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La Clínica

La Clínica was Instituto Familiar de la Raza’s first program. As a comprehensive outpatient mental health clinic, La Clínica addresses the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the Chicano/Latino community utilizing traditional, contemporary, and complementary approaches to community mental health.

La Clínica was Instituto Familiar de la Raza’s first program. As a comprehensive outpatient mental health clinic, La Clínica addresses the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the Chicano/Latino community utilizing traditional, contemporary, and complementary approaches to community mental health.

La Clínica provides outpatient mental health services targeting the Chicano/Latino community. Services focus on a range of behavioral health issues, including severe and persistent mental illness, trauma-related conditions, family and intergenerational conflicts, adjustment problems related to immigration, and reunification.

To reflect the unique needs of Chicanos/Latinos, La Clinica utilizes traditional, contemporary, and complementary approaches, including evidence-based modalities. Additional innovative culturally/spiritually grounded practices 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.

La Clinica 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.

La Clínica provide individual, family, group, and couples therapy; and case management and medication services for children, youth, adults and their families. All services are provided by bilingual/bicultural staff including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and case managers.

Services provided by La Clínica include the following:

  • Therapy: Therapeutic services include an initial screening for mental health and substance abuse needs and an assessment to determine the type of service needed. Therapy is designed to reduce symptoms in clients that interfere with daily functioning, improve relationships within their family, and increase their meaningful participation in community.
  • Medication Support: This service involves the prescribing, administering, dispensing, and monitoring of psychiatric medications necessary to alleviate the symptoms of mental illness. Medication support 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. 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.

For more information, contact laclinica@ifrsf.org.

All of La Clínica's 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 and at low fees, and accepts insurance, including Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and Healthy Kids.

If you would like to access services at La Clínica, please call (415) 229-0500, or email us at laclinica@ifrsf.org.

Surviving the Past and Creating the Future

Fleeing an abusive marriage, Gladys arrived from Central America with her 15 year old son. She found temporary refuge with her married daughter who lived in San Francisco. After a few months, the daughter asked her to move. Worried that her father was alone with no one to take care of him, the daughter resented Gladys leaving.
Gladys and her son moved to a shelter. She was unable to sleep, cried frequently, was nervous most of the time, and felt helpless. A case manager referred Gladys to Instituto. When she came to La Clínica, she met Ingrid. Ingrid encouraged her to share her story. Over several sessions, Gladys disclosed a history of child abuse, the domestic violence during her marriage, and her deep sadness and fears. She also revealed an unusually strong, creative desire to “salir adelante” move forward. In her past, she had succeeded in small businesses to support her family; she was indeed a “guerrera”.
In therapy, Ingrid helped Gladys look at the hurt and damage her experiences had inflicted, as well as the strength and accomplishments it took to survive those ordeals. Gladys was able to begin healing wounds from the past. Through healing, her life began to change.
She was able to sleep and imagine a better life. Gladys remained at the shelter with her son, with all of its own challenges, until she was able to access private housing. Her son registered for high school, and with Gladys’ encouragement, passed all his courses. They both have the goal for him to attend college. Through case management, Gladys was able to access services to apply for a U-visa. While the legalization process progresses, she is able to use a work permit. There’s even a fragile but evolving reconciliation with her daughter that allows her to be with her grandson and build a relationship with him.
Today Gladys works part time with an organization to assist women who are victims of violence. She is also a domestic worker with legal status which has improved her ability to find more work and give her son the support he needs to reach their shared dream. As Gladys explains, “my corazón estaba roto; ahora tengo la esperanza.” My heart was broken; now I have hope.

 

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