Bayside Health Clinic now open to Pinellas homeless population
Bayside Health Clinic opened on Monday, ready to provide medical, dental and behavioral health services to the county’s homeless population.
The roughly 3,000-square-foot, one-story facility at 14808 49th St. N has exam rooms, a dental office and space for counseling, according to a county fact sheet. The clinic will provide referrals for behavioral health services for now with the plan to provide in-house care later on.
The project cost about $2.05 million, including equipment and furniture, and was funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Health and Resources Services Administration.
Lourdes Benedict, the county’s health and human services director, told the Times when construction started last summer that many patients will come from neighboring Safe Harbor, a shelter run by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. She also said the clinic allows the county’s mobile medical unit, which makes frequent stops at Safe Harbor, to spend more time elsewhere in the county.
According to the fact sheet, there were about 3,000 homeless adults in the county last year. The county provides services at both clinics through a contract with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County.