For applicants interested in this placement, the SFHN-BHS is open to having fellows at one of the primary sites described below (MMH, SOMMH, CTNB), but also at other SFHN-BHS sites depending on the fellows’ interest. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Ana Gonzalez ([email protected]) with questions.
Mission Mental Health Services
Mission Mental Health Services is a community mental health and wellness center located at 2712 Mission Street in the heart of the vibrant Mission district. MMHS serves the diverse community of the Mission and specializes in treating the Spanish-speaking and LGBT populations who experience a wide-range of mental health and emotional problems including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders. Services provided are team-based, person-centered, and culturally-appropriate and include individual and group therapy, education and support groups, intensive case management, medication management, crisis intervention, and primary care. A multidisciplinary team consisting of medical and psychosocial professionals and other clinical support staff serve approximately 1000 clients using a wellness and recovery model and strength-based approach to help empower clients toward wellness, self-management, and independent living within their community. The clinic offers special programming and services for men from disadvantaged groups and people that identify as transgender who are seeking therapy, case management, or surgery assessment. Primary care services are also offered on-site to clients who have co-occurring chronic medical conditions and are unable to successfully link with their medical home. MMHS is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Services are offered in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Applicant Spanish language proficiency ENCOURAGED
Contact: (415) 401-2700
South of Market Mental Health Services
The South of Market Mental Health Integrated Service Center is the core team at South of Market Mental Health Services that provides an array of clinic-based mental health services and, as needed, off-site services to San Francisco adult residents aged 18 and over. The majority of clients reside in the South of Market, Tenderloin and Western Addition neighborhoods. Because the clinic is located nearby several shelters, many clients are homeless at the time of enrollment.
Approximately half of the clients served have a psychotic disorder, and the majority is dually diagnosed with a major mental illness and one or more substance use disorders. Essential services offered include intake and evaluation, case management and linkage, crisis evaluation and management, medication and individual psychotherapy services, and some time-limited group offerings including Seeking Safety and Anger Management.
Hours of operation are M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-in hours for intake are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9-10:30 a.m. and Wednesday from 1-2:30 p.m. Language resources include Spanish, Tagalog and other Filipino dialects. LBGTQ+ identified/sensitive staff is available.
Chinatown North Beach Mental Health Services
Chinatown North Beach Mental Health Services (CTNB) provides a wide range of multicultural and multilingual outpatient behavioral health services in addition to on-site primary care services for qualified patients. Services include psychiatric medication treatment, individual therapy, case management, family intervention, group activities, crisis intervention and outreach, acupuncture, and an adult socialization program. Services are provided to San Francisco residents aged 17 and older, as well as for adolescents in a school-based counseling program at Galileo High School. As a part of the San Francisco Department of Public Health Behavioral Health Services, CTNB is a safety net clinic, seeking to provide care to those unable to access care elsewhere, due to lack of insurance, socio-economic resources, and other barriers (i.e. language).
Reflecting the unique cultural backgrounds and experiences of the individuals from Chinatown and North Beach where many clients live, CTNB serves a unique population of immigrants and refugees. The clinic’s philosophy centers on accessibility and cultural humility. Staff consists of a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals including psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, clinical pharmacists, paraprofessionals, peers and a full-time acupuncturist. In addition, staff are multilingual in Cantonese, Toishanese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Mandarin, Russian, and English.
The clinic not only embraces an inclusive philosophy with regards to its services, but also in its practices. A harm reduction approach seeks to help people with comorbid substance use disorders and mental health conditions. The goal is to engage the individual and family in treatment and recovery to help clients return to their communities and live healthier, more productive lives.
Clinic hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm