On Monday, November 4, our grantee The Achievable Foundation celebrated the Grand Opening of Achievable Clinic, a first-of-its-kind, multidisciplinary medical home for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

More than 100 supporters attended, including our own Lynne O’ Hara, Executive Director of the Special Hope FoundationCulver City Mayor Jeffrey Cooper and representatives from key partners, including LA Care Health Plan, The Material World Foundation, S. Mark Taper Foundation and Cedars-Sinai, were also at the ribbon cutting.

Festivities included testimonials from people who will be served at the clinic, guided tours of the facility and a live DJ set by Rayvone Douthard, who is both an Achievable board member and an individual served by the foundation.

With the establishment of the Achievable Clinic, the foundation will be able to improve health outcomes and overcome barriers to adequate care for people with developmental disabilities.

But wait! There is more!

Just a few days after the opening, The Achievable Clinic achieved Federally Qualified Health Clinic (FQHC) status. On November 7, The U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sibelius announced $150 million in awards under the Affordable Care Act to support 236 new health center sites across the country. These investments will help care for approximately 1.25 million additional patients.

Read more about the awards.

“For Achievable, the FQHC New Access Point grant is for $375K in the first 15 months, then $300K in year 2 if we meet our goals,” says Alex Soschin of the Achievable Foundation.  “In addition, we get cost basis reimbursement for clients costs not covered by other insurance contracts.”

Achievable will still need continuing support from many champions.

“Our model is not the typical 3 hours in the waiting room, 5 minutes with a nurse model of care.  The time we take before, during and after our visits is what will really stand us out from the crowd, but that requires additional resources to make a reality.”

Alex said that it was because of the support of the Special Hope Foundation that Achievable was awarded the FQHC New Access Point grant.

“Your support proved that Achievable was a worthy investment.”

To learn more about The Achievable Clinic, visit their website: http://achievable.org