The mission of Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics is to provide high quality, comprehensive, affordable healthcare to all people, regardless of their ability to pay, in an environment that fosters respect, compassion and dignity.
As a critical health safety net for the Santa Barbara Community, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics is dedicated to providing the best possible medical and dental care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. We encourage our patients and our community to partake in healthy living with preventive programs, services, and education. Above all we provide quality healthcare you can depend on – from our family to yours.
Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) was formed in 1998, when three existing medical clinics that had provided care to low-income patients since the 1970’s merged into one entity. The Isla Vista Health Projects opened in 1970, followed shortly by the Carrillo Clinic (originally the Freedom Clinic) in 1971, and the Westside Clinic in 1973.
All the clinics shared a common belief in providing medical services for families regardless of their ability to pay, and were created on the philosophy that obtaining quality medical care is a fundamental right for all people. More than that, each of the clinics is, and has been an intrinsic part of its community and neighborhood. Because of their close relationships with the surrounding community and awareness of their neighborhood’s special needs, a strong bond of trust has been formed between patients and each of our clinics.
In 2004, SBNC officially added dental care to its services after a long-time partnership with the Santa Barbara Children/Family Dental Health Collaborative.
In 2014, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics was designated a Federally-Qualified Health Center by the federal government, in order to expand services to Goleta, where thousands did not have access to a primary care provider. A new dental and medical clinic opened in their permanent locations in 2015 to meet the needs of the Goleta community.
Today, SBNC consists of 4 medical clinics, 2 dental clinics, an integrated care clinic and health promotion services. We are a critical health safety net for Santa Barbara County and provide care to over 20,000 unduplicated patients a year.