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.
- 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
- 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