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If you are in need of mental health services and you live in San Francisco and have Medi-Cal, Healthy SF, SF Mental Health Plan or no health insurance, you can call Behavioral Health Access Center (BHAC): 415-255-3737, or 888-246-3333, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  However, you may need to leave a message during off hours and a clinician will call you back. A clinician will assess your needs by phone and work to assign you a clinician. This process can take anywhere from 1 week to 1-2 months based on client need and clinician availability. If you are need of psychiatry services, you can also call BHAC. They may be able to connect you with a psychiatrist in the Private Provider Network or refer you to the medication clinic at Mission Mental Health Clinic.

If you or a loved one are in need of substance use/abuse treatment services and have Medi-Cal, Healthy SF, SF Mental Health Plan or no insurance, you can call Treatment Access Program (TAP): 415-503-4730, Monday-Friday, or just drop in to make an appointment. Once scheduled, you will meet with a clinician who will provide as assessment based on your use and current desire for treatment to help find the best possible outpatient, inpatient, or residential program for you, based on eligibility and availability.

If you or a loved one are in psychiatric crisis and are looking for help, call the Dore Urgent Care Clinic. They are located at 52 Dore Street, between Howard/Folsom and 9th/10th Streets. They can offer a phone triage and help determine whether their services are best to meet the needs presented. They can provide a crisis assessment, a comfortable recliner chair to sleep one night in, administer any current medications, provide food, laundry and shower, and someone to talk to in a comfortable, community-based, voluntary environment. Call them 24/7 at 415-553-3100.

If you or a loved one are at home and in crisis, you can call the Mobile Crisis Treatment Team. They can talk to you and, if they determine it is warranted, they occasionally will come to your place of residence to talk to you and assess your need for crisis interventions and discuss your options. They are available Monday through Friday from 11am-11pm, or weekends, 12noon-7pm. Their number is: 415-970-4000.

There is also the Westside Integrated Services (formerly Westside Crisis) located at 245 11th Street. It is open Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm Saturday from 9am-1pm. If you or someone you know is in crisis, consider calling them or dropping by during business hours. However, if there is a level of urgency, consider calling the Dore Urgent Care Clinic instead. Westside and DUCC work collaboratively. If you or someone you know is in need of emergency psychiatric medications, present to Westside at 7-7:30am M-F and 8-8:30am on Saturday, well before they open. A number will be given to those waiting and a time to meet with a doctor (there tends to only be about 5-7 slots available on any given day and once they are gone, they are gone). You may be asked to take a seat or come back later. Once you meet with a psychiatrist or psychiatric NP, you will be given a medication assessment and, if indicated, receive a 30-day prescription of medication. Westside will sometimes fill this prescription at their facility.

24 Hour Crisis Services:

Dore Urgent Care Clinic: 415-553-3100
San Francisco General Hospital Psychiatric Emergency: 415-206-8125
Comprehensive Child Crisis Services: 415-970-3800
Suicide Prevention Talkline: 415-781-0500
McMillan Center drop-in: 415-241-1180

Talk Lines:

For Parents (24 hour): 415-441-5437
For Older Adults (24 hour): 415-752-3778
Drug Line (24 hour): 415-362-3400
Relapse Prevention (24 hour): 415-834-1144
HIV Nightline: 415-434-2437
Linca Nocturna (6pm-12 midnight): 415-989-5212
Peer Run Warm Line (24 hour): 855-845-7415



National Alliance on Mental Illness - San Francisco:
(415) 905-6264

Self-Help Groups for Mentally Ill:
(415) 575-1400 Office of Self Help (OASIS)

2011 Interns San Francisco Resource Guide for Women, Girls & Transgender: government reports, films, research articles

African-American Specific Resource
A client and family support group specifically focused on issues of concern to the African American Mental Health and Substance Abuse Community. Meets every third Monday of month at 1380 Howard Street 5th Floor call Wanda Materre, Client & Family Liaison (415) 255-3694

Alcohol and Drug Counseling (For adults 55 and over)
Curry Senior Center
Ph#: (415) 885-2274 or drop in to the clinic.
Drop-in hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 11am-12pm
333 Turk Street (Cross street is Leavenworth)

Health & Wellness Action Advocates
A consumer advocacy group which focuses on projects and activities dealing with consumer issues. Meets the first Tuesday of every month, from 5-7 p.m., at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, 870 Market Street, Suite 928, San Francisco, CA 94103. Ph#: (415) 241-2926, ext. 306

Chinese Family Alliance for the Mentally Ill
A family member support group, with meetings open to consumer participation. Though meetings conducted in Cantonese, English interpretation are available. Meets the second or third Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. - noon, at Chinatown/North Beach Mental Health Services, 729 Filbert Street, San Francisco, CA 94133. Contact Ed Koo at Ph#: (415) 352-2047 Please call ahead to confirm meetings.

