Women’s Community Clinic Offers On-Site Mental Health Services to Uninsured Women in San Francisco

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San Francisco-based nonprofit expands their services to include mental health counseling services.

There is a clear need for accessible mental health services in San Francisco, especially for women

Beginning this month, the San Francisco-based nonprofit Women’s Community Clinic has expanded their services to include mental health care by offering clients integrated behavioral health services. The integrative behavioral health model is an innovative approach that coordinates clinical and behavioral health services to enhance health outcomes, especially for under-served populations.

“There is a clear need for accessible mental health services in San Francisco, especially for women,” said Carlina Hansen, Executive Director of the Women’s Community Clinic. “In the past year, only slightly more than half of San Franciscans who needed mental health care were able to obtain it. Yet almost 1 in 4 women are diagnosed with depression and anxiety—more than twice the rate of men. The addition of on-site mental health services allows the Clinic to better serve our clients and our community.”

The Women’s Community Clinic is initiating this expansion through a partnership with the Wright Institute’s Integrated Health Psychology Training Program (IHPTP), which places a clinical doctoral trainee at the Clinic to deliver these services. The Clinic’s inaugural trainee is Ziska West, who has a background in feminist studies and social justice work.

Clients can be connected to the Clinic’s mental health services for a range of concerns that might arise during a routine women’s health visit, including anxiety, depression, stress, pain management, trauma, and smoking cessation. The comprehensive and effective on-site services provide our clients continuous care at the Clinic and allow our clinicians and mental health providers to remain in close communication and collaborate regarding a client’s care.

About the Women’s Community Clinic: The Women’s Community Clinic is committed to meeting the sexual and reproductive health care needs of Bay Area women and girls. We honor our mission to improve the health and well-being of women and girls by providing sexual and reproductive health services, outreach services, and health training programs. Since 1999, we have served more than 20,000 women and trained more than 500 health worker volunteers. http://www.womenscommunityclinic.org

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