Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families

Providing Hope & Help

Camarillo, CA   |  www.casapacifica.org

Mission

Casa Pacifica restores hope, enhances resilience, and strengthens community connections for children, young adults and families at the most challenging times of their lives.

Ruling year info

1992

CEO

Shawna Morris

Main address

1722 South Lewis Rd

Camarillo, CA 93012 USA

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Formerly known as

Youth Connection of Ventura County

EIN

77-0195022

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Casa Pacifica works to address the vital and growing needs of our region's most vulnerable children and youth – abused, neglected, and abandoned children placed into foster care; at-risk youth and their families working together to prevent their removal from home; youth struggling with drug/alcohol dependence; and transitional and emancipated foster youth who upon emancipation, statistics show, are at the greatest risk for high-risk behaviors such as drug abuse, crime, prostitution, early/unwanted pregnancy, school dropout, unemployment, etc. Casa Pacifica not only focuses on providing programs and services to help children and families as they face challenging times, but also focuses on strengthening care-givers' ability to meet the needs of children/youth in their care-whether it be a biological family member, foster parent, or extended family member through a robust training program in our Training Institute.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Residential Treatment Center

The Residential Treatment Center provides 48 beds to youth with complex emotional and behavioral problems who are either entering the foster care system, or are already in the system but have failed a foster/group home placement.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

A fully certified special education school with low teacher/student ratio that helps students regain grade level, build classroom skills, and grow socially.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Provides transitional (16-18 years) and emancipated (18-24 years) foster youth support services including housing, employment, living skills, clinical services, and educational assistance, among others.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Short term residential intensive therapeutic intervention program for youth heading into or being discharged from psychiatric hospitalization.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Health Clinic - A fully certified primary care clinic specializing in the physical and emotional issues presented by foster and at-risk youth.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) 1998

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 2002

Awards

Program of The Year 2009

California Mental Health Advocates for Children & Youth

Best Non-Profit Web Site 2012

Web Marketing Association

People's Choice Award for Best Non-Profit 2012

Ventura County Reporter

People's Choice Award for Best Charity Event 2012

Ventura County Reporter

People's Choice for Best Cultural Event 2012

Ventura County Reporter

Exemplary Program Award 2019

California State University, Northridge - Child & Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter

Affiliations & memberships

Alliance for Children and Families - Member 2006

Chamber of Commerce 1995

Council of Accreditation of Child and Family Services, Inc. 1998

Coalition on Residential Education (CORE) 2003

National Council of Community Behavioral Health Organizations 2000

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients who are discharged when planned

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of direct care staff who received training in primary prevention strategies and other techniques to avoid the need for restraint and seclusion

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of direct care staff who received training in trauma informed care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The closure of our Children Intensive Responsive Team (CIRT) program in 2016 impacted our numbers of total clients served.

Number of new clients within the past 12 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Clients that received mental health services is estimated based on clients that have a diagnosis.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Casa Pacifica's mission is to provide hope and help for abused, neglected, or at-risk children and their families; and our vision is to lead the services sector in promoting healthy outcomes for children/youth and in strengthening families. As the largest nonprofit provider of children/youth's mental health services in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, our programs are organized into a full spectrum of care that are geared toward keeping children safe, in their homes and communities, in school, out of trouble; helping youth and families learn strategies and skills to cope with complex mental health issues; assisting adolescents to break free from substance dependence; and preparing and supporting transitional and emancipated foster youth to become self-sufficient as they begin their independent lives in the community.

Casa Pacifica provides 14 cutting-edge, evidence-based, therapeutic programs, both campus- and community-based that include assessment, trauma care, medical/clinical services, and educational services. Each of Casa Pacifica's programs brings together the right expertise and appropriate resources to facilitate positive changes in the lives of children and youth by building on their inherent strengths and resilience, developing healthy and vital coping and self-regulatory skills, keeping them engaged with their education, and creating essential life and learning experiences that are critical for healthy human development. The agency serves approximately 400 children/youth daily; 1,800 children yearly, not including work with parents, foster families, group home staff, schools, and community organizations.

