AHP is a program of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of California, San Francisco and one of the six divisions of the Department of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital. (However, AHP gets no direct programmatic support from the university.) AHP is also an affiliated program of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute. UCSF is the only medical school ranked in the top five U.S. institutions for both primary care and research, and the UCSF AIDS program is ranked first in the United States.
We have organized our website to reflect the needs of our constituents: community members, clients, providers, researchers, and donors and supporters, as well as staff. The website sections—LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer,) HIV, Provider Training & Education, and Research—are not necessarily the names of the AHP units and programs that actually provide our services. This page offers an overview of AHP through its organizational structure—a catalog of units and programs:
Mental Health Crisis Services staff work with clients presenting with acute psychiatric symptoms. Staff can facilitate psychiatric hospitalizations when clinically indicated. Staff have capacity to do outcalls (at homes, agencies, and hospitals) for HIV-positive clients in the community. Triage Service staff perform initial assessment of service needs of all AHP clients with LGBTQ- or HIV-related concerns, and work with clients on an initial treatment plan to ensure their access to mental health services within and outside of AHP. Psychiatric staff provide psychiatric medication evaluation and monitoring for AHP clients from both the LGBTQ and HIV communities. Psychiatrists also provide consultation to other service providers in the community. For clients with HIV-related dementia or symptoms mimicking dementia, psychiatric nurses provide assessment and care coordination, as well as consultation to a client’s care team. Further, staff provide neuropsychological testing to HIV-positive clients whose condition warrants assessment for cognitive changes.