Momentum for Mental Health (Santa Clara County)

Momentum for Mental Health is a community-based organization that is the largest nonprofit provider of adult mental health services in Santa Clara County. 

With sites in San Jose and Palo Alto, we serve an ethnically and culturally diverse group of patients who have Medi-Cal and require specialty mental health services. There are five clinics to choose from.

Our mission is to help individuals achieve mental and emotional health, discover and reach their potential, and fully participate in life.

OUTPATIENT CLINIC LOCATIONS TO CHOOSE FROM: 1.The Alameda (San Jose), 2. East Side (East San Jose), 3. First Street (Downtown San Jose), 4. California Ave (Palo Alto), 5. Transitional Age Youth (TAY) (South San Jose)

Momentum provides several levels of care including Residential, Crisis Stabilization, FSP (Full Service Partnership) and Outpatient. Every patient has a case manager, access to therapeutic and support groups as well as individual psychotherapy, and the opportunity to participate in our Employment Services program.

Our psychiatrists work on multidisciplinary teams. Doctors primarily do assessments and medication management but also have the opportunity to do psychotherapy and are able to create subspecialty clinics in topics of specific interest. Clinic hours are M-F 8:305 p.m., with Saturday hours at some locations. Crisis residential programs are open 24/7.

Two of our clinic sites have an onsite FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Clinic) to allow easy access to primary care. We are dedicated to the integration of primary care and substance-use treatment into mental health services.

Momentum also has a TAY (Transitional Age Youth) program serving young adults (ages 15-24). It includes an early intervention team (REACH) that performs community outreach, helping to identify and work with 10-to-25-year-olds at risk for developing mental illness. The program runs a drop-in center and fitness program.

Fellows working at Momentum would probably want to live in San Jose or mid-Peninsula (Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City). These communities are more suburban, much warmer, and the rent is cheaper than in San Francisco. Fellows would commute to ZSFG for weekly didactics. From these locations, the drive to San Francisco takes between 35 and 60 minutes. The Caltrain ride between San Francisco and San Jose takes about an hour.

More information can be found on our websites:

Site Director: Dr. Victoria Stanton

Contact: (408) 261-7777