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Kaiser Permanente Approves $12 Million in Community Benefit Grants in Third Quarter of 2008
Date:10/28/2008

lth Centers to help build a LEED(R) Gold Certified Community Clinic in San Diego County -- the first of its kind in the United States. The 34,660-square-foot medical facility will be constructed with state-of-the-art energy-efficient and environmentally responsible materials, fixtures and operations. The new facility will enable La Maestra to accommodate 60,000 patient visits per year. With the additional space and increased number of employees, the clinic will be able to expand its treatment areas and develop new programs and services.

Kaiser Permanente supports expanded access to health care beyond community health centers, through funding to safety net partners like Colorado's Mile High United Way. The Denver-based organization received $100,000 over three years to develop a plan to reduce homelessness by 75 percent in five years. Kaiser Permanente's funding over the next three years will be allocated toward medical, mental health and substance abuse services for almost 4,000 homeless in the City and County of Denver.

A $335.000 grant also was awarded to a unique collaboration for a pilot program in Los Angeles County that will place homeless individuals in an intensive mental illness/addiction treatment program that includes permanent housing and stabilization instead of serving a jail term. The pilot program is a collaboration with the Los Angeles Public Defender's Office, the Los Angeles City Attorney, Integrated Recovery Network and Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center, and is designed to support people who struggle to address the multiple challenges of homelessness, mental illness and addiction to achieve their goals of stability and independence.

Care and Coverage for Low-Income People

As part of its effort to provide uninsured families with ongoing access to comprehensive care, Kaiser Permanente awarded $200,000 to the Tides Center's State Enrollment Modernization Project in California. The project's mission is to examine
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