The Boulevard is the only organization of its kind in Illinois: providing coordinated care and a full range of resources for holistic human healing.
One-to-one Case Management
Upon admission, each resident is assigned a Case Manager who offers guidance in obtaining financial assistance, housing opportunities, employment or employment training, and educational opportunities.
Nearly 70 percent of our residents have no relationship to a primary care physician or ongoing health services provider when they arrive. To respond to this need we work with PCC Wellness Center to open our Health Services Collaborative, offering a variety of vitally important health services in an on-site clinic staffed by PCC physicians and nurse practitioners. In addition, we offer transportation for follow-up medical visits if the resident is unable to self-transport and residents are provided a safe place to store their medications.
On-site Mental Health Case Managers assess incoming residents and make appropriate referrals to mental health services. The Boulevard offers substance abuse assessment, one-to-one support and additional programming via our mental health partner, Mount Sinai Hosipital, to serve our clients who struggle with substance abuse.
The Boulevard partners with local HIV/AIDS outreach services to provide confidential on-site testing and counseling; access to primary care, psychosocial support programs, and medications; supportive housing referrals; and weekly HIV/AIDS/STD education programs.
Spotlight on the Diabetes Project
The Boulevard of Chicago, along with our allies at PCC Community Wellness Center, have been working together to address issues such as diabetes among the homeless since 1994. PCC staffs our clinic five days per week and is run by Dr. Sarah Carreon, Medical Director, and supervised by Dr. Paul Luning, Chief Medical Officer at PCC Wellness and member of The Boulevard’s Board of Directors.
In our current collaboration, PCC conducts medical assessments on all new residents admitted to The Boulevard. In consultation with the resident’s referring hospital or clinic, PCC draws up a recovery plan for that patient. Then our on-site clinic and Boulevard staff work diligently to monitor the patient’s medical recovery. Since so many of our residents suffer from metabolic disorders, the Diabetes Project is among our most important initiatives.
Our Diabetes Project is our response to this critical healthcare need. PCC provides diabetes screening for all incoming residents, allowing them to diagnose and treat diabetes in a homeless population; and to measure the effect of treatment on Boulevard residents. PCC also offers follow-up services at our on-site clinic, including monitoring borderline cases. Eventually, we would like to expand these monitoring and follow-up services to all former residents that are part of The Boulevard’s Health and Housing Outreach Tea program.