Our History and Vision
As IFR's first program, La Clínica's goal has always been to addresses the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the Chicanx/Latinx community.
La Clínica believes that healing occurs when providers and clients are hopeful; clients are engaged in meaningful activities; spirituality is respected and considered; culture is understood; and educational and socialization needs are identified. Moreover, sensitivity to social factors and a commitment to assist clients in understanding and differentiating between social ills and personal problems is essential.
To reflect the unique needs of Chicanxs/Latinxs, La Clinica utilizes innovative culturally/spiritually grounded practices that are available through other IFR programs to promote healthy cultural identity, community-building, and holistic health. The goal of La Clínica is to promote self-determination, empowerment, spiritual/cultural affirmation, and individual, family, and community well-being via outpatient mental health services.
Services focus on a range of behavioral health issues, including severe and persistent mental illness, trauma-related conditions, family and intergenerational conflicts, as well as adjustment problems related to immigration, and reunification.
La Clínica offers individual, family, group, and couples therapy; and case management and medication services for children, youth, adults and their families.
All services are provided to San Francisco residents without private insurance and are on a sliding scale depending on income; no one is turned away for lack of funds. La Clínica provides services at no fee, at low fees, and accepts insurances including Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and Healthy Kids.
Our services are provided by bilingual/bicultural staff including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and case managers. Services include the following:
Therapy: Therapeutic services are designed to reduce symptoms in clients that interfere with daily functioning, improve relationships, and increase their meaningful participation in the community. La Clínica administers an initial screening for mental health and substance abuse needs to determine the type of service needed.
Medication Support: This is only available for adults, and involves the prescribing, administering, dispensing, and monitoring of psychiatric medications necessary to alleviate the symptoms of mental illness. This may also include an evaluation of the need for continued medication and an evaluation of the clinical effectiveness and side effects of medication.
Targeted Case Management: This specific type of case management assists the client in accessing needed medical, educational, pre-vocational, vocational, rehabilitative, housing, benefits, and other community services.
La Clínica response to COVID-19
The need for clinical services has only increased with the pressures of COVID-19 on individuals and families, In response, La Clinica implemented phone and telehealth modalities for all of its services, including therapy, initial risk assessments, and psychiatric services.
Once limited person-to-person services were identified as safe, and with the proper safety precautions and PPE in place, in-person services by appointment with current clients slowly began for crisis, and/or as needed depending on each case. IFR and La Clínica continue to monitor this situation for continued safety for both clients and staff.
To ensure clinicians can communicate in a confidential manner, La Clínica has also adopted a remote system of operation that allows for efficient communication among clinicians to assure proper levels of support for clients.
If you would like to access services at La Clínica, please call (415) 229-0500 during regular business hours and ask to speak to the Officer of the Day, or email us at [email protected]. Drop-In Hours are available for intake.
Please note: La Clínica does not offer emergency services. If you are in need of emergency mental health support, please call 911.
Monday—Friday, 9:00am to 5:00 pm