The PREP program is a community partnership between The University of California, The Family Services Agency of San Francisco, The Mental Health Association of San Francisco, Sojourner Truth Foster Family Service Agency, Larkin Street Youth Services, and Child Crisis Community Behavioral Health Services – Department of Public Health.
FAMILY SERVICE AGENCY OF SAN FRANCISCO
Family Service Agency, a San Francisco community care provider since 1888, devotes specific resource and staff time towards empathic and evidence-based care of people who are suffering from the symptoms of chronic psychosis or who are at high risk for their development. A team-based approach ensures active collaboration between physicians, therapist and social workers, all of whom have been trained to provide the most effective care possible.
Chief Executive Officer
The CEO of Family Service Agency, will donate his time as an in-kind contribution to the project, personally ensuring that the FSA developed components of the multi-faceted treatment approach are applied with fidelity and integrity. For twenty years, Mr. Bennett was CEO of Resource Development Associates, a strategic planning and evaluation consulting firm devoted to strengthening community based social services in low-income communities and communities of color. He has also been active in the arenas of juvenile and criminal justice reform, homelessness, and community development, and now is helping to transform the treatment of psychosis through the complementary suite of evidence-based therapies that comprise the foundation of the PREP Partnership approach.
Demian Rose, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Director and Adult Psychiatrist
will serve as 10% time Medical Director and Psychiatrist for the PREP Partnership. He is also an Assistant Professor at UCSF and the Medical Director of the UCSF Early Psychosis Clinic, an assessment and referral clinic for transition age youth. For many years he has been an advocate and teacher for more client-centered and evidence-based psychiatry for early psychosis. Dr. Rose developed the medication algorithm we will use in this project.
Perry Olshan, PhD
Division Director, PREP
For over 10 years, Dr. Olshan has worked in the mental health field in various capacities committed to both marginalized and general population’s mental health. He has run numerous intensive community based mental health programs within Los Angeles County. Dr. Olshan has extensive training and research treating PTSD in adolescents, developing a treatment method to decrease symptomology for adolescents suffering from PTSD.
Jessica Selvin, Psy.D.
Dr. Selvin has extensive experience working with individuals and families dealing with serious mental illness, including psychotic and mood disorders. As Clinical Director of PREP, Dr. Selvin provides supervision for clinicians and oversees the treatment of those taking part in the PREP Program.
Pamela Greenberg, MFTI
Pamela is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern with 5 years experience working with adolescents, families, and individuals with severe mental illness. Pamela provides individual therapy using the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model. She also co-leads a Multi-Family Psychoeducational Group for individuals with early psychosis and their families.
Michael Chan - MFTI
Michael has varied experience working with young people in a variety of situations and difficulties. Michael provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and care management for the young people in the PREP program.
Veronica Lopez, RN, MSN
Veronica provides medication and health evaluation and management for those in the PREP program. She has strong experience providing culturally competent care for mental health clients
Sharon Grossman, PhD
Erika Van Buren, PhD
Director of Research
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO
UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital houses the Early Psychosis Clinic that provides initial assessment and treatment referral. All patients who register with the clinic receive an intake session, a feedback session and a formal summary of our recommendations.
Rachel Loewy, PhD
Assistant Professor, UCSF Psychiatry; Clinical Director, Prodrome Assessment Research & Treatment (PART) Program
Dr. Loewy has over 14 years of experience in early psychosis research. She has expertise in the early identification of psychotic disorders and in treatment of young people who have early psychosis, or who are at high risk for psychosis, and their families.
Kate Hardy, Clin.Psych.D
Post Doctoral Fellow, supervisor in CBT for Psychosis and PREP training director.
Qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in the United Kingdom in 2007 Kate worked within early psychosis in both a research and clinical capacity. Kate’s experience lies in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for early psychosis and those at risk of developing psychosis. She is training and supervising community clinicians in CBT for psychosis
Barbara Krishna Stuart, Ph.D.
Dr. Stuart provides diagnostic and clinical assessment for young people with early psychosis and young people at risk for developing psychosis. She provides intensive training and supervision to clinicians in evidence-based diagnostic interviewing and assessment of psychiatric symptoms. She leads psychoeducational multifamily groups for young people with psychosis and their families.
