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CLINIC PARTNERS

Mental Health Services for Children and Youth      

Model
A strengths-based model supporting youth to restore, establish, and maintain skills, identify and explore areas of interest, and access community resources.

Services
OTs, MFTs, and MSWs provide assessments and 1:1 interventions to help youth identify strengths and interests and explore those interests in a variety of community settings. Comprehensive services include: Individual occupational therapy | Individual psychotherapy | Case management

Who We Serve
Medi-Cal eligible youth between the ages of 5 and 18

Goal
Provide trauma-informed, client-centered support to improve functioning in school, home, work, and community settings. Advocate for youth and provide proximity support while facilitating opportunities to build and practice skills such as self-care, coping, social and communication, and community exploration.

Our Team
Staff is comprised of OTs, MFTs, and MSWs who collaborate with service providers at community clinics (which may include Case Managers, psychiatrists, and individual and family therapists). Funder Department of Public Health (DPH)

Referral Process
Youth are referred through local community mental health clinics, including the Mission Family Center, the Southeast Child and Family Therapy Center, and the Chinatown Child Development Center.

SCHOOL PROGRAM

Mental Health Services for Children and Youth    

Model 
Our groups combine the expertise of two well-respected disciplines: counseling and occupational therapy. By utilizing a multi-disciplinary team, our staff considers the effect of sensory and environmental factors on function and quality of life. An individual plan of care is developed and followed to overcome barriers and improve function in school, home, work, and community settings.

Services 
Multi-disciplinary group sessions | Individual occupational therapy | Individual psychotherapy | Case management
We will work with the family, the child, and the school to determine which service(s) would be the most beneficial. Our team can provide services in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Who We Serve
Medi-Cal eligible youth between the ages of 5 and 18, who are currently attending elementary, middle or high school. 

Goal
To help youth overcome barriers and improve function in school, home, work, and community settings. 

Our Team

Occupational therapists, social workers, marriage and family therapists work hand in hand to provide a supportive and nurturing atmosphere that creates positive changes in the lives of youth.

Our Sessions

A typical individual or group session can consist of play therapy, games, group discussion, arts and crafts, pen-and-paper activities, field trips, trying new hobbies, physical exercise, and/or fun hands-on projects. All of these activities are used in a therapeutic manner to nurture the youth's strengths and potential for success in addition to the listed benefits.

Benefits

Discovering Strengths, Talents & Interests  | Building Self-Confidence | Learning healthy ways of regulating and expressing emotions and feelings | Making Healthy Choices | Developing Communication and Social Skills | Creating Strong and Lasting Friendships | Enjoying Fun and Meaningful Activities in the Community | Learning Coping and Relaxation Strategies | Adapting to Change and Getting Support for Life Challenges

Funders
 
San Francisco Department of Public Health-Community Behavioral Health Services | Department of Children Youth and Families | Various Foundations & Private Donors

Referral Process
 
1. Talk to your school social worker, school counselor, or the staff at your school’s Wellness Center, or
2. Call the OTTP office at (415)551-0975 and request to speak to a member of the School-Based team. 
Note that we can only serve youth who have Medi-Cal, so make sure to have your youth's Medi-Cal information available when you call.

Career awareness

career awareness at civic center     
 
         

Program Design The Career Awareness program features three phases of occupational therapy intervention, each informing and supporting the next stage:
Self Exploration: the youth participate in assessment activities to identify goals, values, aptitudes, preferred learning styles, interests, strengths, and develop a career personality as well as engage in activities to promote increased positive self-concept, self awareness, and healthy group dynamics.
Personal Skill Building: the youth bring with them their more evolved sense of self into this phase and address skills that are first developed on a personal level before being generalized to various contexts. Skill building activities address: money management, assertive communication, time management, coping and relaxation, interest exploration, and conflict resolution.
Vocational Skill Building: the youth generalize previously addressed skills to the vocational context as well as develop specific vocational skills including: resume skills, job application skills, identifying references, interview skills, professional dress, and job search skills.  At this phase, the youth are empowered through opportunities to learn about workplace rights, meet with professionals from various fields of work, and select employment opportunities to further explore.

