Respite Program at Jefferson Terrace (Edward Thomas House)

Respite Program at Jefferson Terrace (Edward Thomas House) 800 Jefferson St., Seattle, WA 98104 206.744.5200     
​​​Respite Program

Harborview's Medical Respite Program (Edward Thomas House Medical Respite) is a unique harm reduction program that provides recuperative care to homeless men and women who are too sick to return to the shelter or streets, but do not require a hospital level of care.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Patient must have an acute medical problem that requires daily nursing care
  • Patients must be referred by a medical provider, hospital, emergency department or clinic
  • For further information, please see Respite Admissions Criteria.

The Medical Respite care team is comprised of:

  • Medical Director
  • Psychiatric provider
  • ARNPs
  • Registered Nurses
  • Medical Assistants
  • Mental Health Practitioners (Respite Case Managers)
  • Mental Health Specialists

Our team uses a harm reduction philosophy to work together with the patient to resolve medical problems; assess and treat patients for mental illness and/or substance use; and connect patients to primary care, public funding and housing.

Medical Respite is operated by Harborview Medical Center under a contract with Seattle - King County Public Health.

Other affiliations include:

  • Northwest Hospital
  • Virginia Mason Medical center
  • Swedish Medical Center
  • University of Washington Medical Center
  • Valley Medical Center

Making referrals to Edward Thomas House Medical Respite Program

To make a referral to Medical Respite, please call the Screener directly at 206-744-5277. Once determined your referral meets eligibility criteria complete a Respite Referral Form and fax it to the screener at 206-744-5233. If you are referring from an inpatient unit, use the Inpatient to Respite Referral Checklist to gather and fax information required for a complete referral. Please make sure your patient is aware that he/she will be sharing a room with one to two other people.
To fax documents, please use the clinic fax number: 206.744.5233