19 Dec Access Institute Launches ASAP Program
Each year, Access Institute provides comprehensive mental health services to hundreds of people who are living on the edge psychologically and economically. Our mental health safety net includes crisis support, in-depth psychological assessments, medication, and psychodynamic therapy. But for many of our clients this high-quality mental health care isn’t enough. These clients are chronically unemployed, have experienced homelessness, have complex medical problems, or are unable to access benefits because they can’t navigate the bureaucracy. They need social work services that go hand-in-hand with ongoing mental health support.
This fall Access Institute responded to this need by launching the Assertive Social Assistance Program (ASAP). Our program is unique in San Francisco in that it enables vulnerable members of our community to access mental health treatment along with clinical case management services. ASAP not only connects clients to vital community support such as housing, employment, legal services, and healthcare, but also addresses the interrelated mental health problems.
“This work is especially important today because San Francisco (and the Bay Area) has become an increasingly challenging place to live – both emotionally and practically,” said Mary Beth Majoros, LCSW, Access Institute’s new Director of Clinical Case Management Services. “People are more often finding they cannot make ends meet. One unexpected life event can have major consequences. ASAP aims to help people take advantage of community resources when they need them, and also to provide a supportive place to discuss and plan their next steps towards stability,” said Mary Beth.
Mary Beth already is providing a number of clients with long-term, intensive clinical case management services. “I know how challenging our current social service system is to navigate – having someone to help you through it can be critical,” she said.
Access Institute offers ASAP services at our clinic on a sliding fee scale. We can only do that with your support. Please donate today and help us address the mental health and social support needs of the most vulnerable members of our community. (For more information on ASAP or to make a referral please contact Mary Beth directly firstname.lastname@example.org)