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. In 1999, the Board of Directors acquired private land. In collaboration with the Tribes, SCIHP secured several grants through HUD (Housing and Urban Development) to begin building our Facility. Our initial operation revenue was through the Indian Health Service, under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (P.L. 93-638). In 2001, we were able to move into our newly built facility, which is where we are presently located.
SCIHP’s tribal consortium includes, Cloverdale, Dry Creek, Graton, Lytton, Manchester Point Area and Stewarts Point Rancherias, which 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 funded by State, County and private funds. Through a special relationship with the California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB), SCIHP is sub-contracted with the federal government. In effect, this establishes SCIHP as a tribal organization under the provisions of P.L. 93-638, 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.
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. SCIHP has expanded care to non-Indians with Medi-Cal on a limited basis.
SCIHP has adopted the model Medical Home, also known as the patient centered medical home (PCMH), is a team-based health care delivery model that provides comprehensive and continuous medical care to patients with the goal of obtaining maximized health outcomes. It is a place where patients are treated with respect, dignity, compassion, and enable strong and trusting relationships with providers and staff. Above all, the medical home is not a final destination instead, it is a model for achieving primary care excellence so that care is received in the right place, at the right time, and in the manner that best suits the patient’s needs.
The Federal Tort Claims Act covers Sonoma County Indian Health Project, Inc. activities. In addition, SCIHP also provides wrap-around coverage for our providers.