Services 
Providing Occupational Therapy Career Awareness curriculum to San Francisco's at-risk youth population. For many, this program is a continuum of care initiated with OTTP’s juvenile justice programs.

Who We Serve 
Youth ages 15 to 21 who identify an interest in learning more about themselves, building skills, and preparing for the next steps in their life. Goal The goal for participants is to graduate from the program with an increased sense of positive self-concept and better developed personal and vocational skills, promoting independence and life success.

Our Team 
Staff is comprised of licensed occupational therapists with expertise in social and biological sciences, clinical social workers, and therapists that specialize in child, adolescent and family mental health. Our staff work as a cohesive team to holistically address the needs of our youth.Funders San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and their Families

FMP

Family Mosaic Project


   

Model 
A strengths-based model to help youth in restoring, establishing, and maintaining skills, exploring areas of interest, developing social and decision making skills, and identifying / utilizing community resources

Services
Occupational therapists provide assessments and 1:1 interventions to help youth identify strengths and interests and explore those interests in a variety of community settings.

Comprehensive services include: 
Occupational Therapy |  Vocational assessments and job readiness training

Who We Serve
Youth ages 11-18; at risk for out-of home placement

Goal 
Provide trauma-informed, client-centered support to improve functioning in school, home, work, and community settings. Advocate for youth and provide proximity support while facilitating opportunities to build and practice skills such as problem solving, decision making, assertive communication, community exploration, self-care, and values identification. 

Our Team
Staff is comprised of occupational therapists who collaborate with service providers at the Family Mosaic Project (which include Case managers, psychiatrists, individual and family therapists, public health nurse). 

Funder
Department of Public Health (DPH)

Referral Process 
Youth are referred by the Family Mosaic Project

VTEP

Vocational Training and Experience Project


   

Services
Ongoing occupational therapy intervention, pre-vocational and vocational skills ; occupational therapy assessments and evaluation; job site analysis

Who We Serve
Youth ages 11-18; at risk for out-of home placement

Goal 
Facilitate seminal vocational training and experience. 

Our Team
Staff is comprised of occupational therapists who collaborate with staff at worksites and Japanese Community Youth Committee to facilitate successful seminal vocational experience

Funders 
Department of Public Health (DPH)  |  Partner: Japanese Community Youth Committee (JCYC)

Referral Process
 
Youth who are referred through the Family Mosaic Project are eligible for participation in VTEP.

SHOESTRINGS

Wrap Support for Pre-K to Promote Future Educational Success


   

A new intensive SFUSD program designed to provide wrap support to children ages 3.5 to 5 years, who are not thriving in a general classroom, in learning to regulate emotions and needs to be able to successfully enter kindergarten. The Shoestrings team consists of a behaviorist, occupational therapist, social workers, and nurse, who collaborate to provide 1:1 support at the ShoeStrings site, then assist in generalizing skills to the child’s home school, and communicate strategies to family members.

Here is a link to learn more from NPR

ROOFTOP

Sensory Integration with a Psychosocial Approach


Program Design 
The Sensory Motor program at Rooftop Elementary uses a sensory integration and psychosocial approach to increase students' self-regulation, socio-emotional development, and executive functioning skills. The program encourages movement that engages students proprioceptive, vestibular, and tactile senses, as well as gross motor and fine motor skills.

Services 
Occupational therapists provide movement based group services within a sensory pediatric gym setting. The occupational therapists also provide collateral services to teachers and school staff to increase student
engagement and carry-over of successful interventions.  

Who We Serve 
All kindergarten through second grade students who attend Rooftop Elementary School.

Goal
Increase student self-regulation and attention throughout the school day using a range of sensory and motor input.

Vocational Rehabilitation

in Partnership With the Department of Rehabilitation
 

Model
In collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), this program helps youth (15-24 years old) to find and sustain competitive employment. Vocational specialists, who are licensed occupational therapists, work closely with each youth to find a good match for both the youth and the employer. OTTP clinicians may also provide on or off site job training and ongoing assistance to ensure that the youth is successful at their job site.

Services
Depending on a client’s employment goals, services may include: vocational assessment, employment intake and preparation, job development and placement, and job retention. Whether it is a youth's first venture into the work-force or the youth has already explored multiple work environments, the DOR program may provide skills training and continued support to prepare them for ongoing vocational success. The program’s approach is customized to meet each youth precisely where they are on their vocational journey, leverage their strengths and interests, and increase their vocational success.

