CHAT-H (Comprehensive Health Assessment Team – Homeless)

How We Can Help

We are a Public Health Nursing Program who can help connect homeless clients to the health services they need. Our priority is to link clients to a medical home. Some of our services include:

  • Evaluation of needs
  • Linkage to health insurance and medical care
  • Help in applying for Medi-Cal and CalFresh
  • Education about medical conditions and medications
  • Health advocacy
  • Help with arranging transportation to medical appointments
  • Referrals to programs for mental health and/or substance use services
  • Referrals to agencies for housing and basic needs

Who We Serve

We accept referrals for any homeless individuals or families in Orange County who need help accessing medical care and/or health insurance. We visit clients wherever they are to help meet their health needs.

Examples:

  • Ongoing medical conditions of all ages, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease, cancer, etc. 
  • Pregnancy, with or without medical care 
  • Children who may be overweight, are not developing normally, have tooth decay, are frequently ill, have ongoing medical conditions, have breastfeeding problems, have no doctor or clinic, etc.

Services we do not provide:

  • We do not provide hands-on nursing care, such as dressing changes, insulin injections, etc., as we are not a licensed Home Health Agency. 
  • We do not provide housing or placement.  Please contact 2-1-1 for linkage to the Coordinated Entry System (CES) access points for assistance.
  • We are also not mental health providers. If the individual’s needs are exclusively mental health, please contact a mental health specialist or the HCA Outreach & Engagement team at (800) 364-2221.

How to Refer to CHAT-H


To make a referral to any Public Health Nursing service, please complete the fillable PDF referral form and click on the envelope icon to e-mail the completed form to publichealthnursing@ochca.com
 .

You may also fax the referral form to (714) 834-7780.

To speak to a CHAT-H Public Health Nurse, please call (714) 834-8498.


Contact Information

CHAT-H (Comprehensive Health Assessment
Team – Homeless)

For information on connecting homeless clients to
health services contact CHAT-H.
(714) 834-8498
Fax: (714) 834-7780

Other Resources

2-1-1 Orange County (211 OC)
Contact 2-1-1 OC for more information on housing
or placement and additional services.
 2-1-1 or
(888) 600-4357
OC Health Care Agency Outreach &
Engagement Team

For assistance with mental health services, please
contact the HCA Outreach & Engagement team.
(800) 364-2221

Page Last Updated: April 4, 2019