San Diego Center for Children - Impact Report 2019-2020

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Impact Report





Your generosity and dedication is an investment in the more than 1,000 children, teens and families we serve every day who struggle with mental health challenges.

We strive to: • Promote long-term individual success by supporting and educating youth with mental, emotional and/or behavioral health challenges and their families • Support at-risk youth during their transition to adulthood • Impact early diagnosis and treatment rates of mental, emotional and/or behavioral health disorders in San Diego County by increasing access to early assessment opportunities Last year, we were able to empower the lives of

9778 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

Prevent emotional suffering.

all children and families

Incite change.

live joyful and healthy lives.

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As we reflect on the past year, we recall the worry and uncertainty, as well as the feelings of concern for our colleagues, partners and supporters affected by COVID-19. Yet, despite the challenges and struggles brought on by the Pandemic, with no interruption, our incredible staff continued to deliver our essential services to a community in need. The needs of the youth and families we serve today are greater than they have ever been and your support this past year has helped to give children access to the care they need and deserve. Your generosity allowed us to continue to work with youth and families to overcome the struggles of mental, emotional, or behavioral health challenges and to provide them with the necessary therapeutic and educational services needed to be successful.


Dear Friends and Supporters,

With the support of our community, the Center has been providing hope and healing to those in need for 133 years. We look to this upcoming year as a time to rebuild our community and 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 that will 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

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Our Impact

Youth Served by Race/Ethnicity Ages 0-21


9978 youth

and family members were empowered


Youth Served by Gender Ages 0-21

45% Female 54% Male 1% Other

92% of youth

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

99% family

involvement during youth treatment

95% of youth

Over 50 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

avoided psychiatric hospitalization

20% of the

1,450 youth we served are foster youth

Serra Mesa Linda Vista Main Campus

La Mesa El Cajon Spring Valley

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A Year of Perseverance and Growth Over the past year, and with your support, we adapted our programs during the unprecedented COVID-19 public health crisis and also launched new programs to meet new, emerging needs…


ur FFAST and Wrapworks programs continued to operate using telehealth. Staff provided remoteaccess services in lieu of in-person appointments and referrals were still accepted through our community partners, with priority being given to atrisk families. Outpatient services continued with modifications. Staff provided remoteaccess services to youth and families with significant behavioral healthcare challenges. Our Nonpublic school provided remote support to families and youth through a virtual educational platform. In addition, our special education students continued to receive remote counseling, speech and occupational therapy, and math/reading remediation. Residential Program: Our Residential Treatment Center continued to operate in person without interruption, even with an increase of over 300% in the number of foster youth referred and admitted to our Short-Term Residential Treatment Program during the Pandemic.

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New Programs: In the midst of the Pandemic, we launched new programs at the Center to meet the growing need for mental health services for children and families.


Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Action This past year, the Center renewed its efforts to advocate for social and racial justice by launching a comprehensive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action initiative throughout the entire organization.

The San Diego Center for Children is committed to: Actively recruit, retain and support diverse staff at all levels within the organization. Facilitate individual and group exploration about issues related to implicit bias, privilege and socio-cultural trauma across the organization. Encourage and provide access to professional development in order to deliver equitable and culturally-informed services to the population we serve. Establish a more inclusionary and egalitarian culture within the organization.

Remote Telehealth Keeping children and families engaged over a computer screen can be difficult… As all in-person appointments suddenly changed to remote visits, our clinical staff faced new challenges. However, Center team members were able to quickly adapt and find some very fun and unique ways to continue important and necessary therapeutic services with youth and their families during the Pandemic.   5   I M P A C T R E P O R T 2 0 19 - 2 0 2 0


#Help from Home Although the pandemic made it difficult for volunteers to physically be at the Center, that didn’t discourage them from getting involved. During these challenging times, our community continued to support the Center as virtual volunteers! With the #helpfromhome campaign, volunteers were able to host community drives to collect personal protective equipment (PPE) for our youth and staff, and food for families in need. Volunteers and community members were also encouraged to donate meals for our essential on-site team members. We are so thankful for all the support we received.

Community drives to collect PPE for our youth and staff, and food for our families. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)​ • Over 7,000 Masks donated​ • Over 5,000 Gloves​ • 70 Face Shields​

Meals for on-site staff​ • Over $2,000 raised


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Learning from

a Distance


he dedication, care and flexibility our teachers, therapists and staff have shown in responding to the Pandemic has been nothing short of remarkable. When the stay-at-home orders began, teachers and staff at the Academy quickly transformed lesson plans and began to teach through virtual classrooms. Academy therapists continued to meet with community-based students and family members virtually, and students receiving speech and occupational therapy services were able to do so online as well. Additionally, within a few weeks, teachers and therapists were able to identify and assess each child and family needs, and worked quickly with the educational team to address immediate concerns and to connect families to additional resources.

