UCSF Community Health Systems Partners with Larkin Street Youth Services

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded $1.4 million dollars to the School of Nursing’s Community Health Systems (CHS) to develop and implement substance abuse and mental health treatment in partnership with Larkin Street Youth Services. An interdisciplinary team led by UC San Francisco (UCSF), School of Nursing, Department of Community Health Systems (CHS), Assistant Professor Adam Carrico, PhD, and fellow CHS faculty, including: Carol Dawson-Rose, RN, PhD, FAAN; Aaron Miller, RN, MS, NP; and Annesa Flentje, PhD, will implement psychiatric services with at-risk, homeless youth at Larkin Street Youth Services. The capacity building initiative will be realized by this dynamic, community-university partnership between Larkin Street Youth Services and UCSF School of Nursing.

“We’re thrilled that we’ll be able to advance resources available to local, underserved youth for substance abuse and mental health treatment,” Carrico said.

School of Nursing, Department of Community Health Systems (CHS), Assistant Professor Adam Carrico, PhD

Larkin Street Youth Services is the leading provider of housing and support services to over 3,450 homeless and marginally housed youth (ages 13 – 24) in San Francisco each year. Three-fourths of homeless youth at Larkin Street are ethnic minority, and one-third are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. The UCSF School of Nursing’s interdisciplinary team has both expertise in mental health and substance abuse treatment and demonstrated track records of conducting community-based prevention and program evaluation. Building this community-based clinic at Larkin Street Youth Services will: expand capacity for delivering evidence-based approaches to substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention, engage UCSF psychiatric nurse practitioner students as well as Larkin Street Youth Services staff in ongoing training efforts, and establish performance evaluation documenting the impact of this effort.

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