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J.C. Lewis Health Center
125 Fahm Street
The J.C. Lewis Health Center is a collaborative effort with Memorial Medical Center, the Chatham County Health Department, the GA Department of Community Health, and the GA Department of Community Affairs. It is a 32 bed respite care facility providing inpatient care for homeless and at-risk people who have been discharged from area hospitals, or identified as being too ill to reside in a homeless shelter; also among these medical resources is a dental center.
RFW (Ready for Work) Program (TANF)
12350 Mercy Blvd.
RFW Program is a transitional program for individuals who have a substance abuse problem. The average length of stay is between 6 and 12 months. This facility has 12 beds. Each woman must complete 8 weeks of parenting classes before they can work.
• Without a job because of substance abuse;
• Medically safe to treat on an outpatient basis;
• Do not need detoxification
• Without cognitive impairments or chronic mental illness.
Residential Program is the transitional program for women without children, or they cannot bring children to the facility. They must be working after a 30 day period, and must also begin paying a $95 service fee and rent. The average length of this program is 6-9 months.
Independent Living Program provides a 1-2 month stay for clients who are ready to move on from the program. They provide services to individuals who are higher functioning, and they are free to go as they please. Must come into the program from either the TANF or Residential Program.
1928 Montgomery Crossroads
401 East 35th Street
512 Hamilton Court
The three homes listed above have the same basic eligibility requirements and are:
Applicants must currently be homeless and meet one or more of the following:
• Mental illness;
• Substance Abuse.
Applicants must be either:
• Gainfully employed;
• Attend school or;
• Attend rehabilitative or supportive day service program.
Applicants must have the following in order to complete the application:
• Birth Certificate;
• Social Security Card;
• Identification (picture);
• Complete Application.
Applicants will then complete the following:
• Psychiatric Evaluation;
• Physical Assessment;
• Income and Homeless Verification;
• Sign a Release of Information.
Office of Regulatory Service/PCH 290-5-35-15 Requirements:
• At least 18 years of age;
• Must be free of infection diseases that can be transmitted to others as evidenced by submitted lab results;
• Must be ambulatory. Must not be in need of continuous 24 hour nursing services, institutional treatment/care or be confined to a bed;
• Must not require the use of physical or chemical restraints, isolation or confinement for behavioral control.
DHR— Residential Rehabilitation Services Requirements:
• Individual exhibits mental health symptoms/behaviors which indicate the need for continuous monitoring and supervision by 24 hour awake staff;
• Individual has insufficient or severally limited skills to maintain an adequate level of functions, specifically identified deficits in daily living and social skills and/or community family integration;
• Individual has adaptive behaviors that significantly strain the family’s or current caretaker’s ability to adequately respond to the individual’s needs;
• Individual has a history or unstable housing due to behavioral health issue or history of unstable housing which exacerbates a behavioral health condition.
Individual with the following conditions are excluded from admission unless there is clearly documented evidence of psychiatric condition overlaying the primary diagnosis;
• mental retardation;
• organic mental disorder; or
• traumatic brain injury.
Continuing Stay Criteria:
Symptoms continue to require 24 hour supervision and termination of services would likely result in exacerbation of symptoms requiring a more intensive level of care;
• Individual continues to meet the admission criteria;
• Individual is making progress toward achievement of established functional and skill-related goals;
• Appearance of new problem meeting admission guidelines;
• Lack of development of physical or mental condition requiring continuous medical care.