DCCS (formerly known as the UCSF Center on Deafness) has served the Deaf community for over 45 years. In July 2012, the program transitioned to its new home at Felton Institute.
In partnership with the City and County of San Francisco, the Department of Public Health (DPH), Community Behavioral Health Services (CBHS), and Alameda County Behaviorial Services, DCCS is dedicated to serving Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing clients in San Francisco and Alameda Counties with culturally sensitive providers and all needed communication assistance, including staff fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), and well versed in Deaf Culture. Most of DCCS’s staff therapists are Deaf themselves.
DCCS is committed to continuing the mission of providing quality and innovative mental health services for individuals and children who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Late Deafened, Deaf-Plus (Deaf individuals who also have intellectual disabilities),Deaf-Blind and their families and partners, of all races, cultures and genders.
Our services include mental health, assessment and psychotherapy, rehabilitation support, psychiatric and medication services, and school partnerships to foster academic and social success for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students.
DCCS staff work with children, adults and seniors who are addressing depression, anxiety, mood or thought disorders, adjustment reactions, stress, relationship issues, family problems and other mental health issues.
The Clinical Team
Professional mental health services are available from DCCS for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard-of-Hearing, Deaf-Plus, and Late Deafened in three locations in the Bay Area: San Francisco, Berkeley and Fremont.
Our licensed therapists (MFTs, LCSWs and LPCCs) and registered interns are trained and experienced in mental health services for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Deaf Plus,Late Deafened, Deaf-Blind individuals.
All of our staff is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Certified ASL Interpreters are also available for services as needed.
- Psychiatry and Psychotropic Medication Management and Education
- Culturally Sensitive Individual Therapy
- Therapy for Children and Adolescents
- Domestic Violence-related Issues
- Substance Abuse Education
- Educationally-related Mental Health Services (ERMHS)
- Mental Health Workshops
- Consultation, Collaboration and Advocacy
DCCS accepts the following insurance:
- Full scope Medi-Cal
- Medi-Cal with Medicare
- ERMHS (formerly known as AB3632)
- Certain private insurance with prior authorization. (Please contact DCCS for more information.)
Downloadable Brochure PDF for Felton Deaf Community Counseling Services.
With a commitment to serving more Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing adults and children, we look forward to expanding our services to more Bay Area counties at the request of their County Behavioral Health Services (CBHS).
We recognize that the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community is as diverse as the greater community-at-large. To this end, we welcome people from all backgrounds, races, cultures, abilities, genders and sexual orientations, and strive to provide cultural sensitive service to all clients.
Sliding Scale Policy at Felton Institute’s 1500 Franklin Clinic in San Francisco: No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay. There is a discounted/sliding fee schedule available, based on family size and income.
San Francisco Office:
1500 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94109
Main Phone: (415) 474-7310 ext. 322
Video Phone: (415) 255-5854
Fax: (415) 447-9701
3075 Adeline St #105A,
Berkeley, CA 94703
Main Phone: 510-957-5465
Video Phone: (510)343.7277
Fax: (510) 957-5474
39500 Stevenson Place
Fremont, CA 94539
Video Phone: (510)984-1654
Fax: (510) 894-0809