New mobile medical van helping homeless get health care

A new health clinic on wheels is helping the homeless in Seattle

SEATTLE -- A new mobile medical van to help homeless people receive health care is now up and running in Seattle.

Its first day was Tuesday. King County Public Health has had the mobile medical van, or MMV, for years. The roving health clinic is being used in Seattle during the county's off days.

The van offers free care and help signing up for Medicaid. Seattle is also in the process of getting a new RV in the coming months.

The MMV's operations will cost the city $500,000 this year. That money comes from the Mayor Ed Murray's emergency declaration to combat homelessness.

"Many have needs for mental health treatment, substance use treatment, medical care, dental care," said John Gilvar, the program's manager.

Gilvar said the goal is for the MMV to act as a bridge to other services, but that timing depends on the patient.


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