Free Clinic of Simi Valley

Simi Valley, CA   |  www.freeclinicsv.com

Mission

The mission of the Free Clinic of Simi Valley is to provide medical care, counseling, legal and dental services to individuals and families in need regardless of their ability to pay.

Ruling year info

1973

Executive Director

Mr. Fred W. Bauermeister

Main address

2003 Royal Ave.

Simi Valley, CA 93065 USA

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EIN

23-7108154

NTEE code info

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Legal Services (I80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We are working toward the ultimate goal of providing services to all of those in need.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Medical

The Free Clinic of Simi Valley’s Medical Program address the health problems facing uninsured or under-insured individuals and families in the community. Volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and physician assistants provide direct diagnosis, treatment and education for a wide variety of medical problems.

A partial list of services include...
Primary Medical Services
Pharmacist Ambulatory Care Program
Children's Immunization Program
Family Smoking Cessation Program
Pregnancy Testing / TB Skin Tests

Population(s) Served

Individuals and families spend one hour per week in a private confidential setting receiving careful guidance and caring support from a trained counselor.

Counselors are trained in providing clients with the skills necessary to deal with stress, depression and communication. The average course of therapy ranges from six weeks to six months.

All therapists are either Marriage and Family interns or trainees and working on completing three-thousand hours of supervised counseling in order to become licensed in California. The Free Clinic has a long history of providing training for Marriage and Family Therapists.

Population(s) Served

Volunteer attorneys and paralegals offer information, instruction and assistance in the complex area of law. Individual sessions, which are typically 15 minutes in length but can range up to an hour, offer clients the information needed to protect their family, property or individual rights. A client has usually completed the need for assistance after only one or two sessions.

Population(s) Served

The Free Clinic of Simi Valley’s Dental Program address the health problems facing uninsured or underinsured individuals and families in the community. Volunteer dentists assisted by dental hygienists and dental assistants provide direct diagnosis, treatment and education for a wide variety of dental problems. This is a popular services and it is often difficult to be seen.

A partial list of our dental services include...

Examination. X-rays, simple extraction, fillings, root canals, partials and full dentures.

Teeth Cleaning

Fluoride treatment for children 0-5

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Recognition 2015

United States House of Representatives

Recognition 2016

United States House of Representatives

Non-Profit Organization of the Year 2017

Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

National Association of Free Clinics 2014

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Free Clinic of Simi Valley aims to provide health care, counseling, legal and dental services to individuals in need regardless of their ability to pay. Many of the Clinic's clients are low-income, uninsured people, who have no other means to receive care other than through hospital emergency rooms or other social service agencies. The Clinic seeks to improve the health and well-being of clients through treatment, medication, counseling, and education.

We have found that when clients come to the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, they are typically sicker than most patients you see at other clinics. This is due to the nature of the clientele. Most of our clients have neglected their care, leaving them sicker and more impacted. Therefore, the cases the Clinic sees are typically worse than normal. Our clients, for the most part, have not had consistent medical care, and therefore, present with persistent issues.

The Simi Valley Hospital's 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment stakeholder interviews identified “access to health, dental, vision, mental health and behavioral health services" as serious problems in the community, due to lack of available low-cost services. This is especially important for families who have lost access to mainstream medical care. Women (and their children) constitute the largest number of clients, (over 60%) and traditionally they are more likely to have low wage jobs and face a greater possibility of being uninsured.

As the Affordable Care Act has been implemented, the clients we see at the clinic are the sickest and poorest members of our community, and most in need of health care services. Homeless individuals, convicted felons and undocumented individuals, continue to access services at the Clinic, as well as their family members.

The Free Clinic of Simi Valley submits an Annual Utilization Report of Primary Care Clinics to the State of California. This is required as part of the Clinic's licensing. The 2013 report breaks down encounters by principal diagnosis. The following chart records the classification or disease and/or injuries for each principal diagnosis:

Classification of Disease or Injuries - # of Encounters
Infectious and Parasitic Diseases - 460
Neoplasms - 0
Endocrine, Nutritional, Metabolic Diseases, Immunity Disorders - 3,539
Blood and Blood Forming Disorders - 0
Mental Disorders - 2,461
Nervous System and Sense Organs Diseases - 8
Circulatory System Diseases - 1,890
Respiratory System Diseases - 1,282
Digestive System Diseases - 760
Genitourinary System Diseases - 252
Pregnancy, Childbirth and Puerperiums - 0
Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Diseases - 753
Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue Diseases - 1,287
Symptoms, Signs and Ill-defined Conditions - 48
Injury and Poisoning - 144
Factors influencing Health Status and Contact with Health Services - 0
Dental Diagnosis - 3,649
Family Planning - 288
Other - 240

Medical Services
Volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and physician assistants, provide direct diagnosis, treatment, and education for a wide variety of medical problems. A partial list of services includes: Primary Medical Services, Pharmacist Ambulatory Care Program, Children's Immunization Program, Family Smoking Cessation Program, Chiropractic Care, Medical Education, Acupuncture, TB Skin Tests, Community Flu Shot Clinics, Licensed Pharmacy.

