A local psychologist has teamed up with medical professionals and Douglas County to create a free health clinic for those without safe housing.
The clinic will be held at the Douglas County Community Health Facility on Saturday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 200 physicians in Maine St. Physicians from the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Podiatrists from Lawrence Podiatry Center LLC will provide services, and Medical Arts Pharmacy will provide prescriptions for common medical problems as needed. Psychoactive drugs such as pain relievers are not provided.
Services include COVID-19 testing, diabetes screening, wound care, foot care, diagnosis and treatment of minor illnesses, physical exams, health promotion and education, and much more. Patients must wear a face mask in the building.
Bruce Liese, psychologist and clinical director of the University of Kansas Cofrin Logan’s Center for Addiction Research and Treatment, said working with people on the Woody Park temporary homeless campground reminded him that those without safe shelter have serious needs for medical care have few resources to get it. About a month ago, he began working with the city, county, and participating organizations to set up the clinic.
Although not required, appointments are recommended. Douglas County’s SMARTline can call you daily between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at 785-550-0764. SMARTline is a telephone program in Douglas County that people can call for help with addiction recovery.