San Diego Center for Children - Impact Report - 2020-2021

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Impact Report 2020–2021


The generosity from our partners in the community allows us to continue to work with youth and families to overcome mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges by providing them with the necessary therapeutic and educational services to be successful.

We strive to: • Promote the early identification of mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges • Improve access to a comprehensive continuum of therapeutic and educational services to youth and families in need regardless of ability to pay • Provide evidence-based, trauma informed and culturally responsive holistic services • Support at-risk youth during their transition to adulthood Last year, we were able to empower the lives of 10,982 youth and family members through our nationally accredited mental health and educational services. Thank you for helping us continue our legacy as San Diego’s oldest children’s nonprofit.




Protect the joy of childhood.

Inspire a world where all

Prevent emotional suffering.

children and families live

Incite change.

joyful and healthy lives.

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As a partner and supporter of the Center, you know firsthand that it has continued to be a challenging time for so many and we are very concerned. Youth mental health indicators are moving in the wrong direction and have become a national crisis, and we are seeing the manifestations in all of our programs. Not only are we hearing from more families seeking help, but our staff is reporting a significant increase in the severity of the problems presented by the youth we serve. We are making every effort to meet the increasing demand and are thankful to our supporters who contribute in such meaningful ways to help further our mission. The Pandemic has unveiled and magnified the pediatric mental health crisis our communities had already been experiencing. The need for the services the Center provides has never been greater. We are grateful for the support we receive as we redouble our efforts to provide quality, responsive and accessible care to the many youth and families in need.


Dear Friends and Supporters,

With the support of our community, the Center has been providing hope and healing for 134 years. We will continue to work to expand and build upon our continuum of services to strengthen the many children and families who are struggling with mental health challenges that have been exacerbated by the Pandemic. Thank you for your continued partnership and support. Together we will create the necessary change to have a lasting impact on the community we serve. With Gratitude,

Moisés Barón, Ph.D. president & ceo

Jacqueline Greulich chairperson of the board of trustees



Youth Served by Race/Ethnicity

Our Impact

Ages 0-21



Youth Served by Gender

youth and family members were empowered

95% of youth

were discharged to a lower or same level of care after treatment

100% family involvement during youth treatment

Ages 0-21

45% Female 51% Male 4% Other Over 25 Master’s and Doctoral graduate students from 15 programs participated in our professional training programs in the areas of psychology, counseling, special education and social work.

Our 8 Program Sites Carlsbad

San Marcos Escondido

94% of youth

avoided psychiatric hospitalization

Serra Mesa Linda Vista Main Campus

24% of the

La Mesa El Cajon Spring Valley

youth we served are foster youth Every zip code in San Diego County • Receive referrals from throughout California • Contract with every School District in the County 3

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Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Action


n June of 2020 the Center embarked in a process to review and enhance our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practices as an organization. A campuswide committee with broad representation was created to generate goals and recommendations to help us become a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable agency. In the Spring of 2021, the IDEA committee created two separate workgroups to advance our DEI goals. One group focused on Recruitment and Retention while the second group focused on Training.

Initial Efforts on Recruitment and Retention

A diversity statement for SDCC was created and is now included in all postings for new positions. •

New Hire Orientation has been updated to include the Center’s DEI goals and expectations

A list of diversity and inclusion questions was developed to be used in recruitment of new staff

Black Staff Support Group was launched

Board Development Committee initiated efforts to diversify Board of Trustees


The IDEA Training Working Group made the recommendation to review our organizational values through a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion lens. The group drafted new language to restate SDCC’s values which was approved by the IDEA Committee, Senior Staff, and then Ratified by the Board.

SDCC Restated Values The San Diego Center for Children has adopted the following values as the internal beliefs, ethics, and guiding morals to base all goals, objectives, interactions, and practices:

Welcoming: SDCC promotes a positive,

friendly, inviting environment where diversity is celebrated.

Optimistic: SDCC focuses on the strengths

of individuals and the communities we serve and builds on their successes while advocating for and modeling positive system change.

Excellence: SDCC maintains a growth

mindset, sets high standards, and holds us accountable in fulfilling best practices toward improving the lives of those we serve and our community, and promoting an antiracist and non-discriminatory environment.

Wellness: SDCC promotes the health

and well-being of the whole person and acknowledges the traumatic impact of adverse community environments, systemic oppression, and the need for diverse healing practices.

Collaboration: SDCC promotes diverse representation in decision making by partnering with families, the community, and staff to reach common goals, empowerment, and equity for all.

Compassion: SDCC encourages empathic

practice for self and others by viewing all situations through a culturally humble and trauma informed lens.




Building an integrated continuum of care


n early 2020, amid the Pandemic, the San Diego Center for Children and Rady Children's Hospital initiated a partnership to launch much needed services in the San Diego community: Collaborative Care in Pediatric Practices, Intensive Family Services (for youth not having access to Wraparound through Specialty Mental Health), and an Intensive Outpatient Program. After one year, this pilot project was renewed given the positive outcomes during the first 12 months.