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The Academy team was also able to work together to create a special graduation for the Senior Class of 2020. Abiding by all COVID-19 safety protocols, teachers and staff hosted a drive-through graduation and celebrated each student’s accomplishments and resilience.

Meeting the Needs of our Community


ven prior to the Pandemic, we were working diligently on building a continuum of mental health services to respond more effectively to the needs of youth and families in our community. To that end, in 2020 we launched three new services in partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego: Intensive Outpatient Program, Intensive Family Services and Collaborative Care in partnership with Children’s Primary Care Medical Group. Through these programs, we have been able to respond to the increasing need in the community for mental health services for youth and adolescents. During the stay-at-home order, we were able to provide telehealth therapeutic interventions for youth with significant behavioral health challenges. Our teams worked with families exhibiting the greatest needs by providing a range of virtual in-home supports and services through several remote contacts a week.

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Celebrating 40 years of service and

dedication to the San Diego Center for Children!


or 40 years, The Iris Auxiliary has provided “extras” to help support the Center youth in experiencing the joys of childhood. During the past four decades, Iris Auxiliary has donated over $1 million to the Center. Special projects have included: the beloved playground, the Iris Garden and a room remodel in the children’s residential cottage. Iris continues to play a special role in helping our youth and staff celebrate special holidays throughout the year as well as volunteer their time, talent and treasure to help teach our youth much needed skills. The Center is incredibly grateful to the Iris Auxiliary for their continued leadership and dedication to the youth we serve.

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Wacky Wonderland December 9, 2019

It was a wacky, fun time at our 4th annual holiday festival and donation drive that brought over 300 community members together to celebrate the season of giving! Thanks to our amazing community, the event raised over $50,000 and the donation drive brought in over 5,000 toys, games and gift cards for youth and families served by the Center!

133rd Anniversary Celebration May 8, 2020

Cherishing the Joys of Childhood Due to the Pandemic, the Center’s 133rd Anniversary Celebration looked very different than previous years. With the help of our wonderful Honorary Chairs, Linda and Mel Katz, the Center was able to quickly pivot this beloved annual event to a “reimagined” virtual format. Through video

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and technology, the Center was able to continue the tradition of highlighting our youth, families, and staff, as well as appreciate our volunteers and generous supporters. Over $165,000 was raised to help support our programs and services countywide!

Financial Stability Expenses

Statement of Financial Position 6/30/2020



Total Net Assets

$ 11,312,046

$ 11,172,203

Total Liabilities & Net Assets

$ 20,019,404

$ 16,805,051



Statement of Activities for June 30, 2020

2% Fundraising

Total Liabilities


$ 16,805,051

8% Overhead

$ 20,019,404

90% Services

Total Assets

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


Fees for services - non-government






Other income



Total revenue and support

$ 23,913,558

Revenue & Support


Expenses Services









Total expenses

$ 23,773,715

Change in net assets



Net assets beginning of year



Net assets end of year



Fee for services county and school districts

1% Other income




Fee for services non-government

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Leadership Team Board of Trustees

Advisory Council

Jacqueline Greulich, Chairperson

Jodie Brokowski, Esq.

Moisés Barón, Ph.D.

Student and Career Services Manager University of San Diego School of Business

General Counsel Children’s Specialists of San Diego

President & CEO

Tim Carter

Chief Financial Officer

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.

Lisa Goodman Vice President - Wealth Management Reilly Financial Advisors

Frank Fornaca President The ReadiGroup, Inc.

Mindy Mattison

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

Paula A. Cordeiro, Ph.D. Dammeyer Distinguished Professor of Global Leadership and Education University of San Diego Department of Leadership Studies

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)

Angie Lasagna

Speech and Language Pathologist, Retired

Vice President of Community Relations & Media Affairs Mission Federal Credit Union

Patricia Riley

James Lauer

Attorney at Law Marriage and Family Therapist

Eliot Peters Managing Director RA Capital Advisors

DeAnne Steele

U.S. Trust Managing Director Investment Executive – Western United States

Senior Leadership

Diana Landis

Cheryl Rode, Ph.D. Vice President of Clinical Operations

Janelle Battaglia, LCSW Director of Business Development

Monique Guerrero 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 Senior Director of Residential Programs

Kristi S. Worley Director of Philanthropy

Attorney at Law Referee Juvenile Court (retired)

Lidia S. Martinez Community Outreach Manager Southwest Airlines

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

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

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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