Citywide Focus

Serves 400 of the highest consumers of San Francisco Community Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) acute services with four culturally-focused Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model teams.


Community Focus was started in 1997 through the Department of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital. It is a Single Point of Responsibility (SPR) program utilizing an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model. The multidisciplinary staff provide comprehensive, and continuous services to 200 severely mentally ill adults. Community Focus' goal is to assist clients in establishing stability and improved quality of life while living in the community.

The Department of Psychiatry has received recognition for its innovative services in providing psychiatric care for various ethnic and cultural groups. Similar to the department's inpatient model at SFGH, Community Focus consists of three teams, each providing services based on the ethnic and cultural needs of the populations served. Our aim is to match clients with the team that is best able to address their specific ethnic and cultural needs. Program eligibility and the referral process can be found here. The three teams, that comprise Community Focus are:

Hong Ling Team (Chinese and Vietnamese)

Program Director: Tyrone Yip, LCSW

Cross Currents Team (LGBTQ and women)

Program Director: Bonnie Schwartz, LCSW

Kujichagulia Team (African-American and European-American)

Program Director: Denise Corbin, LCSW

Senderos Team (Latino and Korean)

Program Director: Phillip Cha, MFT


Program Components

Citywide Focus operates groups and activities on-site six days a week, click here for hours. Program components include:
  • Client advocacy, assistance in obtaining and maintaining benefits, housing, medical care, and other necessities
  • Assessment and treatment of substance abuse
  • Fridays' Food Bank distributions (limited to Citywide and Community Focus clients)
  • Pre-vocational assessment and job training. Clients run a cafe, clothing project, janitorial services and more
  • After Hours and Weekend On-Call support for clients
  • Daily support and living skills groups, including Dual Diagnosis, Anger Management, Grooming and Personal Hygiene, Spirituality, Coping with Voices, Women’s and Men’s Groups
  • Ongoing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for select individuals
  • Coaching on activities of daily living and other skills training
  • Intern Training Program for undergraduate and graduate students of psychology, social work, occupational therapy; medical students and psychiatry residents.