This new UCSF center in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood will offer a unique and powerful array of mental health services to Bay Area adults, children and families, as well as provide a base for research and training to advance the prevention and treatment of mental illness. The center will also include a convening space in which UCSF can host national and international conferences, and where staff can exchange expertise with community and government partners to advance knowledge, training and clinical care.
Foremost among the innovations of the new facility, made possible by an anonymous $50 million gift, is a Child, Teen and Family Center, which will provide a state-of-the-art setting for superior, child-focused care, informed by the latest research.
In close proximity to both the UCSF neuroscience research community and the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay, the new building – which will also house UCSF’s Department of Psychiatry – will provide highly integrated mental and physical healthcare services for children, adolescents and adults in the Bay Area.
The facility will be a centerpiece of UCSF’s plan to create a national center for excellence in mental health that encompasses clinical care, research and training. It will house both outpatient services and clinical, “dry lab” research space, and will bring together clinicians and researchers from multiple disciplines to address the most important problems in psychiatry, psychology and related fields—prevention and community outreach, the integration of pediatric and adult medicine with psychiatric care, and the development of novel and improved treatments.