“To continually improve and maintain a comprehensive healthcare system to serve the needs and traditional values of our American Indian Community.”
Sonoma County Indian Health Project, Inc. (SCIHP) was established in 1971 by a group of leaders from the Indian communities of Sonoma County. Their goal was to provide health care for all Indians of Sonoma County and to provide services in a manner which is sensitive to the culture and traditions of the local Indian Tribes.
Over the years, SCIHP has steadily progressed from a small organization consisting of a single dental chair and an exam table to the multimillion-dollar comprehensive health care facility it is today. Even in these turbulent times of health care and diminishing resources, we continue to grow.
Because SCIHP is funded by State, County and private funds, we also provide care to non-Indians depending on the funding source. SCIPH has now expanded care to non-Indians with Medi-Cal on a limited basis.
Cloverdale, Dry Creek, Graton, Lytton, Manchester Point Area and Stewarts Point Rancherias have designated SCIHP as a Tribal Organization, under P.L. 93-638. The Mishewal Wappo tribe is also one of the tribes that support SCIHP. SCIHP has 501(c)(3) status and is incorporated by the State of California as a non-profit organization.
SCIHP is licensed by the State of California as A Community Health Center. We currently provide medical, dental, nutritional, behavioral health, pharmacy and health education services.
Through a special relationship with the California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB), SCIHP is a subcontractor with the federal government. In effect, this establishes SCIHP as a tribal organization under the provisions of Public Law 93-638 (Indian Self-Determination & Education Act), and as such, performs the functions of the Indian Health Service throughout our assigned service area. This relationship carries certain responsibilities to the tribal governments, which comprise our contractual relationship.