Programs & Services
Programs & Services
Since 1960, Conard House has led the way in delivering the community support and an array of resources that make it possible for adults living in San Francisco to self-manage mental illness. Our services include: Community-Supported Self-Management, Jackson Street Community, Supportive Housing and Employment, Money Management and Advocacy.
Research and experience have proven time and again that outcomes for patients with chronic medical conditions—such as diabetes and heart disease—improve dramatically when they are treated as "experts" in their own care and take an active role in "self managing" their condition.
Today, a handful of innovative organizations are taking these same concepts to the world of mental health, delivering the training, tools and support that enable clients to manage their illnesses. Conard House is recognized as one of the nation's leaders in an approach that we describe as Community-Supported Self-Management.
Through personal treatment plans and reliable access to practical and professional services, Conard House helps its clients to navigate often confusing public systems of care, as well as to work and care for themselves. Conard House offers encouragement and hope—and the ability to live a life defined less by illness than by aspiration.
- Supportive Housing
- Eight residential properties with extended counseling, community involvement and service coordination. Adult residents live in one of these well-maintained residential hotels in the Tenderloin and South of Market. In addition, groups of four to six adults share leased apartments throughout the City.
- Supportive Employment (full time, part time)
- Vocational assessment and counseling, job placement and job retention services to Supportive Housing residents. Conard House employs its residents as desk clerks, janitorial staff and messengers.
- Money Management/Rep Payee
- Four Community Services Centers in the Tenderloin and South of Market offer money management for Conard residents as well as non-residents. Case Managers disburse client funds as budgeted for rent, food, clothing and personal needs.
A Client's Perspective
"And I wasn't like this two years ago. I wasn't this manageable two years ago because I was homeless, and now I've been off the streets 2 years, and I decided…instead of doing 12 steps, I took on the role of harm-reduction… Taking on harm-reduction into my life today is looking at the big picture and being able, not only looking at the substance abuse part of my life, looking at the big future of the quality of my life today…where I'm at today. My income has improved… I've improved my primary care, my mental health… I'm looking to broaden my education and on a daily basis, I'm out there in the community, practicing it within my substance use. I'm celebrating two years and 60 days clean… In managing my life today, and around accessing services… I'm known in the neighborhood as…a walking resource guide."