Medical Respite Center

Welcome to Circle the City!
Circle the City, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-denominational public charity, is Arizona’s first medical respite center and provides care to people experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County. Through generous community support and the compassionate care of our doctors, nurses, and respite assistants, we provide homeless men and women “a time and place to heal” after they are discharged from local hospitals. We partner with most major hospital systems in the Phoenix area to bridge the gap between inpatient and outpatient care, ensuring that our patients have the best possible opportunity to heal physically, socially, and emotionally. Our skilled case managers are dedicated to connecting each patient with important post-discharge resources, including primary care and housing, that will help break the cycle of homelessness.

Circle the City Announces New Homeless-Specific ACT Team
It is a sad reality that homelessness and mental illness often go hand-in-hand. Although statistics vary, most agree that at least 26% of people experiencing homelessness live with some sort of severe mental illness. This number increases to 46% when also considering the incidence of chronic substance abuse disorders. Since launching Arizona's first homeless medical respite center in October 2012, Circle the City has witnessed firsthand the devastating, long-term impacts that mental illness has on the lives of the people we serve. More importantly, however, we have also seen the profound recovery that can occur when our patients are offered the simple opportunity to rest and heal--medically, mentally and spiritually. We have watched emotional wounds heal, families reconnect, and individuals achieve independent living for the first time in their lives. Based on these powerful experiences, we continue to believe that we can help end homelessness through high-quality, integrative healthcare.
With this in mind, we are happy to announce that Circle the City has partnered with Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care to launch Arizona's first homeless-specialty Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team. This multi-disciplinary mental health team will provide comprehensive, community-based treatment and rehabilitation to people with serious and persistent mental illnesses. Operating out of Circle the City's new Parsons Family Health Center, opening in July, the ACT team will work to identify 100 of the most seriously mentally ill people experiencing homelessness and provide them with psychiatric support; nursing care; case management; substance-abuse intervention; employment support; independent-living skills; and housing assistance. 

Circle the City's new ACT team will consist of 13 staff members, including a program director, full-time psychiatrist, psychiatric RNs, independent therapists, case managers, and behavioral health specialists. If you are interested in being a part of the ACT Team, hiring is occurring now. Please click the employment box in the right column above for details.  

Initially developed in Wisconsin in the early 1970s, the ACT methodology is an evidence-based treatment model that has been replicated successfully throughout the country. Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care is committed to expanding the number of ACT teams in Maricopa County. There are currently 18 other ACT teams that serve 1,800 clients, with four additional teams planned in fiscal year 2016. 

Third Thursday Tours
Please join us at the Medical Respite Center on the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. for a tour of the facility and a question and answer session about Circle the City's operations. Light refreshments are provided and printed materials are available. Please RSVP to

We Need Help with Kindness Kit Distribution
With the July 2015 opening of The Parsons Family Health Center, Circle the City needs help distributing Kindness Kits to potential patients. These kits contain information about the primary health care services that will be available at the 3522 N. 3rd Avenue facility. Each kit also has a water bottle, sports bar, lip balm, and sunscreen. Kindness Kits are available in the lobby of the Medical Respite Center between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please keep some in your car and hand them out to people who ask you for assistance in parking lots and other public spaces. If you would like to make your own kits, the information flyer can be downloaded from this link. Just copy and paste into your browser: