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Mental Health Promotion and Early Intervention (PEI) Services

Mental Health Promotion and Early Intervention (PEI) Services are expected to include meaningful involvement and engagement of diverse communities, individual participants, their families, and community partners.  Programs are developed to build capacity for providing mental health prevention and intervention services at sites where people would not normally go for mental health services (e.g., community-based organizations, schools, ethnic specific cultural centers, health providers).

School-Based Mental Health Promotion

Lead Agency



YMCA Bayview

Burton High School Prevention
& Early Intervention Program

Supports student success by combining the full spectrum of prevention, early intervention, and linkages to behavioral health services (e.g., wellness promotion workshops, family engagement and support, career planning, mentoring, crisis intervention, case management) with existing resources already housed in school settings.

Bayview Hunter’s Point Foundation

Balboa Teen Health Center
Behavioral Health Services

Edgewood Center for Children and Families

Charles Drew College Preparatory School & Edgewood Partnership

Instituto Familiar de la Raza

School-Based Early Intervention Program at James Lick Middle School &  Hillcrest Elementary School

Richmond Area
Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS)

Wellness Centers Program

San Francisco State University

Student Success Program (SSP)

Population-Focused Mental Health Promotion

Population-focused mental health promotion services are typically delivered in community-based settings.  This service category generally includes outreach and engagement, mental health promotion activities and psycho-social education, behavioral health screening and assessment, referrals and linkage, and short-term therapeutic services.

Target Population

Lead Agency



Older Adults


Institute on Aging

Older Adult Behavioral Health Screening and Response Project

Originally designed to provide evidence-based behavioral health screening and treatment in primary care medical settings. Due to system-wide implementation of behavioral health and primary care integration, this program was redesigned in FY 11/12 to focus on home-based behavioral health screening.  


Family Service Agency

Curry Drop-in Center

Offers health care, wellness, and housing support services to older adults in the Tenderloin neighborhood


Central City
Hospitality House

Older Adult Prevention
& Early Intervention

Engages participants who access drop-in services, conducts outreach to local senior programs and hotels, completes mental health screenings, and provides case management


Asian &
Pacific Islander


Community Youth Center
of San Francisco

Asian & Pacific Islander
Youth & Family
Community Support Services

Uses a Multi-Systemic Therapy approach to address mental health stigma, improve access to linguistically and culturally appropriate services, and target co-factors (e.g., violence, HIV/AIDS, substance use)


Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS)

Asian & Pacific Islander
Anti-Stigma Campaign                 (Planning Pilot)

Convened the Asian Pacific Islander Health Parity Coalition steering committee and general members to develop strategies that would lead to the de-stigmatization of mental illness and help-seeking behavior

African American


Bayview Hunter’s
Point YMCA

*African American
Holistic Wellness Program

Conducts wellness and creative arts workshops, holds community cultural events, offers support groups, and organizes healing circles for African Americans living in the Bayview, Oceanview, and Western Addition neighborhoods

Westside Ajani

African American
Outreach and Engagement

Offers individual, family, and group therapy to African American families who live in low-income communities, are affected by mental illness, and/or are impacted by racism


SF-Live District 10 (D10)

Wellness Collaborative

Implements mental health promotion efforts to residents in San Francisco’s Southeast sector

Mayan/Indigenous Latino


Instituto Familiar
de la Raza

*Indigena Health
& Wellness Collaborative

Conducts workshops that focus on different health topics and cultural activities, community forums on trauma and spiritual and cultural Mayan/Indigenous ceremonies, self-risk and needs assessments, individual therapeutic services, training, and outreach.


Horizons Unlimited
of San Francisco


Emic Behavioral
Health Services

Focused on planning for this pilot program that includes a treatment model that will combine culturally informed, evidence-based substance abuse and mental health practices. 

Native American


Native American
Health Center

*Native Wellness Center:
Living in Balance

Provides outreach and engagement, wellness promotion, individual and group therapeutic services, pro-social community building events, direct services, and service linkage.

Homeless Adults


Central City
Hospitality House

*Holistic Violence Prevention
& Wellness Promotion Project

Conducts prevention activities that address safety in the community through the Healing, Organizing, & Leadership Development Program, completes mental health screenings, and holds community violence prevention events


Central City
Hospitality House

Tenderloin Self-Help Center

Offers low-threshold services for those who do not otherwise utilize traditional service delivery models (e.g., peer counseling, case management, peer-led support groups, employment resource center).  This includes the integration of various services funded through General Systems Development.

