Goleta Neighborhood Clinic Expands to meet Behavioral Health Needs

The Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) is celebrating the completion of the Goleta Neighborhood Clinic Expansion Project. The expansion includes a dedicated behavioral health center, pediatric rooms, a community education/conference room, and clinic-wide call center.  The expansion will mean Goleta Neighborhood Clinic will give health access to over 7, 000 low-income, underserved children, adults, and seniors.

The public is invited to tour the new facilities and meet the staff at 5580 Calle Real, Goleta CA on March 8, 2018 between 12:00pm-1:30pm. Goleta Mayor Pro Tempore, Stuart Kasdin, will give the keynote address before the ribbon cutting at 12:30. Dr. Charles Fenzi will also recognize the contribution of Michael and Anne Towbes.

The behavioral health center will include space for a psychiatrist and counseling services and will house services for the Santa Barbara Resiliency Project.  “There is a huge need for behavioral health services in our community and SBNC is so proud to be able to meet this need,” said Dr. Charles Fenzi CEO and CMO of Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics. “The Goleta Expansion represents our final phase of growth in Goleta, where we have served over 13,000 people since the opening of our new clinics.”

Dr. Andria Ruth serves as lead clinician at Goleta Neighborhood Clinic and Medical Director for the Santa Barbara Resiliency Project, a collaborative of multiple organizations whose aim is to reduce adverse childhood experience. This innovative partnership is being piloted in Goleta, where pediatric patients and their parents are screened for adverse childhood experiences and receive support services to help mitigate disease later in life.

Over a million dollars in federal funding from the Health Resources Services Administration, along with the generous support of Michael and Anne Towbes, the Mosher Foundation, the Alice Tweed Touhy Foundation, and Cottage Health made the expansion possible.

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) is an independent, non-profit, community health center dedicated to providing high quality, comprehensive, affordable healthcare to all people, regardless of their ability to pay, in an environment that fosters respect, compassion and dignity. SBNC is comprised of two dental clinics, four medical clinics, and offers behavioral health services that serve over 21,000 people in our community.