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ARCH Clinic - Health Care for the Homeless Project
500 East 7th Street, 972-4850
Open Monday through Friday 8 -12 and 1 -5.
New patients seen on a walk in basis

Brackenridge Hospital
Emergency care whenever needed. 601 E. 15th St., 911. 324-7000

Primary Care Division of the Community Care Services Department
(located in the Salvation Army)
501 E. 8th St., 476-2684x136
Treats injuries and ailments and can provide many types of testing; open 9:00 am - Noon, Monday - Friday.

Medical Assistance Program (MAP) cards
Map office at the ARCH
500 East 7th Street
Open Monday through Friday 8 -12 and 1 - 5.
Services reserved for homeless people only.
Screening and Enrollment done on a walk in basis and takes approximately 15 - 20 minutes.

Rosewood-Zaragosa Clinic (main office)
2802 Weberville Road . call 972-5300 for information
1111 E. Cesar Chavez (downtown area)

Department of Veterans Affairs
The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) consists of two hospitals located in Temple and Waco; one stand-alone clinic in Austin; four community based outpatient clinics in Brownwood, Cedar Park, College Station and Palestine; two nursing homes in Temple and Waco; one domiciliary in Temple, a Blind Rehabilitation Unit in Waco and two patient, rehabilitation units for post-traumatic stress disorder and severely mentally ill life enhancement in Waco. For primary healthcare, specialty care and hospitalization.
Austin Outpatient Clinic 2901 Montopolis Dr., 389-7104. Contact Andrew Miller 389-6504 or Linda Saucedo at 389-6556

Dental van at ARCH Clinic
Provides primary health care services for people who are homeless.
Thursdays 8 -12, Fridays 8 - 12 and 1 - 5 pm.
Please sign up at the ARCH Clinic on Wed. at 8 am for appointments on the dental van.  500 east 7th Street

Austin Dental Clinic
The Community Health Centers (CHC) help ensure access to primary dental care for those who have difficulty obtaining services due to economic or geographic barriers. Patients served include the uninsured and those enrolled in Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, and the City/County Medical Assistance Program (MAP). 15 Waller St., 972-4820
You must go through MAP (Medical Assistance Program) to find out your eligibility - there is a sliding scale for emergency services.

Tuberculosis Elimination Clinic
Local health departments in selected urban and border counties receive funding from the Tuberculosis (TB) Program to establish a TB screening program in methadone drug treatment centers, HIV early intervention centers, homeless shelters and other organizations that serve high-risk groups. Individuals identified with latent TB infection are referred to the appropriate health department for treatment and other follow-up as appropriate.  Tuberculosis testing.
15 Waller St., 972-4820

Manos de Cristo Dental Clinic
"The mission of Manos de Cristo is to serve a culturally and economically diverse community by meeting basic needs, empowering people through education, and providing quality dental care through a Christ-centered ministry." Emergency dental care for people who are working and don’t qualify for city, state, or federal programs.
1201 E. Cesar Chavez, 477-2319

Communicable Diseases Screening
TB/Hepatitis/HIV/STD at ARCH Clinic
700 East 7th Street
Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30 - 11:30 am

STD Clinic
15 Waller St., 972-543O
Anonymous STD testing.

AIDS Services of Austin
AIDS Services of Austin responds to the HIV needs of the Austin area by providing services that enhance the health and well-being of individuals and the community in the face of an evolving epidemic.
7215 Cameron Rd., 458-2437

Improving the lives of people who experience mental, emotional or substance use disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities and delays. Walk-in hours are 10:30 - Noon, Monday - Friday, or you may call them and an outreach worker will come to you.
500 East 7th Street, 478-5644.

Hotline to Help
The Crisis Hotline provides access to licensed counselors 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with all crisis calls referred to Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) staff. The Hotline is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and PES staff members are trained/certified in accordance with AAS standards. This MHMR hotline will deal with any mental health crisis, including suicide prevention, 24 hours per day.
24/7 Crisis Hotline: 512-472-HELP (4357)

Psychiatric Emergency Service
Call if you or someone you know is about to harm themselves or someone else.
56 East Ave., Bldg. 633, 454-3521

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
The BrainWise Neurofeedback and Wellness Center seeks to promote healing and mental rejuvenation in a warm, peaceful, and welcoming environment.  We take a holistic approach when working with individuals and families, and believe in working collaboratively with family members, doctors, teachers, and other professionals involved in our client’s lives.
(512) 329-5004

City of Austin Community Care Services Department
The City of Austin operates a multi-site HCH project that targets services to three distinct subpopulations: single adults, unaccompanied youth, and women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
500 East 7th Street (512) 972-4006