The University of California, San Francisco has announced a $50 million gift from an anonymous donor in support of mental health services for adults, children, and families as part of the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay campus.
The gift comprises a parcel of land and funds for construction of a Child, Teen, and Family Center, which will provide highly integrated mental and physical healthcare services and support research and training to advance the treatment and prevention of mental illness. Scheduled to open in 2019, the center will include outpatient services, clinical research labs, and convening space. To be located near the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at Mission Bay, the facility also will house UCSF's Department of Psychiatry, bringing together clinicians and researchers from multiple disciplines to address prevention and community outreach, the integration of pediatric and adult medicine with psychiatric care, and the development of novel and improved treatments.
To integrate programs focused on the prevention and treatment of mental illness in children, adolescents and young adults, the center will bring together UCSF’s Young Adult and Family Center, the Center for Health and Community, the STAR Center for Autism Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, the Child Trauma Research Program, the Eating Disorders Program, the Early Psychosis Clinic, and the Hyperactivity, Attention and Learning Problems clinic, among others.
"There have been artificial separations between medicine, pediatrics, neurology, and psychiatry for far too long. In addition to leading to poorer outcomes and higher costs, these separations have helped foster the stigma surrounding mental illness," said Matthew W. State, the Oberndorf Family Distinguished Professor and chair of psychiatry at UCSF. "With this landmark gift, we are going to break down these barriers, improve the care of our patients and their families, and help erase that stigma."