Community Advisory Board (CAB) - S.F. General Hospital
An advisory group to San Francisco General Hospital's Department of Psychiatry. Meets the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue, Room 7 E2, San Francisco, CA 94110. Amelia Truman, CAB Coordinator. Ph#: (415) 206-5962

CBHS Consumer & Client Council
An advisory group to Community Behavioral Health Services, composed of consumer representatives of self-help organizations and other mental health consumer advocates and providers. Meetings are open to the public. Meets the third Tuesday of every month, from 3:00-5:00p.m.at Community Behavioral Health Services, 1380 Howard Street, Room 537, San Francisco, CA 94103. For more information please call Wing Tse, (415) 255-3672 or James Harris (415) 836-1761. Please call ahead to confirm participation and date of meeting.

Mayor's Disability Council
An advisory committee, dealing with issues of importance to the disability community, to the Mayor's Office on Disability. Meetings open to the public. Meets the third Friday of every month, from 1-4pm at City Hall, Room 400, 1 Dr Carlton Goodlet Place, San Francisco, CA 94102.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-San Francisco (NAMI - SF)
Meetings for Family Members, Caregivers & Friends2nd Wednesdays of the month; 6:30 pm
St. Francis Memorial Hospital, 900 Hyde Street, Lower Level Room C
Contact Vicki Evans: 415-661-5208

Tuesdays; 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
SF General Hospital
7th Floor, Room 7M30
Contact Susanne Killing: 415-558-5900

2nd Saturdays and 4th Saturdays; 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Kaiser Hospital, French Campus
4141 Geary, Room 2
Contact Pam Polos: 650-862-2886

Sibling & Adult Children Support Group
3rd Saturday of the month; 10:30am - noon
Kaiser Hospital, French Campus
4141 Geary, Room 2
Contact Karena Weil: karenaweil@gmail.com

Cantonese-Speaking Support Group
3rd Saturday of the month; 1:00pm-2:30pm
Kaiser Hospital, French Campus
4141 Geary, Room 2
Contact Mabel Kwan: mabelkwan88@yahoo.com

RSSE (Reducing Stigma in South East) Family Support Group and Healing Circle
Every 1st and 3rd Thursday; 1:00 to 3:30 pm
1099 Sunnydale Ave. on 1st Thursday
243 Rey Street on 3rd Thursday
Contact LaVaughn Kellum-King: 415-832-9616

Sibling & Adult Children Network
Meets twice a year (June and December)
Contact Mary Gullekson at (415) 474-7010

Spanish-Speaking Support Group
Monday of the month, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mission Mental Health
2712 Mission St.
En espaņol
Contact Alfonso Pacheco, MSW, LCSW: 415-317-5838


Adults with Schizophrenia
3rd Wednesdays of the month; 5:30 pm - 6:45pm
St. Francis Memorial Hospital, 900 Hyde Street Lower Level Room B
Contact Susanne Killing: 415-558-5900

San Francisco Depressive/Bipolar Support Association (SFDBSA)
A support group for the people diagnosed with depression and bi-polar disorders, as well as other mental and emotional symptoms and disabilities. Meets Saturdays, from 1:30–3p.m. and Mondays from 6:30-8:30p.m. at St. Francis Hospital, 900 Hyde Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room B, San Francisco, CA 94109. Contact Volunteer Staff. Ph#: (415) 995-4792 Please call ahead to confirm meetings. Family Member/Friends Support Group meets first Monday of every month, same location, 6:45 - 8:30p.m.

6th Street Self-Help Center/Hospitality House
The 6th Street Self-Help Center, located at 169 and 181 6th Street provides case management, peer counseling services, drop-in access to respite services (restrooms, telephones, hygiene supplies), the employment resource center, skills building and a GED completion prep class, holistic health services, medical and behavioral health triage, support groups, and a place for artistic people to be creative. Call 415-369-3040.