Dental Program
Volunteer dentists, assisted by dental hygienists and dental assistants provide direct diagnosis, treatment, and education, for a wide variety of dental problems. This is a popular service, and it is often difficult to be seen. A partial list of our dental services includes: Examinations, X-rays, simple extractions, fillings, partial and full dentures, teeth cleaning, and fluoride treatment for children, ages 0-5.

Counseling
Counselors are trained in providing clients with the skills necessary to deal with stress, depression and communication. The average course of therapy ranges from six weeks to six months. Typical counseling involves issues of: Family communication, depression and anxiety, trauma recovery, healthy relationships and play therapy for children.

Legal
Volunteer attorneys and paralegals offer clients the information needed to protect their family, property or individual rights. these include family law, landlord/tenant disputes, individual rights and bankruptcy.

The Medical Program includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, and physician assistants. The Free Clinic has established extensive relationships with outside providers who offer many services pro bono, including blood testing, diagnostic imaging (MRIs, x-rays, CT scans, etc.), surgeries, and the like. Oversight of the medical operations of the Clinic is provided by Dr. Jonathan Kurohara, MD, who serves as a volunteer Medical Director. Through Dr. Kurohara's leadership, the Clinic has been able to establish a partnership with Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center, Family Practice Residency Program. Each year, since 2007, physicians in the residency program perform part of their family medicine rotation at the Free Clinic. There are currently 16 physicians in rotation.

The Counseling Program is administered by Marriage and Family interns or trainees that are working on completing 3,000 hours of supervised counseling in order to become licensed in California. The interns are supervised by licensed MFT counselors. Oversight of the Counseling Program is provided by Kristy Schadt, MFT, RPT, as a Director of Counseling Services. To date there have been 50 individuals licensed as Marriage and Family Therapists in California that were former interns at the Free Clinic of Simi Valley. Under the regulation of the State of California Board of Behavioral Science, the Free Clinic can have eight interns under supervision. Requests to obtain a supervisor from the Clinic are so great that Clinic maintains a waiting list of candidates. These requests come from Master's Degree candidates from a variety of local universities.

The Dental Program includes volunteer dentists assisted by dental hygienists, dental assistants, and patient advocates. Supervision of the Dental Program is provided by Dr. Ean Kleiger, DDS, as a volunteer Director of Dental Services. Although Dr. Kleiger lives and practices outside of Simi Valley, he works diligently to improve services of the Clinic's Dental Program. Through his leadership, the Clinic continues to attract volunteer dentists, now totaling 14.

The Legal Program has volunteer lawyers and paralegals. Supervision of the Legal Program is provided by Ron Whiteman, Esq., as a volunteer Director of Legal Services. Mr. Whiteman lives and practices outside of Simi Valley, but has been a volunteer at the Free Clinic for over 40 years. In addition to seeing clients, Mr. Whiteman works to bring quality legal services to those in need.

The Free Clinic of Simi Valley is saving lives, improving the health of the community, and reducing health care costs. We do this through preventing visits to hospital emergency departments, which are costly and provide no continuity of care. By serving as our clients' needs, we are improving the health of our patients by providing ongoing care and treating patients before conditions worsen.

Our data demonstrates that we are lowering the diabetes counts of our diabetic patients and we are keeping the blood pressure of our hypertensive patients in a safe range. We also track a number of other specific health measures on a quarterly and annual basis. These measures are evaluated by our service directors and the Clinic's funders.

In order to expand services, the Clinic is in need of general, unrestricted, operating funds. There are long waits for impacted programs, such as the Legal and Dental Services program.

Financials

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Free Clinic of Simi Valley

Board of directors
as of 7/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maggie Kestly

Mid-Valley Properties

Term: 2017 -

Curt Witeby

Insurance West

Harry VanDyck

Maggie Kestly

Mid-Valley Properties

Polly Vlasic

Don Sturt

Keller Williams Realty

John Lindsey

Lindsey & Lindsey Wealth Management

Kurt Fredrickson

Fuller Theological Seminary

Phyllis Wilson, MA MFT

Ron Hyrchuk

Simi Valley Hospital

Vincent Dulcich

Mane' Berbel

Best Valley Insurance Agency

Fred Bauermeister

Free Clinic of Simi Valley

Donald Erickson

Kelly Gaines

Tracey Young

Free Clinic of Simi Valley

Jill Haney

Montecito Bank & Trust

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No