On June 24th the Women's Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County was awarded a $215,000 two-year grant from the Blue Shield of California Foundation to promote domestic violence and healthcare safety net partnerships that address and prevent domestic violence through integrated models of service and system-level improvements. This grant was one of only two awarded in the entire state of California during the most recent funding cycle.
The grant will create an innovative project that will furnish the training necessary for local medical professionals to provide domestic violence assessment and referrals while also seeking to empower local domestic violence victims to obtain needed health services. Deputy Director Jason Reed states that, “This exciting project will allow our community to better respond to the federal Affordable Care Act's provisions concerning domestic violence victims and their right to access quality healthcare services." The collaborative project will also leverage the services and capacity of three other project partner agencies: RISE, Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County and Community Health Centers of the Central Coast.