In 2010, Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. and San Francisco State University jointly developed the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program, funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63). The Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program initially offered one 12-week training course, now known as the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Entry Course.
High school can be a difficult space to navigate, as students deal with new social circles and greater peer and academic pressures. When a student is also struggling with mental health issues and faced with risk factors such as community-based violence or poverty, navigating high school can seem nearly impossible. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that 60 percent of high school students struggling with serious mental health issues do not graduate, while according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, more than 30 percent of high school students feel debilitated by sadness and hopelessness.
In partnership with San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Department of Public Health and the Department of Children Youth and their Families, RAMS Wellness Centers Program creates a safe space for struggling high school students at on-campus Wellness Centers, which are located at each of SFUSD’s 15 high schools. The Wellness Initiative Counselors provide on-site therapy and work collaboratively with teachers and parents/caregivers. The Wellness Centers provide resources to a vast community of youth from a wide range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, many of who may not otherwise access services. Check out the SF Wellness Initiative for more information about the collaborative effort that established this program.
RAMS SF TRACK (Treatment Recovery Accountability Collaboration Knowledge), a component of the Wellness Initiative, supports youth under the age of 21 who are at either serious risk or are already involved in the juvenile justice system. SF Track is a portable intensive outpatient treatment program with services provided at the home, school or in the community.
RAMS Wellness Initiative serves high school students at 15 SFUSD sites.
The Wellness Centers Program also offers a school-based clinical training program for graduate students studying psychology, counseling, marriage & family therapy, and social work. For more information and to find out about the application procedure, you can download the internship program information by clicking here.