New Law Does Little to Guarantee Support Once Homeless are Discharged from Hospital

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This past weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that mandates a new process for discharging homeless patients from California hospitals. Though well-intentioned, this new law misses the bigger and more urgent problem: assuring that sufficient beds and supportive care are actually available for homeless patients.

Under this new policy, hospitals are now required to discharge a homeless patient to a safe and appropriate location. For these patients, hospitals must also have a written plan in place for coordinating services and referrals with health care and social service providers.

But even before these new mandates, many hospitals were already working closely with non-profit service providers like National Health Foundation to access recuperative care centers where homeless patients could receive supportive care after leaving a hospital, as well as help finding housing. Given this groundwork already in place between many hospitals and service providers, procedures for homeless patient discharge aren’t likely to change that much under the new law.