Instituto Familiar de la Raza

Instituto Familiar de la Raza is a community-based, culturally competent organization in San Francisco, offering mental health treatment and other services, with a focus on serving the needs of the under-served Latino community of San Francisco and promoting healthy cultural identity. Instituto Familiar de la Raza was the first integrated community-based mental health clinic in San Francisco, and the organization continues to provide a wide range of services that improve the health and well-being of Chicanos/Latinos and multicultural/multiracial youth in San Francisco and the surrounding areas, removing the challenges associated with having to overcome language barriers or misunderstandings about the Raza culture in the United States.

Treatment at Instituto Familiar de la Raza

There are seven unique programs available at Instituto Familiar de la Raza, each of which utilizes “integrated health concepts across traditional, conventional, and contemporary modalities,” in order to adequately address the needs of the Chicano/Latino community of San Francisco. These programs are rooted in a strengths-based approach to treatment, and include the following:

• Casa Corazón – Parent, child and family programs and activities that are open to the public

• Early Intervention and School-Based Program – Providing mental health consultation services to care providers of children 0-14

• Indigena Health and Wellness Collaborative – A partnership between IFR and Asociacion Mayab that works to improve the health and well-being of Indigena families

• La Clinica – A comprehensive outpatient mental health clinic addressing the social, emotional and spiritual needs of Chicano/Latino clients

• La Cultura Cura Youth Program – Offering a range of services and cultural arts activities for youth, as a positive alternative to violence and incarceration

• Si a la Vida – Provides a range of culturally-based services for Latinos at risk for, or living with, HIV/AIDS

Instituto Familiar de la Raza Reviews

Instituto Familiar de la Raza was founded in 1978, by a group of Chicanos and Latinos who sought to build “responsive self-determined community institutions” in the San Francisco area, where under-served Latino residents could receive effective treatment for themselves and their families. Today, Instituto Familiar de la Raza serves the myriad treatment needs of more than 3,500 children, youth, adults and families every year, and the organization earned a rating of 4.7 out of five stars from reviewers on Google. One reviewer, in a Google testimonial, calls Instituto Familiar de la Raza “A great place for mental health care. HIV prevention. Transgender care. A center with all bilingual providers.” Another, Walter F., says, “The IFR has an excellent program for children as well as other services. The [personnel] is excellent and they have first class professional staff always available to provide help and services to the community. It is great.”

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