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Felton & You: Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Most enjoy the warm, satisfying feeling that accompanies assisting someone in need, but did you know how impactful it can be to improving your health. Scientific studies attest to the benefits of giving – not just for...Read More »


Employee Spotlight: Charlotte Pinkney | Early Care and Education (ECE)

Felton Institute wishes to celebrate Charlotte Pinkney for her incredible dedication, loyalty, and service of 30 years to this agency. Charlotte first came to Felton in the Spring of 1990 as a substitute teacher. She has supported, supervised, and taught...Read More »


Felton continues the work of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris

Felton Institute is proud to continue the criminal justice reform work of Vice President Elect-Kamala Harris through the Young Adult Court Program (YAC).

Established in San Francisco in 2005, the Back on Track program was created by then...Read More »


ECE Community Hub: Innovating Education in COVID-19

Distant learning creates unique hurdles for teachers and students. It is particularly challenging for elementary students who lack the necessary resources to support remote study. Read More »


Felton Proudly Remembers: Mayor London Breed of San Francisco Declares October 30th Felton Institute Day!

Lets look back at one highlight of last year

San Francisco native Charisse Lloyd found herself at a crossroads back in 1999. She was pregnant, living at home with her grandmother in Lower Pacific Heights, and desperately wanted to stand on her own feet as she started her family....Read More »


Ombudsmen Protect Nursing Home Residents Rights

The month of October is Residents’ Rights Month, an annual event to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities and consumers receiving services in their home or community.

In this new era of COVID-19, protecting residents’...Read More »


Felton & You: Celebrating LGBTQ History Month

Felton Institute joined the rest of the nation in celebrating October as LGBTQ History Month. The month-long celebration serves as a reminder to both the LGBTQ and broader communities of the important roles LGBTQ people have taken in creating the social, legal, and...Read More »


Spotlight: Dr. Tato Torres, Early Psychosis Bilingual Therapist

Dr. Tato Torres, an Early Psychosis Bilingual Therapist for Felton Institute, has a warm demeanor and eyes that twinkle when he smiles. In celebration of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, Tato shares his memories of growing up in Puerto Rico, and the values his parents instilled within him. He notes that, in...Read More »


Town Halls and Graduations: What’s New with Felton’s Early Psychosis Division

A series of virtual town hall events hosted by the Early Psychosis Division have been praised as a success!

Held this year on from April through September on Zoom, the eight town halls...Read More »


Early Psychosis Division’s Remobilization Ensure Continuity of Services

People living with psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or depression, are at a higher risk from severe COVID-19. According to scientists at UCSF, it’s common for people...Read More »


Felton’s Early Psychosis Programs

Felton’s Early Psychosis Programs provide services in five Northern and Central California Counties: Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, and Monterey. It is a rigorous, data-driven program using five evidence-based practices in synergy.

Felton’s Early Psychosis Program’s comprehensive treatment approach includes:

  • Case management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp) algorithm-guided medication management
  • Individual...Read More »

SFSP Guests on KCBS Radio’s “I’m Listening” Special

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and on September 23, 2020, Felton’s San Francisco Suicide Prevention (SFSP) team members, Director of Programs Van Hedwall and Hotline Manager Meg Sierra were special guests on KCBS Radio. Hosted by Keith Menconi, the two-hour special aired as part of the national “I’m Listening”...Read More »


Felton’s First Cohort Graduates from Leadership Development & Retention Program

On September 22, 2020, the first cohort of Felton Institute’s Leadership Development and Retention Program graduated in a virtual ceremony. The four graduates completed a three-year program designed to support leadership development and reward those who best represent the agency.

The training program runs for three years and...Read More »


Felton and You: September is Suicide Prevention Month

The world is now seven months into the “new normal,” and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues. There is consistent developing news about the disease spread, rising death rates, a struggling economy, and the constant risks faced by health care professions and essential workers.

During Labor Day...Read More »


Spotlight: Michelle Kaye, Clinical Director, Felton’s Children, Youth & Family and Transitional Age Youth Division

Michelle Kaye’s life adventure began in the Midwest, specifically, Evanston, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. The firstborn daughter among four children, Michelle has two older brothers and a younger sister; she fondly remembers always having someone with whom to play during her childhood. “My parents are both psychologists. When I...Read More »


Felton's CYF-TAY Division: A Commitment to Serve

2020 and COVID-19 have everyone adjusting to the parameters of the “new normal” of the world today. With the ever-changing cultural and societal norms, health and safety practices, and economic challenges – the basic unit of society, the family, needs more support and protection than ever before.

