Circle the City Medical Respite Center

Frequently Asked Questions


  • How many patients are treated at the MRC each year? The number of patients treated per year varies because of the unique nature of each patient’s condition.  We have 50 beds at each Medical Respite Center.  In 2017, we treated 450 patients at the Midtown Medical Respite Center.


  • How long do patients typically stay at the MRC? The average length of stay is about four weeks.


  • What kind of illnesses and injuries do you commonly see here? We treat complex medical issues that you might expect of individuals living on the streets, and without access to preventative healthcare. A majority of our patients have co-occurring medical conditions. We see patients with wounds, broken bones, and illnesses like heart disease, and diabetes. We also care for patients with various forms of cancer. Additionally, many of our patients suffer from a mental health or substance abuse disorders, and some are diagnosed with both.


  • What happens to patients after they are discharged? Our goal for every patient when they leave the MRC is improved health, and housing. They’re provided intensive housing navigation assistance while on-site, and nearly 80 percent of our respite patients discharge from the center into living situations other than the street or emergency shelter. Discharged patients also have access to ongoing integrated health care at our outpatient family health – The Parsons Family Health Center.


  • Do you ever have to turn patients away? Our MRC is filled to capacity and has a wait list. The new MRC that we are building at the downtown Human Services Campus will help, but the need for these services will still exceed capacity.


  • What is the typical age of patients? The MRC treats adult men and women of all age ranges, but most of our patients are in their 40s and 50s.


  • What is the admission process? Patients are referred to us from hospitals, shelters, and various nonprofit partners that serve the homeless population. With each referral, there is a triage process that takes place prior to admission, to ensure the patient will benefit from the services provided here.

  • What is the revenue model for the MRC? Funding comes from ACCCHS, corporate and foundation grants, individual donations, and fundraising events. We also have a steady cadre of volunteers who help us operate more efficiently and effectively. They donate hundreds of hours each month – providing legal and medical services; serving meals and washing dishes; cutting hair; hosting art and music classes; and doing whatever it takes to make our patients feel loved, and valued.


  • What are your outcomes? Circle the City was selected as one of five demonstration sites for a three-year, national study funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to determine the effectiveness of homeless medical respite care. The grant enabled us to gather data that points to some pretty significant results relative to cost savings and patient outcomes here in Maricopa County. Please reference the CMS national study release that is included in the press packet for details.


Former CTC patient John, moving into his apartment after completing his care and regaining health.