Supportive Housing Network (SHN)
A group composed of tenants, property managers, caseworkers, and housing advocates which discusses and works on ways of improving living conditions for consumers living in independent supportive housing and downtown residential hotels. Meets the second Thursday of every month, from 3-5p.m. at Dorothy Day Center at 54 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Call Kendra Fuller at (415) 421-2926 x304.

All meetings subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances or due to falling on the day of legal observance of a Federal or State holiday. You may check ahead about any planned meeting or event by using the information and phone numbers listed above.

The Healing Circle for the Soul Support Group
Our Purpose: The purpose of them Healing Circle for support is to promote sharing, healing, education and action for survivors of homicide and victims of violence. The primary purpose of the Healing Circle is to address the needs of homicide survivors. The secondary purpose is to address other types of violence such as elder abuse, child abuse, robbery, incarceration, domestic violence, etc.

When: Every 2nd and 4th Thursday each month at 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Where: Paradise Baptist Church, 2595 San Jose Avenue.
Facilitators: George Jurand, 415 516-1635/Mattie Scott, 415 412-1469

Chaplain: Minister Gerald A. Criswell, Pastor, New Beginnings Baptist Church
2900 Geneva Avenue, Daly City, CA 94014 415 518-5756

By Public Transportation: M Metro Transit Line or BART to Balboa Station, and MUNI Line, #15 and #29. Walk up to San Jose Avenue 3 blocks to Paradise Church on the left hand side of the street.



Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA)
Is an independent, nonprofessional, twelve step, self-help fellowship organization for people with a dual diagnosis. Our goal is to help men and women who experience a dual illness. We are chemically dependent and we are also affected by an emotional or psychiatric illness. There are several meetings in San Francisco. Contact person Stephen Dempsey (415) 255-3664 www.draonline.org

SMART Recovery (SR)
Self-Management and Recovery Training or SMART Recovery. (SR) is a self-help approach to recovery from alcohol and chemical dependency. SMART recovery appeals to those individuals who prefer a rational approach to life's problems. Meets Monday and Wednesday evening 7:00pm-8:30pm at Saint Frances Memorial Hospital 900 Hyde St. (between Bush & Pine) in the Hoffman Room 2nd floor and Friday at the same time in the Weyerhaeuser 2nd Floor. Contact (415) 891-9925 www.smartrecovery.org

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
A nonprofit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. Regular meetings for recovering addicts to help each other stay clean. Meeting information available 24 hour a day through the help line: (415) 864-3155. Meetings and literature are also available in Spanish. www.na.org

Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)
The members meet regularly to share support and fellowship, and create a safe environment to stay clean. This is a spiritual program. We can define for ourselves the nature of our personal relationship with spirituality, for now we accept that something has helped us stay clean. http://www.norcalcma.org/meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Group support meetings throughout San Francisco helping people recover from alcoholism, achieve and maintain sobriety. AA operates a 24-hour telephone line, staffed by volunteer AA members who will help find meeting times and locations convenient for callers. Meetings and literature also available in Spanish. www.aasf.org

Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
A phone message gives free listing of local meetings; members to contact and support for people who desire to end their addiction 24-hour helpline (415) 226-1300. (CA) is a 12 step based self-help group www.ca.org

LifeRing Secular Recovery
LifeRing is an abstinence-based, worldwide network of people living in recovery from addiction to alcohol or to other, non-medically indicated drugs. In LifeRing, we offer each other peer-to-peer support in ways that encourage personal growth and continued learning through personal empowerment. Our approach is based on developing, refining, and sharing our own strategies for continued abstinence and crafting a rewarding life in recovery. In short, we are sober, secular, and self-empowered. http://www.LifeRing.org

Marijuana Anonymous
We who are marijuana addicts know the answer to this question. Marijuana controls our lives! We lose interest in all else; our dreams go up in smoke. Ours is a progressive illness often leading us to addictions to other drugs, including alcohol. Our lives, our thinking, and our desires center around marijuana. Call (415) 522-7373 for meeting times and location. www.marijuana-anonymous.org

Nicotine Anonymous
A Non-Profit 12 Step Fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. The Fellowship offers group support and recovery using the 12 Steps as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to achieve abstinence from nicotine. www.nicotine-anonymous.org

Debtors Anonymous
Debtor's Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from compulsive debting. Meets daily Call (415) 522-9099 for meeting times and location. www.debtorsanonymous.org

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)
Adult Children of Alcoholics is a Twelve Step, Twelve-Tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Visit the website for more information: www.adultchildren.org.

