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Mission and History
The mission of Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc. (IFR) is to promote and enhance the health and well-being of Chicanos/Latinos and multicultural/multiracial youth. That mission is realized through a continuum of mental health, HIV-related and social services including health promotion and prevention, early intervention, case management, clinical mentoring, family support, comprehensive behavioral health services, and cultural/spiritual activities and practices.

IFR was founded in 1978 as the first Chicano/Latino focused mental health center in San Francisco. Over the past 28 years, the agency has evolved into a multi-service community health and social service agency with over 60 bilingual/multicultural and multidisciplinary staff. The agency serves approximately 4,000 clients and their families each year through its multiple programs. IFR serves children, youth, adults and families/caretakers, and has an extensive history of working collaboratively with other agencies to meet the needs of our clients and the Mission District community.
Early Intervention Program
The Early Intervention Program, in accordance with Instituto Familiar de la Raza’s philosophy and vision, delivers mental health services that respond to the unique realities of the Chicano/Latino communities. The Early Intervention team emphasizes promotion, early intervention and building of community resiliency by providing mental health services that are developmentally and culturally informed to care providers of children 0-17. In this effort, we strive to ensure the well-being of children, families, and teachers by enhancing supportive relationships and fostering positive learning environments.

In partnership with Mission Head Start, San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), and family childcare providers we offer the following services:
  1. Mental Health Consultation to teachers and care providers where intervention and strategies are explored to best support the needs of the classroom and child
  2. Consultation to administrators and teachers regarding program needs
  3. Observations of children who have been identified as having social-emotional and/or behavioral difficulties
  4. Consultation to parents who have concerns regarding their child
  5. Case management services to families identified as having need
  6. Direct Services which include individual, family and group therapy

Instituto's early intervention program joined the partnership at Hillcrest in Fall of 2008.

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