For many people in underserved communities, accessing mental health care is a struggle. Finding the right fit of a therapist, figuring out insurance coverage, and the social stigma that comes with getting help is just part of a bigger problem. The road to mental health is a steep climb and is even harder for minority communities and people living in poverty.

Felton Institute offers an array of mental health programs addressing the needs of these diverse populations.

Felton Institute Supports Mental Health



Felton’s early care and educational programs celebrate neurodiversity and inclusion, offering individualized educational programs for the child. Our educators are committed to an integrated program model which includes children with special needs.


Transitional Aged Youth

Felton currently runs six programs that focus on offering specialized and age-appropriate support mental health services to the underserved or unserved TAY. These are young adults (ages 18-25) who cannot access mental health services in a traditional setting.



Inequities in access to mental health care can arise from a lack of language skills, as well as psychological and cultural barriers. Lack of or insufficient insurance can also present economic challenges. Felton Institute prioritizes equitable access within a value-based framework. Programs are geared towards serving specialized populations, people with disabilities or adults with mental health concerns accompanied by chronic homelessness.



Reports show that 20% of people 55 years and older experience some mental health concerns. Felton mental programs for seniors provide multilingual, culturally competent, peer-based support and services to support our aging population. Changing bodies and chemistry, changes in family and friendships, and changes in living situations all affect mental health in aging adults.


At-Risk for Suicide

Most suicides are related to psychiatric disease, with depression, substance abuse, and psychosis being the most relevant risk factors. San Francisco Suicide Prevention (SFSP) is the oldest community-based telephone crisis center in the United States, answering an average of 200 calls daily. In addition to the crisis hotlines, SFSP has youth education, outreach programs, and grief support groups.


Justice-Involved Population

Increased interest and efforts in supporting individuals who interact with the criminal justice system has led to the expansion of Felton’s Justice Services Division. Our programs are aimed at ensuring the continuum of care for the justice-involved population as they re-enter society.


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About Felton Institute: Founded in 1889, Felton Institute responds to human needs by providing cutting edge, evidence-based mental health and social services that transform lives. Felton Institute is a tax-exempt organization registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit under EIN 94-1156530.

Offering more than 50 acclaimed and honored programs that address homelessness, mental health, prenatal, adolescent, adult, and senior needs, Felton Institute provides services in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Marin, and Monterey counties. Felton’s social services and programs utilize the latest scientific research, combining cultural sensitivity, deep respect for client and staff, and a commitment to social justice.

Felton is the oldest non-sectarian and nonprofit social services provider in the City and County of San Francisco. For over a century, Felton Institute has been at the forefront of social service innovation, pioneering new approaches to meet underserved populations’ emerging needs. At the heart of our work is the belief that individuals and families in crisis must have access to services and resources to help them build on their inherent strengths and develop self-sufficiency.