Problems arise when the...Read More »


Felton Institute's Children, Youth & Family and Transitional Age Youth Division COVID-19 Response and Challenges

Felton Institute has had a targeted, two-generation and culturally responsive approach to address COVID-19. Since shelter in place, Felton’s Children, Youth, Family and Transitional Age Youth Services Division launched these response services that included distance learning, mental health counseling, speech therapy, early intervention telehealth, access to food, essential household and...Read More »


San Francisco and Felton Institute Prepare for Possible Temporary Hospital Opening

With many hospitals being stretched to capacity due to COVID-19, health officials in San Francisco are preparing to open a new low acuity medical facility in order to free up hospital beds and make room for coronavirus patients.

Felton Institute will provide mental health support and assessments within the “pop-up...Read More »


Tips For Preparing Kindergarteners in the Time of COVID-19

The CDC recently released guidelines to keep kids safe at school. But with new information changing week to week, it looks as though our school children will be learning remotely until future notice. Here are some ways for parents to prepare our children for a school year of learning ahead!

 

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Felton and You: Felton's ECE First Virtual Graduation: A Joyful Success!

August 7, 2020, Felton’s Children, Youth, Family & Transitional Age Youth Division celebrated 71 preschoolers jubilantly making the transition to kindergarten. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s milestone ceremony was a virtual graduation, but the cheers and tears of joy were just as heartfelt as in years...Read More »


Felton and You: The Long-term Care Ombudsman Program

At a time when communication with loved ones in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and board and care homes is more critical than ever due to the pandemic, the services provided by Felton’s Long-term Care Ombudsman program are essential.

The Ombudsman Program is a federally...Read More »


Felton Institute’s Senior Division: Dealing with the Pandemic through Technology

Felton’s Senior Division Director Cathy Spensley, MSW, LCSW, joined the Felton team in 2006, and oversees programs that serve over 2,000 seniors a year in geriatric mental health and aging services.

Felton Institute’s Learning with Leaders video series provides an opportunity to learn more about one of Felton’s life transformative programs...Read More »


Spotlight: Edith Yamanoha, Program Manager of Felton’s Aging Services, Senior Division 

Edith Yamanoha, Program Manager of Felton’s Aging Services, has a focused and calm demeanor. When she discovers new techniques of serving others, she beams with joy. Edith comes from a family of five that includes her parents, brother and sister.

“My mother was a warm...Read More »


Kitty Felton: An Innovative Life of Service

In this month of July, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Katharine (Kitty) Felton, the maverick executive director of the agency named in tribute to her, Felton Institute.

Kitty Felton was born on July 7, 1873, in Oakland, California, to a prominent Bay Area family. Her father, John Brooks Felton, was...Read More »


Felton Institute’s New Board Officers

As of July 1, 2020, Felton instituted new board officers. Sandra Smith is now Board Chair, succeeding Amy Solliday, who is now Board Chair Emeritus. Darren Skolnick, the new Vice-Chair, succeeds Gretchen Eichinger. Gretchen Eichinger is now serving as Board Secretary, in the position previously held by Elisabeth A. Madden.

 

Sandra...Read More »


June Message from Felton President & CEO, Al Gilbert

Because of those we serve, our Felton family knows firsthand why our nation must do better in all aspects of protecting and preserving humanity.

Providing services to the most vulnerable in our communities is our work toward transforming the lives of our impoverished neighbors, seniors, children, families of color, those...Read More »


Spotlight: Randy Carter, Case Manager, Felton’s LEAD Team

Randy Carter, a case manager for Felton’s Law Enforcement Assistance Diversion (LEAD) program, grew up in Oakland, arriving in the Bay Area at the tender age of three. His family roots are in Louisiana; Randy is the fifth of six children, with three sisters and two brothers completing the...Read More »


The Evolution of Felton’s Justice Services

Felton’s Justice Services were developed with the intention of expanding Felton’s mission of transforming the lives of many of our most vulnerable community members. The scope of the programs continues to expand and evolve, having grown from one program in San Francisco County to multiple programs throughout Northern California.


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Featured Video: Learning With Leaders, FEST

Engagement Specialist, LEAD, Robin

FEST is comprised of Felton Engagement Specialist Team (FEST) members who are skilled case managers working in collaboration with the San Francisco Departments of Public Health, Public Works, Homelessness and Supportive Housing, and the San Francisco Police Department.

