Forensic Health Services
Since the 1980s, Palomar Health has recognized the need to partner with the community to help those who have been victims of violent crimes. The Forensic Health Department, housed on the campus of Palomar Medical Center Escondido, consists of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and the Child Abuse Program (CAP). Palomar Medical Center Poway hosts a second SART location.
Programs at both hospitals are available 24-hours a day to provide medical services for children and adults who have experienced sexual and/or physical abuse. We work closely with local investigative and prosecutorial agencies to provide complete state of the art assessments that may be later used in court. Experts in the field of child abuse and sexual assault are maintained on staff to respond to also provide consultation and education to other professionals and to the community.
In 2022, Palomar Health became the designated hospital-based training center for forensic medical evidentiary exams in the state of California.
Payment for Services
Patients will never receive a bill for Forensic Health Services. Law enforcement provides a fee for service though this does not compensate the full cost of the program. Forensic Health Services works closely with the Palomar Health Foundation and relies on grant funding, private and public funding partnerships committed to ensuring the availability of child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence services in San Diego.
Support Forensic Health Services
To learn more about how you can support the Child Abuse Program, please visit the Palomar Health Foundation.
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