For more than 20 years, UF Health Psychiatry has partnered with Sulzbacher, a comprehensive service provider for the area’s homeless population. Turner staffs an on-site psychiatry clinic to complete new evaluations, conduct follow-up visits and meet medication needs for patients.
Turner works hand-in-hand with the team at the Sulzbacher Homeless Outreach Project Expansion, or HOPE, to connect with potential new patients. As part of Turner’s outreach with HOPE, residents and medical students take rotations each week to meet homeless patients where they are, including under bridges, in city parks and on the streets.
“The HOPE Team represents the core of our partnership with Sulzbacher — seeking out the most vulnerable and ensuring they receive medical assistance,” said Colleen Bell, MD, the medical director of Behavioral Health for Sulzbacher who oversees the HOPE team programs. “We take time to get to know each one of our patients so we can pinpoint their needs and provide a comprehensive treatment approach.”
In street psychiatry, standard evaluations and treatment occur wherever possible in order to deliver critical care to this at-risk population.
“Every day is so different: there is nothing typical from one day to the next,” said Turner.