Felton Institute is one of the oldest non-profit agencies in the San Francisco Bay...Read More »


Finding Awe and Beauty as We Shelter In Place

During these challenging times, artists continue to find new subject matter, even when very close to home. Felton Communications and Marketing Associate Auey Santos, who is also an award-winning professional photographer, began a pandemic photo diary in response to the COVID-19 shelter in place orders.

“My...Read More »


Felton’s Family Support in Response to COVID-19

The primary focus of Felton’s Family Support program has been to inform all families in our four Early Care and Education (ECE) programs of resources in the community, provide emotional support, and offer direct services that are available. Updated information of current basic need resources have been available for them on-site via...Read More »


Felton's Family Support Essential Service Work

Since the shelter in place ordinance was enacted in March, Felton’s Children, Youth, Family (CYF) and Transitional Age Youth Division has continued to provide essential services with some of our staff working remotely. Despite this new way of providing our services, many of our programs continue to remain open...Read More »


Spotlight: Tieu Ly, Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Program Manager

Tieu Ly, Program Manager for Felton’s Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Program is a passionate and dedicated advocate for the older adults that he serves. When he talks about the successes of Felton’s clients, his countenance lights up. Whether he is scheduling events or dancing with a Foster...Read More »


Felton’s DCCS Supporting Clients During COVID-19 Crisis

Felton’s Deaf Community Counseling Services (DCCS) has created a video to remind all that their sites are open and essential mental health services are being provided during these challenging times.

 

KBLX reporter, Sterling James, “welcomes Al Gilbert, President and CEO and Dr. Robin Ortiz, Director of Business Development at Felton Institute. Named for Katharine ‘Kitty’ Felton, its dedicated...Read More »


San Francisco Suicide Prevention and Felton Institute Merge to Augment Suicide Prevention and Mental Health

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco Suicide Prevention has now merged into Felton Institute, uniting two of the most enduring mental health and crisis intervention agencies in Northern California. This innovative merger places suicide prevention in a broad continuum of care and extends...Read More »


ABC7’s Spencer Christian and Preschool Graduates Celebrate!

ABC7’s Spencer Christian and Preschool Graduates Celebrate!

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Felton Hosts AIC Delegation from Singapore

Felton Hosts AIC Delegation from Singapore

San Francisco, CA (Thursday, July 20, 2017) – In July, Felton was delighted to host a delegation from the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) from Singapore, which supports seniors living in their homes and in the community. Felton President and
CEO Al Gilbert and Senior...Read More »


Foster Grandparents Senior Companions Luncheon

Foster Grandparents Senior Companions Luncheon

San Francisco, CA (Friday, October 20, 2017) — Felton’s Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions were honored at the annual luncheon. The United Irish Cultural Center was filled with warm greetings, music, and photo props that inspired smiles and...Read More »


Felton and First 5 Host Japanese Delegation

Felton and First 5 Host Japanese Delegation

San Francisco, CA (Thursday, October 19, 2017) — East met West at Felton’s Young Family Resource Center on Bryant Street in San Francisco, CA. A round table of delegates from Japan met with delegates from Felton Institute and First 5 San Francisco...Read More »


Preschool Graduation: Cradle to College

Felton Preschool Graduation: Cradle to College

San Francisco, CA (Friday, August 4, 2017) — Felton’s Preschool Graduation achieved a new milestone this year. For the first time, the inspiring ceremony was held on the campus of San Francisco State University. The theme was Cradle to College.

We wanted to give the students...Read More »


Australia's Best Chance CEO Visits Felton

Australia’s Best Chance CEO Visits Felton

San Francisco, CA (July 31, 2017) — When Kevin Feeney, CEO of Australia’s Bestchance child and family care agency visited Felton’s Developmental Center on July 31, 2017, one of Felton’s young preschool clients grabbed his arm and greeted him like a dear familiar friend. It...Read More »


NPR - Latino USA - Spotlight's Young Avowed Father

By MARISSA ORTEGA-WELCH – JUNE 16, 2017

NPR – Latino USA reporter, Marissa Ortega-Welch, interviews a young man who has stepped up to the plate to help his girlfriend raise her son...Read More »


KCBS Highlights Hilltop High School

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2017 Hilltop High School Director and Principal Interviewed by KCBS

KCBS reporter, Margie Shafer, interviews Felton’s Children, Youth and Family Director Yohana Quiroz, and Hilltop High School for pregnant and parenting teens principal,...Read More »

Felton PREP and BEAM San Mateo Graduates Celebrate!

