Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded a lease for a new 41,000-square foot Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Ventura County. Congresswoman Brownley’s bill authorizing VA to move forward with this facility passed Congress in 2017.
The new clinic will be located at: 5250 Ralston Street, Ventura, CA 93003. When completed, the increased space will allow VA to expand its primary care and mental health services, as well as provide additional specialty care services in a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient health care facility.
“In Congress, I fought for years to secure authorization of this new facility for Ventura County veterans, and I am elated to announce that this lease has finally been awarded,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “The new facility is a huge win for Ventura County’s veterans. This new clinic represents a seven-fold increase in size, since I was first elected, which means more space for VA to hire additional providers, expand services, and add specialty care. It has been an honor to work with local veterans, community advocates, and veteran service organizations to deliver this win, and I will continue to work tirelessly with VA until the clinic is open and fully staffed.”
In 2017, Congresswoman Brownley successfully included legislation she authored to authorize the new facility in the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017. After soliciting and evaluating bids from contractors, VA officially awarded the new lease for the new Ventura County facility on September 27, 2019, and the new facility is set to open in 2021.
When complete, the new VA clinic will improve access to primary care, mental health services, and specialty care in a modern space, making it more convenient for veterans living in the region to access care closer to home, instead of having to commute to the Sepulveda and West Los Angeles VA healthcare facilities.
Issues: 116th Congress, Veterans' Affairs