Who We Serve
Our DOR program serves youth between the ages of 15 and 24 years old who have: Challenges obtaining or keeping a job |  A mental health diagnosis that is in the current Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V)  |  A referral from their primary therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist  |  U.S citizenship, legal alien status, or legal right to work status 

Goal 
To provide services to youth and young adults with mental health issues in order to assist them in obtaining gainful employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and meaningful participation and integration into the community.

Our Team
The OTTP Vocational Rehabilitation Program staff is comprised of the Division Director, the Program Coordinator, Vocational Specialists (who are licensed occupational therapists), and occupational therapy interns. Current staff language capabilities include English, Spanish.  Each member of the team works collaboratively to facilitate the client’s vocational skill development and success.

Referral Process

Potential clients are referred to the OTTP Vocational Rehabilitation Program through their primary therapist. The vocational specialist will communicate with the client’s therapist on a regular basis. Collaboration between the client and their therapist, DOR counselor, and vocational specialist has been found to be one of the key elements to successful employment. Access the referral form at http://bit.ly/sfvoc.

Funders
 
San Francisco Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)

CONNECTIVE SERVICES

Group Intervention for High School and TAY Youth

Program Design
Fifty youth struggling to stay in school and achieve educational and vocational goals are served in this program.

High School and TAY Programming
OTTP’s curriculum is embedded into the school day at four partner high school sites, including Downtown High, Wallenberg, KIPP College Prep and Ida. B. Wells. Cohorts of 7 youth at each school are formed for an entire year and consist of hands-on assessments, of personal aptitudes and vocational skills, reflective group discussions, and engaging activities to promote awareness of self, society, and culture.Additionally, 22 TAY youth are served at OTTP and in the community. Youth are connected to resources to address physical and mental health needs, housing and nutrition needs, and educational and vocational opportunities.

Services 
Services include needs assessments, individual and group therapeutic sessions, and case management.
Interventions build youths’ occupational skills including social and emotional learning, emotional regulation, self-care, communication skills and executive functioning skills. Youth receive clinical case management, employment services, and connections to social services.

Who We Serve 
The Connective Services Program serves fifty youth between the ages of 14-25 annually. Twenty-eight youth are served from four high schools in San Francisco including Downtown High, Wallenberg, KIPP College Prep and Ida B. Wells. Twenty-two Transition Aged Youth (TAY) also receive services through this program.

CAREER AWARENESS JR.

Vocational Skill Development for Middle School Students

Program Design 
The Career Awareness program features three phases of occupational therapy intervention, each informing and supporting the next stage:
• Self Exploration: the youth participate in assessment activities to identify goals, values, aptitudes, preferred learning styles, interests, strengths, and develop a career personality as well as engage in activities to promote increased positive self-concept, self awareness, and healthy group dynamics.
• Personal Skill Building: the youth bring with them their more evolved sense of self into this phase and address skills that are first developed on a personal level before being generalized to various contexts. Skill building activities address: money management, assertive communication, time management, coping and relaxation, interest exploration, and conflict resolution.
• Vocational Skill Building: the youth generalize previously addressed skills to the vocational context as well as develop specific vocational skills including: resume skills, job application skills, identifying references, interview skills, professional dress, and job search skills.  At this phase, the youth are empowered through opportunities to learn about workplace rights, meet with professionals from various fields of work, and select employment opportunities to further explore.

Services 
Providing Occupational Therapy Career Awareness curriculum to San Francisco's at-risk youth population. For many, this program is a continuum of care initiated with OTTP’s juvenile justice programs.

Who We Serve 
Youth ages 11 to 13 who identify an interest in learning more about themselves, building skills, and preparing for the next steps in their life. Goal The goal for participants is to graduate from the program with an
increased sense of positive self-concept and better developed personal and vocational skills, promoting independence and life success.

DETENTION DIVERSION

Building Life Skills to Promote Wellness


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Hilltop

Skill-building for Young Mothers and Mothers-to-be


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Edgewood

Group Intervention for Psychosocial Wellness


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