Southern California Program

St. John's Well Child & Family Center

Health Care
Los Angeles, CA
June 2015

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center (St. John’s), in partnership with the Special Needs Network, is working to create the South Los Angeles Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (the CADD).  The new 10,000-square-foot facility will expand access to health and development services for 13,800 low-income children with special health care needs and their families.  This project responds to the intense need for services among the rising numbers of children with developmental, behavioral, emotional, and learning disabilities in South Los Angeles, the barriers families face in addressing their children’s needs, and the dearth of services available for this population.  The CADD will offer a combination of primary and specialty medical, dental, and mental health services, comprehensive developmental assessments, treatment, interventions, parent training and community integration services.  The W. M. Keck Foundation’s grant will support renovation of vacant clinical space within the former Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital in Watts.  The CADD’s location adjacent to the new MLK Outpatient Center and new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital will provide easy access for specialty and emergency services for patients.

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