9 programs

nurturing growth for Bay Area youth

Secondary prevention

secondary prevention & Case management


  

Services The Secondary Prevention Program provides Occupational Therapy and Case Management services to youth within a small group setting in schools and the community. Youth are engaged in an activity-based assessment of their strengths, interests, learning style, values, aptitudes and career personality. Upon completion, the youth make a personal presentation of thier self-discoveries to meaningful people in their lives. Additionally, youth are engaged in activities to build skills in: Identifying unique skills and talents | Developing self-awareness | Setting goals | Assertive communication | Coping strategies | Vocational / educational exploration and readiness | Accessing community resources
Comprehensive services include Case Management services to connect the youth to community resources that meet their needs.
Who We Serve Youth between the ages of 10 and 22 who are experiencing barriers to successful engagement in their life roles. These challenges include: Learning, social, and/or emotional disabilities | Mental health challenges | Developmental delays | Economically disadvantaged
Goal To promote function, quality of life, and successful engagement in life roles 
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 The Violence Prevention Initiative Local Action Plan of the SF Department of Children Youth and Their Families

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:
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.

juvenile justice

detention services at sF juvenile justice center 

& log cabin ranch    

Youth in Detention OTTP currently provides occupation therapy sessions to the youth detained on units 2, 6 &7  in juvenile hall for the duration of their detainment. OTTP’s interventions are delivered in group session format, and focus on those life skills that are essential components of healthy development, including social, cognitive and emotional coping skills. In addition, specific independent living skills and pre-vocational readiness skills necessary for self-sufficiency are learned and practiced within a warm, supportive environment.  
Log Cabin Ranch OTTP serves detained youth at Log Cabin Ranch (LCR) who have been sent for treatment and rehabilitation.  OTTP conducts occupational therapy assessments and makes aftercare recommendations to the treatment team.  Upon discharge, OTTP collaborates with other community based organizations to increase the likelihood for successful transition from LCR to the community.

YWD

youth workforce development

  
   

Who We Serve Ages 14-21; San Francisco resident; on probation; working toward or have obtained a high school diploma or GED
Goal The YWD program helps prepare youth with the knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences that will prepare them for the world of work, including job readiness training, paid work-based learning opportunities, educational and post-secondary support and transition services. 
Our Team Staff is comprised of licensed occupational therapists that specialize in child adolescent and family mental health. We are partnered with adult and juvenile deputy probation officers, youth health and wellness providers and community based organizations to collaboratively and holistically address the needs of youth.
Funder(s) San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) - Community Behavioral Health Services  |  Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF)
Community Based Organizations: Youth get paid to improve work skills with one of these agencies: 
Communities in Harmony Advocating for Learning and Kids (CHALK)  |  Horizons Unlimited  |  Hunters Point Family  |  Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) / Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)  |  New Door Ventures  |  Old Skool Cafe  |  Young Community Developers
Referral Process To participate, youth must be referred to the YWD program by a supervising probation officer.

ISCS

Intensive Supervision and Clinical Services

 

Model The DOR program combines the monitoring and structure of supervision with an array of clinical services and evidence based practices targeted to address the critical needs of the youth and increase their strengths. OTTP's clinical services take a multidisciplinary approach which includes intensive case management, psychotherapy and occupational therapy. Depending on each client’s individual needs, one or all of these services may be provided to the youth. 
Services The program seeks to work with youth who have been involved in the juvenile justice system or who are at-risk of being involved in the system. Our intensive services are offered to youth in their natural settings including their homes, schools and communities. We collaborate closely with probation (if applicable) and any other service providers currently working with the youth. OTTP’s ISCS program empowers the youth to take charge of their life through informed decision making consistent with their goals.
Comprehensive services include Intensive Case Management |  Occupational Therapy |  Psychotherapy |  Family Therapy |  Vocational assessments and job readiness skills |  Interventions that promote social-emotional, coping, cognitive, communication and organizational skills |  Transition planning |  After-care services and resources development
Who We Serve Our ISCS program serves at-risk youth ages 13-18+ who reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. Barriers faced by our youth may include the following: Economically disadvantaged |  On probation or detained  |  Learning, social, and/or emotional disabilities |  Facing mental health challenges |  Pregnant or parenting  | Placement in foster care system |  Developmental delays |  Special education status
Goal To promote youth’s healthy development and functioning by addressing trauma and other needs. In addition we strive to help the youth increase their skills and strengths in order to improve functioning in school, home, work, and community settings. 
Our Team Staff is comprised of clinical social workers, therapists and occupational therapists, all who 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 Public Health (DPH) – Community Behavioral Services  |  Department of Children Youth & Families  |  Various Foundations & Private Donors

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)

THERAPEUTIC YOGA

For Increased Joy, Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, and Well-being
 

Model OTTP's therapeutic yoga program was designed based on a need for our clients and their families to access the stress-reducing and energy-activating tools of yogic science, in a therapeutic setting. OTTP's licensed occupational therapists have 500+ hours of therapeutic yoga teacher training, and are able to customize 1:1 or group sessions that match the needs of each client. Yoga may be approached as a therapeutic activity that supports the goals of an individual and/or family through dynamic and restorative poses (asana), breathwork (pranayama),  philosophy, and fun.
Benefits of Yoga Scientific studies show that yoga poses, meditation, and breathing are beneficial for healing and management of a spectrum of physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges. Yogic practices balance the nervous system by offering practical tools that alleviate anxiety, depression, and chronic pain; increase strength and flexibility; improve sleep; boost immunity; regulate blood pressure; reduce risk factors for diabetes; and more!
Services Yoga sessions include movement, breathwork,  meditative practices, and sound. The intensity, duration, sequence, and combination of activities are designed to support each client’s unique needs and personal goals for well-being. Sessions may be 1:1, in a group, and/or with family members. Clients are encouraged to attend their therapeutic yoga sessions at the OTTP yoga suite, which houses yoga equipment and is designed to facilitate respite. Sessions may also be arranged outdoors or at the client’s home on an as needed basis.
Who We Serve Our Therapeutic Yoga program serves youth and adults between the ages of 10 and 80 years old. Additional details coming soon.
Prerequisites: a body, curiosity about yoga, and a willingness to participate.
Goal Provide access to therapeutic yoga services to youth and / or their families, to facilitate access to somatic tools that reduce stress while increasing self awareness, joy, mindfulness, relaxation, energy, health, and emotional regulation skills.
Our Team The OTTP Therapeutic Yoga Program is staffed by therapeutic yoga teachers, who are also licensed occupational therapists. They hold the certification of eRYT 500 (experienced registered yoga teacher, 500 hours) through the Yoga Alliance.
Referral Process Send a query to alicia.maness@ottp-sf.org.
Funders San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) – Community Behavioral Services