Collaborative Care in Pediatric Practices The Center provides a full range of in-person mental health services at 2 Children’s Primary Care Medical Group (CPCMG) pediatric medical offices. Children and families identified by pediatricians in need of behavioral health services are referred to Center staff and interns embedded in those practices. Center staff conducts consultations, warm hand-offs, and timely screenings to identify the services that best meet the needs of youth and families. These services include: crisis intervention and stabilization, Family Needs Assessment and Family Action Plans, intake and therapeutic services, group therapy, case management and/or referrals to the appropriate level of care while providing support.


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Intensive Family Services (IFS) IFS provides in-person and telehealth Wraparound services to families with the most significant challenges. Using a carefully designed and highly customized planning process, SDCC provides youth and families with support systems and relevant resources in their community and everyday environments with the ultimate goal to improve overall functioning and maintain youth in the least restrictive level of care.

Services include: •

In-home assessment of youth and family needs; Goal setting for the entire family.

Individualized and family-driven services provided in the community, home and/or school settings, or SDCC sites.

Community-based case management, crisis prevention and response, parent and youth coaching, therapy, and community linkage.

AGE RANGE 7 to 17 years of age with an average age of 12 (36% female, 64% male)

18% identified as LATINX 11 INTAKES TOTAL NUMBER OF SERVICES PROVIDED: Average 91 service points per month, 13 per family each month PRIOR TO TREATMENT, these youth experienced a combined 36 hospitalizations during the 12 months prior to IFS WHILE IN IFS TREATMENT AND AFTER DISCHARGE , there have been only 4 hospitalizations

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) AGE RANGE 12 to 18 years of age with an average age of 15.5 (79% FEMALE , 13% MALE , 8% TRANSGENDER)

23% identified as LATINX , 17% as ASIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER , and 6% as BLACK/AFRICAN AMERICAN 45 intakes 91% ATTENDANCE to treatment 89% successfully DISCHARGED to a lower level of care

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at SDCC is designed for youth ages 13-18 with significant mental health challenges. The program has been developed to meet the needs of youth discharged from more acute and/or restrictive levels of care such as hospitalization or residential, or as an option for those youth in need of more than traditional outpatient care. The IOP program is delivered at the Center’s main campus in Linda Vista three afternoons a week. In addition to the daily therapeutic groups for youth, a Multifamily Group is conducted on a weekly basis.




Addressing Loss of Learning Addressing the


tudents who attend the San Diego Center for Children’s Academy have not had success learning in a traditional school setting due to behavior challenges and/or learning disabilities. A small student to teacher ratio and individual oneon-one instruction are important in helping to address the behavioral health challenges that significantly impact school performance for these students.

During the Pandemic, the Academy transitioned to remote instruction and distance learning which greatly affected our students’ ability to learn. Challenges ranging from logging on to the computer and understanding how the camera works, to the internet not being available in all homes, students struggled to keep engaged and 7

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teachers worried about the consequences for future learning. The Academy was one of the first schools to return to in-person learning. As students returned to the classroom, the Academy saw a decrease in academic scores and an increase in negative classroom behavior. Thanks to generous support and partnerships, staff at the Academy’s intensive Math and Reading Lab were able to assess each student and identify their math and reading levels individually to address their specific need. The challenges Special Thanks are great but with the supportive SDG&E community, the ResMed Foundation Center staff and Rest Haven Children’s students continue Fund to work toward academic success. Soapy Joe’s Carwash

Partnering to support the mental, emotional, and educational needs of foster youth


hanks to a generous challenge grant match from Price Philanthropies, the Center raised significant funds to support equity in education for San Diego’s most vulnerable.

When the Pandemic began, foster youth receiving residential services from the Center began classes remotely from our facility. Given the significant needs of these youth, Center staff members needed to be physically present for supervision, emotional and behavioral support, technology and academic assistance to help them get through the virtual school day. The Center worked tirelessly to increase staffing and resources to provide the best chance for their academic success. However, providing these additional services came at a significant cost. The Center and Price Philanthropies partnered to create a challenge match grant for the community to help support the youth and the Center during this challenging time. Together, with our community supporters and partners, the challenge grant was successful in raising close to $300,000 in funds that directly supported foster youth education!




Enhancing Maintaining and Enhancing a healing environment


he Center was delighted to have completed the muchneeded renovations to the Fergusson residential cottage in the fall of 2020. While the Pandemic delayed the occupancy and celebration of the newly renovated space, we are deeply grateful to the individuals, foundations, corporations and the County of San Diego who all contributed to help create a beautiful and safe space for youth to reside while receiving therapeutic treatment. The Fergusson Cottage is part of the Center’s Short-Term Residential Treatment Program (STRTP), which provides 24/7 intensive care and oversight for at-risk children ages 6-18. The Center’s STRTP is the only licensed residential treatment program in the region for children ages 12 and under and serves youth with the most significant mental health needs. The vital improvements to the cottage were designed with the safety and security of children as a top priority.

