Young Adult and Family Center

The Young Adult and Family Center provides mental health care to adolescents and young adults ages 12 to 24, and their families. Founded in 2004, the center was one the first academic-based psychiatry programs in the nation dedicated to serving youth. Our goal is to improve the mental health of young people and their families in all communities, with a special emphasis on the most vulnerable. We seek to make mental health care available to every young adult and family in need of services.

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Our Services

The Young Adult and Family Center offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessments as well as ongoing individual, group and family treatments for adolescents, young adults and their families. Current services offered include:

  • Adolescent Assessment Clinic — The Adolescent Assessment Clinic provides adolescents and young adults with comprehensive psychiatric evaluations to determine diagnosis and establish appropriate treatment plans. The staff includes two psychiatrists, a pediatrician, an educational psychologist and family therapists.
  • Bridge Clinic — The demand for clinical services at LPPI often exceeds clinical capacity. The Bridge Clinic in the Young Adult and Family Center is an outpatient clinic established to meet this vital need. The Bridge Clinic is based on successful models of psychiatric urgent care clinics using only evidenced based approaches to quality care. Patients served by the Bridge Clinic are recently discharged from the hospital and in need of outpatient treatment, or are in treatment but require more intensive services. The Bridge Clinic also provides interim care for patients awaiting access to one of the other YAFC programs.
  • The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program — The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Program at the YAFC offers individual and group CBT therapy for adolescents struggling with deep anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias and eating disorders. The CBT group is 8 sessions long and provides a foundation for learning and practicing CBT skills in a supportive group environment. Adolescents entering the group will be evaluated for baseline depressive and anxiety symptoms, as well as periodically during and at the end of their treatment to assess progress.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents — Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A) is a clinical program within the Young Adult and Family Center targeted at high risk, multi-problem adolescents and young adults. The DBT program specializes in identifying and treating depression and risky behavior in adolescents, including self-injury, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts, substance use, binging and purging, risky sexual behavior, physical fighting, and other forms of risk-taking.
  • Eating Disorder Program — This comprehensive, evidence-based program provides outstanding care for individuals with eating disorders and their families. Our program is a collaboration with the Division of Adolescent Medicine within Pediatrics, allowing us to address the full spectrum of eating disorders and their physiological and psychological consequences.
  • Intensive Family Therapy Program — The Intensive Family Therapy (IFT) Program is designed to serve children, adolescents, young adults and their families, who are experiencing challenges that may interfere with school or work performance, life at home, health and safety, or community functioning. The goal of the program is to help families feel more connected and cohesive and better able to balance multiple and overwhelming stressors.
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Getting Here

Young Adult and Family Center
401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 476-7500
Fax: (415) 502-6361

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • Photo ID for patients age 18 and older. Patients 17 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult who can provide ID and insurance information
  • List of prescription medications and dosages
  • List of any medications to which the patient is allergic
  • List of questions the patient or family may have
  • Results of recents tests or evaluations related to the patient's condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes

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Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation


UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus

For more information about Muni visit,

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

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Our Team

Sarah Crouch
Sarah Crouch, PsyD
Kim Norman
Kim Norman, MD
Wen Ong
Wen Ong, MFT
Marriage and family therapist