San Francisco Local Mental Health Resources

San Francisco Health Plan

Local Mental Health Resources. The San Francisco Health Plan administers a number of health programs designed to provide residents of the city and county of San Francisco with some level of access to physical and mental healthcare. If you are interested in learning more about the eligibility requirements for the San Francisco Health Plan (SFHP) programs you can call SFHP Customer Service or visit the SFHP website.

Phone at 1(415) 777-9992 or 1(888) 558-5858
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

Open Path is a nonprofit organization that connects people (with a demonstrated financial need) to therapists who are able to provide affordable in-office and online psychotherapy sessions. To see a provider who participates in the Open Path Psychotherapy Collective, individuals are asked purchase a life-time membership that only costs $59. Approach Therapy psychotherapists participate in the Open Path Psychotherapy Collective. Unless listed as accepting new clients on the Open Path website, our Open Path spots are currently full. To check out other therapists available via Open Path and learn more about the nonprofit, visit their website at

Open Counseling is a website that advertises low-cost counseling and searches can be tailored based on one’s location such as in San Francisco. You can link to find providers via the following page: . 

Crisis and Emergency Mental Health Resources

Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse Resource Center (CASARC)
Comprehensive Child Crisis
Drug Information Service
Mobile Crisis Team
Psychiatric Emergency Services

S.F. Suicide Prevention

Additional Mental Health Organizations

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses.

(24-hr crisis line for those who are suicidal, grieving, or in distress) 

International AIDS/HIV/HCV nightline 
San Francisco Drug/Alcohol Treatment Referrals and Information
T.A.L.K. Line (Telephone Aid in Living with Kids)
(24-hour parent support line)

Westside Community Crisis

415-355-0311 ext. 5

APA Help Center (public information)
California Psychological Association, Find a Psychologist

California Department of Mental Health 

Psychological License Verification
California Psychology Network 
Psychological Associations

The American Psychological Association
The California Psychological Association


Resources for Consumers of Mental Health Services

As a consumer of mental health services, you have a number of rights and protections. There are many different types of licensed mental health professionals. In California, they are regulated by various agencies.


Board of Behavioral Sciences
(916) 574-7830


The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)  oversees the licensure of the following mental health professionals:


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists & Associate Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Associate Clinical Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Associate Professional Clinical Counselors


The Board of Psychology
(916) 574-7720


The Board of Psychology in California oversees

  • Licensed Psychologists, Psychological Assistants, and Registered Psychologists.

To verify the license of a mental health provider in the state of California, visit the website of the licensing board.

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Resources to Find a Therapist

Do you need help finding a therapist? Despite being able to Google terms like ” I need a therapist” and using a health insurances provider’s directory, many people have difficulty finding a therapist. The search can be painful, especially when you aren’t sure what you are actually looking for. Check out our articles and links below tips and tricks on how to find a therapist and what to look for in a therapist once you find someone you think you may want to work with.
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