Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-11-06 03:59:07 –
Honolulu (KHON2) — A new team of first responders focused on providing care to homeless people in urban areas of Honolulu. The CORE team responds to non-violent homeless-related 911 calls, freeing EMS resources for more urgent situations.
The CORE team went online in mid-October and includes medical and mental health providers focused on the care needs of the homeless community.
A 74-year-old veteran, John Roberts Jr. was admitted to the hospital in early November. But on Friday, November 5, he is lying on the streets of Chinatown again.
“It’s depressing to talk about me. Tell me something good. Let me get off the concrete,” Roberts Jr. said.
Hawaii Certified Pier Specialist Mike Peacock is currently in the process of joining the city’s CORE team for “crisis, outreach, response and involvement.”
Peacock himself is also homeless. He is trying to help Roberts Jr. navigate profits.
“Unfortunately, this is the worst scenario, because he can’t get up and go to the bathroom. That’s all,” Peacock explained. “Some people have been diagnosed with mental health. They aren’t taking any medications, so you need to get someone to come and make sure they’re taking them.”
There are plans to expand the CORE team by adding community health workers and social workers. There are currently two retired ambulances that have been refurbished for the program. These ambulances work with EMS dispatch to answer specific calls. First responders are also actively monitoring areas in Waikiki, downtown and Chinatown.
Dr. Jim Ireland, Director of Emergency Medical Services in Honolulu, said the purpose of CORE is to go beyond medical transport. They want to connect patients with resources and get them out of the street.
“They may finish their visit in the ER,” Ireland said. “But we want to come back with them that day or the next day and help them tackle why they got there in the first place. They have mental health problems, addiction problems. Do you have them and why are they homeless? “
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Roberts Jr. has been transferred to the Tripler Army Medical Center for now, but his next step is to benefit his recently qualified veteran. The hope is to put him in a permanent home right away.
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