In addition to Casa Pacifica's beautiful campus located in the farmlands of Camarillo, the agency has three satellite offices located in Camarillo, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria, from which community-based programs serve youth in their homes, schools, and communities. Additionally, the agency's Transitional Youth Services program maintains three transitional living houses for emancipated foster youth – one adjacent to Casa Pacifica's campus that offers semi-independent living, one in Oxnard, and one in Ventura – the latter two fully independent living settings. Casa Pacifica maintains a staff of 350 employees.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2019-2020
• More than 42,433 children have now been admitted to one of our programs since opening in 1994.
• Casa Pacifica provided 17,542 days of care (bed days).
• Since opening in 1994 Casa Pacifica has provided nearly 655,000 days of care (bed days) in total.
• Over ten years ago more kids were served on-campus than in the community - today one in five kids is served on campus.
• Of the over 400 children and youth served each day, 20% are enrolled in a campus program.
• Every 4.7 hours we admitted a child into one of our programs, on average 5 youth a day.
• Casa Pacifica worked with over 1,700 children and their families in 2,228 episodes of care.
• We provided over 6,300 student days in our on-campus, special education school through March 2020, and continued to serve the 66 students remotely through Distance Learning during the pandemic.
• We delivered an average of 3.6 hours of mental health services per child per week.
• Agency-wide ages of children served were: 3% under 5 years old; 16% between 6-11 years; 38% between 12-15 years; 31% between 16-18 years; and 12% between 19-24 years.
• In both our community-based and on-campus services 45% were male, 54% female, and 1% other.
• 90% of children/youth discharged from our bed-based programs moved to lower levels of care.
• 86% of children/youth enrolled throughout all our programs were successful in meeting their treatment goals.
• We handled an average of 132 crisis calls a month in Santa Barbara counties. 40% on average are handled in person.
• We delivered 68,872 hours of Mental Health Service (188 hrs./day); 5,843 hours of Social Service (16 hrs./day); 5,028 hours of Educational Service (14 hrs./day) - a total of 79,743 hours of services provided for the year (218 hrs./day).
• We worked with kids and families from every community in both Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
• Post discharge data shows 86% of clients are not psychiatrically hospitalized, 89% have not had involvement with law enforcement, 85% are still in school and 89% live in a home environment.
• On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 representing best possible care, Casa Pacifica services were rated a 9.1 by youth and families.
• We saw a 6% increase over last year in clients served by our Private Insurance outpatient services. Total clients served in FY1920 was 111.
• Private Insurance clients served came from Los Angeles County (14%), Ventura County (71%), Santa Barbara County (13%), Orange County (1%) and San Diego County (1%).
• Private Insurance programs show a success rate of 87%.

Financials

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Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families

Board of directors
as of 3/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

William Powell

Granite Construction Company

Term: 2017 - 2020

David Wood, Esq.

Barnes & Thornburg

Keets Cassar

Community Advocate

Rosalind Warner

Physician, Private Practice

Marni Brook

Montecitio Bank & Trust

John Broome

Broome Management, LLC

Charles Cohen, Esq.

Cohen Land Use Law

Robert Wynner, Esq.

Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, PC

Brenda Allison

Owner, Coast General Insurance Brokers

John Kearney

Merrill Lynch - Kearney Group

Terri Parks

Amgen, Inc. (Retired)

Ellen Smith

Moorpark Unified School District (Retired)

Heidi Whitcomb

Ventura Rental Center, Inc.

Eric Shain

Disney ABC Television Group

Adam Thunell

Community Memorial Health System

Narimon Honarpour

Amgen, Inc.

Brick Conners

Port Hueneme City Manager

Daniel Friedlander, Esq.

The Law Offices of Daniel Friedlander

Gary Gorian

Colton Lee Communities, LLC

Melissa Livingston

Ventura County Human Services

John Mallett

Mainstreet Mortgage

Patrick Nygren

Union Bank

Sean Leonard

S.L. Leonard & Associates

Celina Zacarias

CSU Channel Islands

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/17/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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