In the Fall of 2020 in tandem with Mental Health Awareness month, Saint Francis Foundation launched a new funding opportunity for community partners focused on addressing the behavioral health, mental health and substance use challenges faced by the patients of Saint Francis. The Hospital provides inpatient services to over 1,100 individuals experiencing emotional or psychological disorders in our 35-bed unit each year.
We received a total of 15 letters of intent (LOIs) initially and assembled a team of clinicians and experts in the hospital to better understand the opportunities that would meet our established criteria, which led to four grant award recipients, highlighted below. The Foundation approved $860,000 in grant funds in support of the following projects:
- Larkin Street Youth Services for Improving Behavioral Health for Young People Experiencing Homelessness
- Focuses on transition-age youth (16-24) and provides 150 individuals high-levels of behavioral healthcare to improve mental health outcomes and continuity of services.
- Curry Senior Center for Behavioral Health Navigation
- Focuses on high-risk, low-income 55+ adults struggling with aging, mental health, and substance use who live in the Tenderloin and Mid-Market neighborhoods. Many live with no family or support in isolation, such as single-room occupancy (SRO) hotels.
- San Francisco Community Health Center over three years to establish the TRANSCARE project for trans-individuals cared for at Saint Francis.
- Funds a partnership with SFCHC to establish a culturally appropriate and tailored support program for trans- and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals throughout the entirety of the surgical process for patients at Saint Francis.
- Mental Health Association of San Francisco for a Peer Navigation Program for Mental Health
- Peer counselors will connect with over 100 patients from Saint Francis, who are either hospitalized, discharged, or intersect with the ER and provide counseling, health and resource navigation, and peer support to ensure a continuum of care.
Congratulations to the four Community Grant Award recipients!
A second round of requests for proposals will open next week, February 22, 2021. Please visit our Community Grants page for more information.