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What is Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest's mission?
The mission of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest is to ensure broad public access to reproductive health care through direct service, education, and advocacy.
What services does your affiliate provide?
We offer a wide range of reproductive health services in our 19 health centers located throughout San Diego and Riverside counties. We also offer education and training services to the community.
We offer the following medical services at low or no cost depending on each individual's income and family size:
- Birth control methods
- Emergency contraception (Plan B and ella)
- Pregnancy testing and options counseling
- Adoption and prenatal care referrals
- Medication and surgical abortions
- Pap tests to help reduce the risk for cervical cancer
- Breast exams
- HIV/AIDS testing and counseling
- Male and female sterilization
- HPV (Gardasil) and Hepatitis B vaccination
- STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) testing and treatment
- Menopausal services
- Colposcopy, cryotherapy, and LEEP services
- Early pregnancy management
We also provide sexuality and reproductive health education programs to the community.
Is there a fee for your services?
Our fees for medical services are based on a sliding fee scale according to the patient’s income. Most of our patients qualify for state funding through California’s Family PACT program, which makes our services free to them. We also accept many types of insurance, including Medi-Cal and cash payments on a sliding scale. Learn more at: http://planned.org/insurance.
What population do you serve?
We provide health services to about 150,000 people annually and an additional 30,000 people through the education and training programs.
How is Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest funded?
We are funded through a variety of sources including the following:
- Government contracts
- Private contributions
- Insurance reimbursements
- Patient fees
- Other income
Do you offer services to minors? If so, what are the regulations?
Yes. Under California law, minors can access reproductive health care, obtain birth control, and receive abortion services without parental notification or consent with the exception of testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. Minors must be at least 12 years old to consent to and obtain sexually transmitted infections testing and treatment without parental notification.
Do you have a target age range? If so, what is it?
Our services are available to everyone, but most of our patients are women ages 18 to 29 who lack access to care. Our education programs typically serve youth ages 12 to 18.
Do you use volunteers?
We rely on volunteers throughout the agency. Community volunteers comprise our Board of Directors, assist in the health center and provide hours of service to ensure that the communities we serve are informed and educated about their reproductive health. Each year, approximately 250 volunteers provide approximately 1,000 hours of service to PPSDRC and the community.
What is the most frequent service you provide?
80% of the services we provide are birth control services.