DCCS (formally known as the UCSF Center on Deafness) has served the community for over 45 years. In July 2012, the program transitioned to its new home at Felton Institute (formerly known as the Family Service Agency of San Francisco).

In partnership with the City and County of San Francisco, the Department of Public Health (DPH) and Community Behavioral Health Services (CBHS), DCCS is dedicated to serving Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing clients in San Francisco and Alameda Counties with culturally sensitive providers and all needed communication assistance, including staff fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).

DCCS is committed to continuing the mission of providing quality and innovative mental health services for individuals and children who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Late Deafened, Deaf-Blind and their families and partners.

Our services include mental health and substance abuse assessment and therapy, psychiatric and medication services, drop-in case management to help Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing persons to access services, and school partnerships to foster academic and social success for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students.
DCCS staff work with children (ages 5 to 18, or younger, by referral), adults and seniors who are addressing depression, anxiety, mood or thought disorders, adjustment reactions, stress, relationship issues, family problems and other mental health issues.

The Clinical Team

Professional mental health services are available for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard-of-Hearing and Late Deafened from DCCS which now offers two locations in the Bay Area: San Francisco and Alameda.

Our licensed therapists (MFTs, LCSWs and LPCCs) and registered interns are trained and seasonally experienced in mental health services for the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Late Deafened, Deaf-Blind as well as their families and partners.

Most of our DCCS staff have personal experience being Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. All of our staff is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Certified ASL Interpreters are also available for services as needed.

Insurance

DCCS accepts the following insurance:

  • Medical
  • Medicare
  • ERMHS (formally known as AB3632)
  • Certain private insurance with prior authorization (please contact DCCS for more info.)
  • With a commitment to serving as many Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing men, women and children, we look forward to expanding our services to more Bay Area counties at the request of their County Behavioral Health Services (CBHS).
  • We recognize that the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community is as diverse as the greater community-at-large. To this end, we welcome people from all backgrounds, races, cultures, genders and sexual orientation.

The Services

  • Psychiatry and Psychotropic Medication Management and Education
  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Therapy for Children and Adolescents
  • Domestic Violence-related Issues
  • Substance Abuse Education
  • Educationally-related Mental Health Services (ERMHS)
  • Mental Health Workshops
  • Consultation, Collaboration and Advocacy