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Health Care for the Homeless: Hospital Referrals

The Midnight Mission (TMM) provides 12-Step Recovery services and emergency housing for up to one (1) year for single adult men who are experiencing substance use and homelessness. TMM operates a separate 30-day crisis housing and short-term housing assistance program called Crisis and Bridge Housing for single adult men and women experiencing homelessness. TMM programs offer emergency services, including meals, hygiene, material goods, educational and employment assistance.

Referral Instructions

  • Your hospital or medical/health service facility can refer homeless individuals to TMM for recovery and/or shelter services. We require individuals referred to TMM to have discharge documents and a 30-day supply of prescribed medication(s) with them upon arrival.
  • Individuals referred by hospitals or medical/health service facilities will not be accepted into our programs unless they are provided with the appropriate documents and the required prescription medications by the discharging facility.
  • Individuals sent to TMM by hospitals or medical/health service facilities without a prior referral made and/or prior direct contact with our Program Manager, Don Halfenberg will be immediately sent back to the referring by hospital or medical/health service facility.
  • TMM reserves the right to refuse future referrals from hospitals or medical/health service facilities that do not provide referrals, documentation and requisite prescription medication(s) to individuals sent to TMM.

Referral Process:

  1. To arrange for placement in our recovery or crisis housing program, hospitals and medical/health service facility representatives must contact Don Halfenberg at 213-624-9258, extension 1628, at least 12 to 24 hours in advance and before submitting the Hospital and Health/Medical Service Provider Referral Form to TMM.
  2. The referring hospital or medical/health service facility must obtain and provide TMM with a signed consent to release information form for the individual being referred.
  3. The referring hospital or medical/health service will need to discuss and disclose with TMM special care or condition information based on the individual’s current health and mobility status. At that time, TMM will determine whether our recovery or crisis housing program can accommodate the individual’s needs as a TMM program participant.
  4. After confirming availability and appropriate placement with TMM, the referring hospital or medical/health service facility representative/staff must send the completed TMM Hospital to Homeless Service Provider Referral Form to:

Don Halfenberg, Program Manager
Email: dhalfenberg@midnightmission.org
Fax:  213-553-2357 – ATTN: DON HALFENBERG

  1. TMM will confirm receipt of the referral form from the referring hospital or medical/health service facility by email or fax.
  2. The referring hospital or medical/health service facility must provide TMM with their contact information including the phone number and contact hours for the discharge staff/case worker.
  3. Upon the individual’s arrival at TMM, the referring hospital or medical/health service facility will be contacted to confirm arrival at TMM.
  4. The individual must present the following upon arrival:
  • Copies of discharge documents
  • Medical and follow-up care instructions, pending appointments and other instructions given to the individual by the referring hospital or medical/health service facility
  1. The individual must have received immediate and appropriate hygiene services and clean clothing from the referring hospital or medical/health service facility before being sent to the TMM. Individuals arriving in unhygienic condition, not dressed in clean/appropriate clothing, or who arrive dressed in hospital/patient-wear will be immediately sent back to the referring hospital or medical/health service for assistance.
  2. The individual can bring no more than two containers of personal items and clothing to the TMM. Individuals arriving with more than two personal containers will be immediately sent back to the referring hospital or medical/health service for assistance.

Download Referral Form Here