Homeless Adults


Central City
Hospitality House

Sixth Street Self-Help Center

Provides counseling and case management support, holistic behavioral health services and primary care triage, support groups, and socialization activities for residents of the Sixth Street/South of Market neighborhood

Project Homeless Connect


**Seeding Resilience Project

Trains homeless, formerly homeless, and individuals with severe mental health issues on how to utilize community gardens and urban farm spaces

Homeless or Disconnected


Larkin Street
Youth Services

TAY Wellness Services

Conducts drop-in programming (e.g., group and individual counseling, psychiatric consultation, medication management, crisis planning, and psychoeducation)


Youth Programs

TAY Multi-Service Center

Provides community outreach and education, delivers coordinated clinical case management services, and screens TAY for development leadership services

Children’s System of Care


**Adapt the WRAP

Trains groups of TAY between the ages of 18 to 22 to develop a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) 


Steering Committee includes SF Youth Commission, SF Human Rights Commission,
SF MHSA, SF Community Programs for Youth


Develops a youth-inspired training video on LGBTQ sensitivity issues and evaluates the training.  All City and County employees who provide training services to youth or who work affects youth will be required to participate in this training on an annual basis.


Arab Cultural and Community Center

Iraqi Refugees Support Group (Planning Pilot)

Focused on planning that will provide culturally responsive mental health support.

Mental Health Consultation & Capacity Building

The Mental Health Consultation and Capacity Building PEI subcategory is comprised of the following two programs: (1) Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Initiative (ECMHCI) and (2) Youth Agency Mental Health Consultation (YAMHC).  The ECMHCI is grounded in the work of mental health professionals who provide support to children, parents, and caregivers of San Francisco’s youngest residents between the ages of 0-5.  ECMHCI services are delivered in a variety of settings, including center-based and family child care, homeless and domestic violence shelters, permanent supportive housing facilities, family resource centers and substance abuse treatment centers. YAMHC provides consultation services to agencies who serve youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system or at-risk of being involved in the juvenile justice system.

Lead Agency



Infant Parent Program/Day Care Consultants, Children’s Council, Edgewood Center for Children & Families, Family Service Agency, RAMS/Fu You Project, Hamilton Family Center, Homeless Children’s Network, Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Jewish Family & Children’s Services


Early Childhood
Mental Health
Consultation Initiative

Provides case consultation, program consultation, staff and parent trainings, referrals, therapeutic play groups, direct psychotherapeutic interventions, crisis intervention, parent education and support groups, and advocacy for families

Edgewood Center for
Children & Families

Youth Agency
Mental Health Consultation

Provides program consultation, staff trainings and coaching, organization development, and individual therapeutic services (e.g., assessments, crisis intervention, short-term therapy)

Comprehensive Crisis Services

Comprehensive Crisis Services (CCS) is a multidisciplinary, multi-linguistic agency that provides acute mental health and crisis response services.  CCS is comprised of five different teams.



Mobile Crisis Treatment

Provides behavioral health crisis triage, in-the-field crisis assessments/interventions, & short-term crisis case management for individuals age 18 years or older.

Child Crisis

Offers 5150 assessments & crisis intervention for suicidal, homicidal, gravely disabled and out of control children and adolescents regardless of health insurance status.  Clients with publically funded health insurance or have no health insurance are provided crisis case management, hospital discharge planning, and medication support services.

Crisis Response

Provides mobile response to homicides, critical shootings, stabbings, and suicides; provides clinical support, therapy, and crisis case management services to individuals and families affected by community violence and critical incidents.

Crisis Wrap

Delivers up to 18-month intensive mental health wraparound services including education support, respite, mentoring, placement stabilization, and family support to youth who are under the age of 18 and are either wards of the court through the Department of Human Services or Juvenile Justice System.


Multi-Systemic Therapy

Delivers an intensive family-based treatment that focuses on multiple systems (home, school, community, peers) that affect juvenile offenders between the ages of 12 and 17.5.  Provides parents/caregivers with the skills and resources to address chronic, violent, or delinquent behaviors and serious mental health problems.