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 »
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 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 »
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.
Felton Proudly Remembers: Mayor London Breed of San Francisco Declares October 30th Felton Institute Day!
Let’s 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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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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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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
Felton’s...Read More »
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.
On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that a landmark civil rights law protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination. “An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different...Read More »
HILLTOP CLASS OF 2020 CELEBRATES WITH A VIRTUAL GRADUATION
On June 5, 2020, sixteen Hilltop High School seniors celebrated the milestone of graduation in the way that has become very familiar in these times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The graduates, in their purple caps and gowns, shared memories...Read More »
As nonprofits continue to navigate the needs of clients and provide essential services in the wake of COVID-19, there is a heightened focus on the future of child care.