Successful transition during COVID-19


he Center has not been immune to the workforce shortage experienced around the country. With safety the main priority in our residential treatment program, Center staff went above and beyond to maintain the proper coverage during this challenging time. Additionally, as outings and activities continued to be cancelled throughout the year, residential youth and staff found creative ways to be active, have fun and lend some extra helping hands in areas on the main campus. 9

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Transition Aged Youth (TAY) at the Center helped in the dietary kitchen with food delivery and dish washing. Youth and staff also began planting and selling succulents during the Pandemic. Plant sales events took place on the Center’s main campus and all proceeds went to the Successful Transitions program which guides transition age youth in creating a personalized, meaningful plan for the future and building the skills and community connections they need to achieve their goals and well-being. These programs would not be possible without the help of the community. We are thankful for the continued support of In-N-Out Foundation, the JEM Project, Bank of America, and County of San Diego Board of Supervisors.

Our amazing volunteers



t has been difficult for volunteers to physically be at the Center this past year, but that has not discourage them from getting involved. Our community continues to support the Center in very creative ways! Volunteers hosted community drives to collect supplies for our youth and staff, and food for families in need.






134th Anniversary Celebration reimagined once again May 9, 2021

Cherishing the Joys of Childhood


he Center’s 134th Anniversary Celebration once again took place virtually. With the help of our wonderful Honorary Chairs, Phyllis and David Snyder, the Center was able to successfully host this beloved annual event in a “reimagined” virtual format. Through video and technology, the Center was able to continue the tradition of highlighting our youth, families, and staff, as well as appreciate our generous supporters. This year's PATH Award recipient was Southwest Airlines and over $165,000 was raised to help support our programs and services countywide!


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A reimagined Holiday experience December 8, 2020


he Center hosted a reimagined and delightful holiday drive-thru toy collection. Guests experienced a decorated campus, tasty treats and photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus all from their car! The holiday drive collected hundreds of toys, games and gift cards to help make the season bright for youth and families served by the Center.



Financial Stability Expenses

Statement of Financial Position 6/30/2021



Total Net Assets

$ 13,334,505

$ 11,312,046

Total Liabilities & Net Assets

$ 18,954,388

$ 20,019,404




Statement of Activities for June 30, 2021

2% Fundraising

Total Liabilities

8% Overhead

$ 18,954,388

90% Services

$ 20,019,404

Total Assets

Revenue and Support Fees for services - county & school districts $


Fees for services - non-government






Other income



Total revenue and support

$ 27,679,168

Revenue & Support


Expenses Services









Total expenses

$ 25,656,709

Change in net assets



Net assets beginning of year



Net assets end of year



Fee for services county and school districts


Other income




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Fee for services non-government

Leadership Team Board of Trustees Jacqueline Greulich, Chairperson Student and Career Services Manager University of San Diego School of Business

Gwynn Thomas, Vice-Chairperson Vice President HUB International

Veronica Rubio, Treasurer Umpqua Bank Senior Vice President, Senior Private Wealth Advisor

Meg Schneider, Secretary Director of Development and Advancement St. Martin of Tours Academy

Joseph Binning President MEPCor Inc.

Stephanie Cone, MD Pediatrician Consultant, The JEM Project Foundation

Lisa Goodman Vice President of Wealth Management Reilly Financial Advisors

Mindy Mattison

Barbara Ybarra

Phyllis Snyder

Public Affairs Consultant

Active Community Leader Rest Haven Children’s Health Fund Rady Children’s Hospital

Moisés Barón, Ph.D., President & CEO San Diego Center for Children

Advisory Council Jodie Brokowski, Esq.

Chief Financial Officer

Tim Carter

Cheryl Rode, Ph.D.

Director, Alternative Funding Solutions Employee Benefits Division Barney & Barney, Marsh & McLennan Agency

Vice President of Clinical Operations

Peter Kane Former San Diego Center for Children Board of Trustee Member Principal and Owner Kane HR Consulting

Linda L. Katz Community Leader & Civic Activist

Richard Kintz, Esq. Partner Corporate Practice Group Sheppard Mullin (of counsel)

Patricia Riley

James Lauer

Community Volunteer

Attorney at Law Referee Juvenile Court (retired)

Janelle Battaglia, LCSW Director of Business Development

Kristin Carpenter Director of Human Resources

Pam Hansen, LCSW Senior Director of Specialty Clinical Programs

Misty Howard Director of Quality Assurance

James McElroy, M.Ed. Principal of San Diego Center for Children Academy

Ervey Salinas, LMFT Senior Director of Residential Programs

Kristi S. Worley Director of Philanthropy

Lidia S. Martinez

Managing Director RA Capital Advisors

Partner iAdelante! Strategies

Dustin Sutton

John Mattison, MD

Real Estate and Business Development Manager Founder, Black Commercial Real Estate Network

Diana Landis

General Counsel Children’s Specialists of San Diego

Angie Lasagna

Eliot Peters

Moisés Barón, Ph.D. President & CEO

Speech and Language Pathologist, Retired

Attorney at Law Marriage and Family Therapist

Senior Leadership

Operating Partner/Chief Medical Information Officer Arsenal Capital Partners Assistant Medical Director, Chief Health Information Officer, Emeritus Kaiser Permanente, Southern California



3002 Armstrong Street, San Diego, CA 92111

Phone: (858) 277-9550


Funding for a portion of our programs provided by the County of San Diego