The Westside Crisis Clinic provides culturally competent crisis and urgent care services to San Francisco adults (18 years or older). Crisis Clinic is a voluntary, drop-in service open to any adult in need of emergency psychiatric care. The Clinic is designed to stabilize low-income residents in a mental health crisis and refer that person to an appropriate source for follow-up treatment.
The Westside Assertive Community Treatment Program (ACT) provides intensive case management to a minimum of 100 clients referred by the Community Behavioral Health Services who traditionally might be served in acute settings such as psychiatric hospitals or locked facilities. The program originated as a pilot program designed to meet the needs of severely mentally ill (SMI) individuals in San Francisco requiring a high level of services during a 12 month period. The goal of the program is to stabilize these individuals and to improve their quality of life using cost-efficient treatment an
The Westside Adult Outpatient Program provides outpatient mental health services with an emphasis on case management. The program follows a harm reduction approach to treatment, delivering service to clients that are sensitive to individual lifestyle and behavioral choices. Services offered by Westside Adult Outpatient Services are meant to address a wide spectrum of cultural differences as well as the broad array of mental health concerns presented by clients. Treatment goals include the prevention of unnecessary crisis visits and hospitalizations, and promoting the highest level of ind
The Ajani Program serves African American families who live in low-income communities, suffer from mental illness, and/or are impacted by racism. Ajani helps build strong families by providing them with an understanding of how healthy families function. The Program empowers its clients, encouraging them to develop leadership skills, community and collective responsibility, and to serve as mentors for others.
The Westside Teen Clinic focuses on the development of mental health habits—including coping, resilience and good judgment— to help adolescents achieve overall well-being and set the stage for positive mental health in adulthood. Although mood swings are common during adolescence, approximately one in five adolescents has a diagnosable mental disorder, such as depression and/or “acting out” conditions that can include extremely defiant behavior.
Focused interventions include using Afrocentric evidence-based treatments. Afrocentric means utilizing the history, culture, philosophy and collective experience of African people as the frame of reference for providing treatment. The purpose of the afro-centrist model is to allow for a comprehensive cultural based assessment of African American/Black families to better address the integration of a culturally competent model of care. This model is a culturally specific strengths-based model based on the principals of adaptive family functioning for the African American family.