Department of Psychiatry

Women’s Initiative Supporting Health – Transitions Clinic (WISH-TC)

Women's Initiative Supporting Health - Transitions Clinic

What is Women’s Initiative Supporting Health - Transitions Clinic?

The Women’s Initiative Supporting Health - Transitions Clinic (WISH-TC) is offered through the University of Rochester and Strong Memorial Hospital particularly to serve women recently released from the Monroe Correctional Facility or a state prison. This clinic started taking referrals in September 2012.

Diane Morse, M.D. is the primary care provider (PCP) who directs the project and provides medical care for our patients.

What do WISH-TC services include?

  • Two Community Health Care Workers to help and empower women to access needed healthcare and community services.
  • Community Health Care Workers know about the needs of women who are currently or formerly involved with the justice system through their own experience and training. They want to guide them in taking charge of their own health.
  • Community Health Care Workers will meet women in various community locations, half-way houses, substance use facilities, and in jail to register for the program.
  • PCP provides prescriptions and referrals where needed
  • Bus passes provided for appointments
  • Mental Health referrals and psychiatric medications
  • Chemical dependency treatment that can be linked to the resources at Strong Memorial Hospital.
  • The benefit for justice-involved women of getting care directly after being released by scheduling a needed medical appointment with WISH-TC before release
  • The option for incarcerated women to have their medical records sent to us before their release so we can have a better understanding of their medical needs when they arrive at the clinic (after signing a consent). Please note that all services are provided in a timely and confidential manner.

    Please note: Although appointments can be scheduled before release, women will not receive services until after their release. Our goal is to identify eligible women before their release or as soon after their release from incarceration as possible. This is because we want to link them to healthcare and mental health services, including getting needed prescriptions filled, as soon as possible to increase their chances of successful and empowered re-entry.

Who is eligible for WISH-TC?

Women 18 years and older who have been released from jail or prison within the past 6-9 months or who will be released within the next 1-2 months are eligible for WISH-TC. They must have some kind of current health insurance, be Medicaid eligible, or apply for Strong Charity Care.

Where are WISH-TC services provided?

Patients will receive medical care at the University of Rochester Medicine in Psychiatry Service (MIPS). MIPS has a long history of caring for people who have medical and mental healthcare needs. Our site has a pharmacy and lab.
We are located on the bus line by Movies 10 and Strong Ties at:
2613 West Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623
Bus # 24 or 24A

If you are eligible and interested, please contact these numbers for more information:

Precious Bedell, MA, Project Health Counselor/Community Health Care Worker
Contact #:

585-275-6671 (office)
585-353-9490 (cell)
585-473-5152 (fax)

Email: precious_bedell@urmc.rochester.edu
 
JoZ Powers, Project Health Counselor/Community Health Care Worker
Contact #:

585-275-8401 (office)
585-626-5404 (cell)
585-473-5152 (fax)

Email: joz_powers@urmc.rochester.edu