Family Health Centers of San Diego
Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) is the lead agency for the San Diego Health Care for the Homeless Project. This HCH Project serves the entire county of San Diego through a network of community health clinics, social service agencies, and homeless providers.
FHCSD offers comprehensive services, including adult and pediatric medicine, dental, optometry, speech and hearing, laboratory, pharmacy, women's health, and prenatal services. The project uses an integrated team approach and case management model, initiated through frequent visits into the neighborhood and clinic sites. Project staff include health care providers, case managers, outreach workers, and dual diagnosis counselors who provide substance abuse/mental health screening, crisis intervention, education, and referrals. Other services include translation assistance, client advocacy, basic needs, shelter, and housing referrals. The project also provides primary care and emergency medical services at 19 community clinic sites. A dental restorative project complements basic dental care. New Access Point funding has facilitated the creation of a small primary care clinic with associated support services at a veterans-related residential recovery facility.
The HCH Project has linkages with many social service agencies and homeless service providers as well as networking and referral support of more than 50 agencies countywide.
Estimated homeless population: 12,000
Patients served: 16,000