Demian Rose, MD, PhD
Dr. Rose is an assistant professor as UCSF, where he is directly involved in educating medical students and Psychiatry trainees about recent advances in neuroscience and evidence-based practices for the treatment of psychosis. As medical director of PREP, he is responsible for supervision of all psychiatric services and the implementation of the PREP medication algorithm
Carmen Chow, MFT
Carmen provides clinical intake screening and assessment for the research and treatment of early psychosis. She has 10 years of experience providing therapy and case management services to the severe mentally ill population in San Francisco at UCSF before joining PREP. Carmen holds a Master degree in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. Originally from Hong Kong, she can conduct psychotherapy in two languages, Chinese and English.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF SAN FRANCISCO
The Mental Health Association of San Francisco has provided leadership in mental health education, advocacy, research and service for the diverse communities of San Francisco for over 60 years. MHA-SF is responsible for all of PREP’s Outreach efforts including marketing materials, public education and advocacy.
Michael oversees all program operations and contractual reporting for the PREP Program with MHA-SF.
PREP Program Manager
Nicole brings her expertise in working with at-risk young adults by providing outreach and educational presentations to the community to combat stigmas associated with psychosis and schizophrenia. For the past several years, she has invested in empowering foster youth, juvenile justice youth, and youth who have experienced trauma through tutoring, advocacy, volunteering, and mentorship in communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
LARKIN STREET YOUTH SERVICES
SOJOURNER TRUTH FOSTER FAMILY SERVICE AGENCY
Sojourner Truth Foster Family Services Agency was founded to provide nurturing, therapeutic care for children and families in a supportive and caring environment. Our supportive and comprehensive programs provide family counseling, foster care licensing and placement, case management and assessment, substance abuse treatment, parenting education and referral service, family reunification and other services which help families remain healthy and functioning.
Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Alma Jackson attended Southern Illinois University and San Francisco State University. Mrs. Jackson reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the oversight of all phases of the agency. She founded the non- profit community based foster care placement agency that provides services for individual’s families and children of the greater Bay Area.
Ms. Jackson-Lane is a graduate of Lowell High School, San Francisco State University and New College of California School of Law. She worked in the field of family law for many years. Ms. Jackson-Lane is responsible for all programs at Sojourner Truth. Ms. Jackson- Lane is widely recognized as an advocate for the disadvantaged children, youth and families and frequently testifies before the legislature on issues that affect youth.
Bernadine Luckey, LCSW
Clinical Director and Therapist
Ms. Luckey provides 24-hour response to foster children in crises, asses immediate needs, engages family in seeking help, and identifies intervention strategies most appropriate to child and family needs. Monthly monitoring and supervision of foster home placement via home visits. Maintain client’s records, files, prepare written quarterly reports, and home study administration. She co-leads our therapy groups and supervises social workers.
COMPREHENSIVE CHILD CRISIS SERVICES (CCCS),
Community Behavioral Health Services (CBHS)
Comprehensive Child Crisis Services (CCCS) is a 24-hour, 7-day a week mobile psychiatric emergency service for all children and youth under age 18 in San Francisco, with or without insurance, public or privately insured. CCCS evaluates children and youth who may be at risk of hurting themselves or others, or present with grave disability. In the spring of 2010, CCCS, in collaboration with MHSA partners, launched the Early Psychosis Project to screen, identify, and then conduct comprehensive assessment on the children and youth who may be exhibiting psychotic symptoms. Consultation to the family and appropriate treatment referrals are also provided.
Shirley Chu, LCSW
Ms. Chu has more than 18 years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in community mental health, serving children, youth and their families in San Francisco. She has expertise in conducting treatment groups for children in the Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) spectrum using the integrated play model.
Alexander Chen, MD
Child Psychiatrist, Medical Director & Training Director
Dr. Chen performs clinical diagnostic assessments and treatment in support of the agency’s psychiatric emergency management of the children and youth of San Francisco County. In that role, Dr. Chen also provides psychiatric and psychopharmacologic consultation to the Early Psychosis Project clinicians located at Child Crisis.
Donna Douglass Griffith, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Early Psychosis Project coordinator
Dr. Griffith has been treating children, adolescents and adults in the Bay Area for over twenty-five years. She has extensive experience in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of a wide array of mental health issues affecting our youth of today. She also has a private practice in San Francisco.
Keith Nesbitt, MFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Mr. Nesbitt has extensive experience providing crisis intervention, verbal de-escalation, and 5150 evaluation of children and youth. Currently, he is a clinical supervisor and trainer for new staff and interns.
Joyce Cho, ASW
Clinical Social Worker
Ms. Cho has over twelve years of experience working with children and families in a variety of multi-disciplinary settings including schools, and medical and mental health clinics for children.