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Healthcare for Homeless Children

Homeless youth are highly susceptible to injury and illness, and they barely have enough money to eat regular meals let alone pay for a visit to the doctor. At Covenant House, primary medical care is free of charge to homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth age 21 or younger as soon as they walk through our doors.

Healthcare

General Healthcare

All new residents receive physical exams within 72 hours after they arrive at a Crisis Center. For many, it's the first checkup they've had in years; for some, it's the first one they've ever had.

Our doctors and nurses provide immediate healthcare service on-site or refer patients to local hospitals, clinics, or medical centers. Homeless kids can find the care they need, whether it's medical, psychological, psychiatric, optometric, dental, or other special services. Often Covenant House staff will accompany kids to outside healthcare providers to make sure the kids understand the provider's questions and instructions and to offer support in a stressful situation.

Mental Health Services

A vital component of our healthcare program is mental health services. Nearly 15% of the 18-to-21-year-olds in our Crisis Centers struggle with serious mental health problems that require a range of psychiatric services.

We're working to further improve the services we offer through continuing staff training, expanding our counseling schedules, developing psycho-educational life skills workshops, providing recreational activities for the mentally ill, and more.

Learn how one Covenant House program is making a difference in the lives of kids affected by mental illness.

Substance Abuse Services

Many kids turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with their homelessness, the difficulties of life on the street, and the circumstances that landed them there. All Covenant House sites provide some level of substance abuse assistance on-site, including counseling, therapy, education, and support groups. Staff members also refer clients to other clinics and hospitals for more comprehensive services, such as inpatient detoxification, residential rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, and counseling.