behavioral health issues, dental services and case management to help the homeless with paperwork related to their social and basic needs.

NSO also recently partnered with a government qualified health center to provide primary health care for the community. This is important because the NSO is part of a US federal government-initiated demonstration project called the Certified Community Behavioral Health Center.

By partnering with a federally qualified health center, NSO will provide, in addition to behavioral health services, primary health care services to the homeless, who are often marginalized in terms of primary health care and only seek such services when they make a significant impact on their Everyday. This helps in extending entire care services to everyone.

Commenting on the need for the new facility, Linda Little, President and CEO of NSO (who is also a registered nurse and former healthcare executive), said: “This new facility will serve as a one-stop care center that can provide support to the homeless related to mental health, primary health, employment support and housing if needed. Approximately 60% of Detroit’s homeless have underlying substance abuse and mental health problems. Homeless people are five times more likely to visit emergency departments and five times more likely 80% of those emergency departments could have been prevented if they had had better access to primary health care in the first place.”

Media contact:
Surname: Linda Klein
E-mail: [email protected]

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