If your life has been affected by someone else's drinking; you are an Al-Anon or Alateen member or a professional working in the field of alcoholism. www.al-anon.alateen.org

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CODA)
Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and fulfilling relationships. Meets daily through out San Francisco Call (415) 905-6331 for meeting times and location. www.codependents.org

The Dry Dock (formerly The Marina Dock)
Welcome to the Marina Dock, a non-profit facility for recovery-related meetings and workshops. Since 1986, it has been the most popular Twelve Step meeting location in San Francisco for people who desire to recover from alcoholism, drug addiction and other compulsive and addictive behaviors. Call (415) 673-4009 for more information. www.drydockSF.org

Castro Country Club
A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender recovery community meeting place (though all are welcome) to hang out and socialize as an alternative to the bar scene. Coffee/espresso bar, TV room, video game room and outdoor patio. Hours Mon - Fri 12noon to 11pm and Sat. & Sun. 10:00am - 11:00pm. Phone # (415) 552-6102

Overeaters Anonymous
Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive overeating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Unlike other organizations, OA is not just about weight loss, obesity or diets; it addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet. To address weight loss, OA encourages members to develop a food plan with a health care professional and a sponsor. If you want to stop your compulsive eating, welcome to Overeaters Anonymous. Meets daily through out San Francisco for meeting times and location: www.oa.org

Alano Club of San Francisco
The Alano Club of San Francisco is a place for recovering people to meet and socialize in a clean and sober environment before and after 12-step meetings. It is supported by its members dues and by 12-Step donations from meetings held at the club. 1748 Market St. #202, San Francisco, CA 94102. www.alanosf.org

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and seek recovery from sex and/or love addiction or avoidance. SAN FRANCISCO/EAST BAY, INTERGROUP P.O. Box 32113 Oakland, CA 94604-4715 Call: 415-979-4715 for more information. www.slaa-sfeb.org National website: www.slaafws.org

Women For Sobriety
Women For Sobriety, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions. It is, in fact, the first national self-help program for women alcoholics. Our "New Life" Program" helps achieve sobriety and sustain ongoing recovery. WFS has been providing services to women alcoholics since July, 1976. The WFS "New Life" Program grew out of one woman's search for sobriety. http://www.womenforsobriety.org

WAAFT (We Agnostics, Atheists, and Freethinkers)
WAAFT (We Agnostics, Atheists, and Freethinkers) is a group of agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, seekers, and all who want a secular sobriety solution. WAAFT has AA meetings in several cities and online.


800.273.8255 (TALK)

Behavioral Health Services (BHS) - San Francisco Behavioral Health Plan

Bipolar Disorder

Care Providers Practice Services

Center for Addiction and Mental Health

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Disability Care Center

Get Smart About Drugs

The Glendon Association

Legal & Law Enforcement Office Locations, Hours, & Phone Numbers

Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHA-SF)
(MHA-SF) has just released its new San Francisco Behavioral Health Resource guide that was created with the support of Behavioral Health Services (BHS).  You may find the link to the guide by clicking over to our Resources page as well as here:  San Francisco Behavioral Health Resource Guide  The link to the guide will always be on the Resources page.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIDA) is a United States federal-government research institute and committed to two main goals. The first is to support and conduct research on how drug abuse and addiction affect the brain, body, and behavior. The second is to use research results to improve the way we prevent and treat people with drug abuse and addiction.
https://www.drugabuse.gov/ and What to Do If You Have a Problem with Drugs

Psychiatric Foundation of Northern California

San Francisco Guide to Mental Health Services
San Francisco Behavioral Health Resource Guide

San Francisco Suicide Prevention


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Suicide Awareness and Voices of Education

Suicide and the cost of life

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

Teen Rehab Center.  The center is geographically in Fl, but provides helpful resources

uLifeLine: Resources, and Links about prevention

Youth Suicide Prevention

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