Homeless Adolescent and Young Adult Wellness Clinic

The Homeless Adolescent and Young Adult Wellness Clinic (HAWC) provides integrated services for runaway and homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 24. In 2015, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provided medical care to 1,400 homeless and precariously housed young people. Free comprehensive medical care, psychological counseling, case management and health education services are offered through the HAWC clinic at The Teen and Young Adult Clinic on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. HAWC also has a Homeless Outreach Team, which provides basic medical screening at youth drop-in centers and shelters to maximize access to care.  

Youth in need of medical or mental health evaluation and treatment can be linked directly to care via street outreach, shelters or drop-in centers.

Services

  • Reproductive health care
  • HIV and STI testing
  • Some acute and chronic condition treatment
  • Brief problem-focused therapy
  • Trauma-informed crisis intervention
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Psychiatry
  • Professional training

The HAWC program is a member of the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership and the Los Angeles Coalition to End Youth Homelessness.