Felton PREP and BEAM San Mateo Graduates Celebrate!
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 19, 2017) — Graduates of Felton Institute’s PREP (Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis) and BEAM (Bipolar Disorder Early Assessment and Management) programs, that serve youth between the ages...Read More »

NAMI San Francisco Honors Felton President & CEO Al Gilbert with Champion Award - Guest Speaker Zak Williams Encourages Advocacy & Education

NAMI San Francisco Honors Felton President & CEO Al Gilbert with Champion Award
Guest Speaker Zak Williams Encourages Advocacy & Education
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 28, 2016) — On October 27, 2016, Felton Institute President and CEO Al Gilbert was awarded the first...Read More »

Felton Institute Presents at International Consortium on Hallucination Research (ICHR) Conference in Chicago

Felton Institute Presents at International Consortium on Hallucination Research (ICHR) Conference in Chicago. 
Felton Institute Presents at International Consortium on Hallucination Research (ICHR) Conference in Chicago
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 29, 2016) — Felton Institute staff has just returned from the International Consortium on Hallucination Research (ICHR) satellite conference. From September 25-28, 2016, researchers from nine...Read More »

Felton Institute Presents at the International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) in Milan, Italy

Felton Institute Presents at the International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) in Milan, Italy. 
Felton Institute Presents at the International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) in Milan, Italy
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 23, 2016) — Felton President and CEO Al Gilbert and Research and CCOR™ (Client-Centered Outcomes Research in Public Mental Health) Director Dr. Nev Jones have returned...Read More »

Felton Institute's Family Developmental Center's Magali Valdez-Robles receives a First 5 Excellence in Teaching Award

Felton Institute’s Family Developmental Center’s Magali Valdez-Robles receives a First 5 Excellence in Teaching Award
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 3, 2016) — Felton Institute extends hearty congratulations to Magali ValdezRobles, who was recently recognized by First Five San Francisco for her teaching excellence,...Read More »

Felton Institute Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Foster Grandparent Program & Honors Senior Companions

Felton Institute Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Foster Grandparent Program & Honors Senior Companions

Mayor Ed Lee declares January 14, 2016, Foster Grandparent Program Day

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 14, 2016) — Felton Institute: Family Service Agency of San Francisco’s commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Foster Grandparent Program and 41st...Read More »

Dr. H. Westley Clark Joins Stellar Team as Newest Member of Felton Institute's Board of Directors

Dr. H. Westley Clark Joins Stellar Team as Newest Member of Felton Institute’s Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 25, 2015) — Felton Institute is proud to announce that Dr. H. Westley Clark, Dean’s Executive Professor of Public Health at Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, California, is the newest...Read More »


National Council for Behavioral Health Awards Felton Early Psychosis Program's Coordinator of Peer and Family Support Services with the Prestigious Peer Specialist of the Year Award for Excellence in Mental Health

The National Council for Behavioral Health Awards Felton Early Psychosis Program’s Coordinator of Peer and Family Support Services with the Prestigious Peer Specialist of the Year Award for Excellence in Mental Health

Honorees to Receive the Inspiring Hope Awards on April 21, 2015, in Orlando, Florida

SAN FRANCISCO, CA ( April 21, 2015)...Read More »


Family Service Agency of San Francisco will co-host Legacy Film Festival on Aging in September

Felton’s Family Services Agency’s Senior Division is again sponsoring the 2014 Legacy Film Festival on Aging, taking place at the New People Theater in Japantown, San Francisco from September 12 through 14, 2014.

The festival will feature seven programs throughout the weekend including exceptional films from around the world,...Read More »


Felton Institute Debuts

Family Service Agency of San Francisco, one of San Francisco’s Oldest and Largest Social Service Organizations, is Changing its Name to Felton Institute

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 18, 2014) ­After 125 years of continuous service to San Francisco and greater Bay Area, Family Service Agency of San Francisco (FSA) is transitioning...Read More »


Felton Institute’s PREP (Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis) Program Wins National Council for Behavioral Health Inspiring Hope, Science to Service Award

May 5, 2014 The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and substance use treatment organizations. Together with our 2,000 + member organizations employing 750,000 staff, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 8 million adults...Read More »


$1.5 Million Award from PCORI Study to Family Service Agency of San Francisco’s Felton Institute

Family Service Agency of San Francisco’s Felton Institute Receives $1.5 Million Award from PCORI Study will Evaluate a Tool for Patients and their Caregivers to Make Better Informed Decisions on Care

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 24, 2013) ─ The Patient‐Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved a $1.5 million research award...Read More »