From wounds dressed under bridges to vaccines administered on park benches to portable ultrasounds conducted in an alley, our street team continues the lifesaving work that Dr. Jim O’Connell began in 1985, bringing medical and behavioral health care to thousands of rough sleepers across Boston.
Based out of Massachusetts General Hospital, the team includes two internists, a family physician, two psychiatrists, a physician assistant, two nurses, a case manager, and a recovery coach, all of whom conduct daytime street rounds four days per week. Twice a week, a provider from the team accompanies Pine Street Inn’s Overnight Van.
We also hold two weekly clinics at the hospital, dedicated to rough sleepers and their unique needs.
In addition to medical care and essentials, our street team aims to connect people with housing–work that includes following up with those who have left the streets and started new chapters. Since 2005, our team has made house calls to over 200 rough sleepers who transitioned to housing programs.