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CalOptima honors O.C. organizations

The Safety Net Award program recognizes groups that help underserved communities

by Scott McCourtneyPublished: September 14, 2012 09:15 AM

Four Orange County charitable organizations have been honored by public agency CalOptima with Safety Net Awards for their outstanding commitment to residents in O.C. CalOptima, a public county agency, provides health coverage programs to underserved residents throughout Orange County.

The four organizations are recognized for their dedication to serving the county’s vulnerable populations, including battered women, people with mental illnesses and low-income children and families, and providing them with a chance to receive healthcare and social services.

“We honor our community partners with the Safety Net Award to salute them for their commitment to supporting residents in need,” said Mark Refowitz, CalOptima Board of Directors. “The winners this year demonstrate the positive impact that organizations can have on increasing access to health care and social service.”

Named for CalOptima’s first CEO, the Mary K. Dewane Safety Net Award program distributes $100,000 to award winners to continue to help those in need. The four recipient organizations will each receive $25,000 to support their programs and services.

Grandma’s House of Hope (GHH) provides a special housing program for homeless women that have health issues. Last year GHH has provided more than 100 women suffering from serious medical issues with a proper place to recover from surgeries, treatments and medical or behavioral therapies.

Serve the People Community Health Center (STP) provides health and social services to adults and children living in Santa Ana. This clinic has a dedicated team that serves low-income residents with little or no medical insurance.

Mental Health Association of Orange County (MHA) creates education and training materials and programs on mental health issues for law enforcement and security agencies throughout O.C.  MHA led a team of police officers, behavioral health specialists and consultants to create a video to better help individuals in the field with people of mental illnesses.

Vietnamese Community of Orange County Inc. (VNCOC) was recognized for providing a program that combines primary care, mental health services, food, non-emergency medical transportation and case management to individuals who don’t qualify for Orange County’s behavioral health programs. VNCOC serves these vulnerable individuals to prevent more costly and chronic conditions from developing.


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