Ritter Center's Medical Clinic provides both urgent and primary care to low-income, homeless and uninsured patients. In 2010, thanks to a grant from the Sutter Health Access to Care Fund, the clinic also began providing behavioral health services including therapy and psychopharmacological medicine management. The behavioral health program, Behavioral Wellness Education and Life Learning or BWELL for short, integrates our therapists and substance abuse counselors with our medical and case management teams to holistically assist patients with complex needs.
In 2011, Ritter Center became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) focusing on the special needs of the homeless as a subrecipient of Marin City Health and Wellness Center's grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant and FQHC status - which allows Ritter to receive higher reimbursement rates from Medicare and Medicaid - will improve the services available at Ritter Center and increase our sustainability well into the future.
Historically, more than 50% of our clinic's patients are uninsured. For many patients, the emergency department has been the only resource for urgent medical issues or complications in the management of a chronic illness such as diabetes, hypertension and COPD. Ritter Health Center helps patients successfully manage their chronic illnesses greatly reducing acute episodes that lead to costly emergency department visits and poorer health outcomes.