22 Dec This holiday season, invest in San Francisco’s mental health safety net with a year-end donation to Access Institute
As we near the end of year 2017, I wanted to express my gratitude to all those who have contributed to the growth of Access Institute over the last twelve months. We have helped children heal from trauma, adults get through crises, and seniors cope with the physical and emotional challenges of aging. We could not have done this without your help.
We expanded our In-School Mental Program from three to six public elementary schools this year. Our free, on-site therapy services for children with the most acute needs doubled its capacity. We provide care at no-cost to the families because, often, those who need us the most have the fewest resources. Our successful early-childhood intervention program focuses on developing resilience in children and building healthier family and school dynamics. The entire school community benefits from our work − students, parents, and teachers.
We expanded our Elder Program to reach our community’s LGBT seniors. In July, we began working on-site at Openhouse so that LGBT seniors can benefit from individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and staff support services. We modeled the Openhouse program after our successful elder program launched thirteen years ago at the Bayview Hunters Point Adult Day Health Center. More members of our senior community are now able to benefit from the care we provide.
With the awful events taking place in the world, from fires, to mass shootings, and political turmoil, many are feeling the negative effects. For those without emotional support and stability, the impact is even stronger. Calls for services at our clinic have increased dramatically in the past six months and we are stepping up for those who need our help. We are providing more harm reduction substance abuse care, in-depth psychological assessments, and trauma informed therapy. Access Institute will continue to do more to meet the mental health needs of our community with your continued support. Your tax-deductible, year-end gift will help us treat those who are most vulnerable, especially during this time of year.
Thank you for joining us in our mission of providing quality mental health services to children, families, and individuals of all ages. Together, we can provide the healing and the hope our community needs.
Bart Magee, Ph.D.
Founder and Executive Director