Behavioral Health & Recovery Services

310 Harbor Blvd., Building E, Belmont, CA 94002

San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) provides a broad spectrum of services for children, youth, families, adults and older adults for the prevention, early intervention and treatment of mental illness and/or substance use conditions. We are committed to supporting treatment of the whole person to achieve wellness and recovery, and promoting the physical and behavioral health of individuals, families and communities we serve.


YAIL (Young Adult Independent Living) provides an array of specialized services to transition-age youth (TAY, or 18-25 year olds) who need support while they develop and work towards living more independently and accomplishing their life goals.  YAIL meets program participants where they’re at, bases its work on each participant’s individualized, strengths-based treatment plan, and ultimately helps each participant achieve the goals of greatest importance to them (e.g., how to keep an apartment, make/maintain friends, and manage mental health issues so it doesn’t interfere with dreams and goals).


1744 University Ave, Berkeley, CA, United States

YEAH! is a community of local citizens, students, working and retired people, and social service professionals addressing the issues of youth homelessness.

YEAH! helps youth set goals and create lives they want. We believe that the co-creation of community with young people is one of the most transformational ways to achieve our goals.

Generation Citizen

156 2nd St, 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA, 94105

Generation Citizen (GC) works to ensure that every student in the United States receives an effective action civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy as active citizens.  We envision a country of young people working as active and effective citizens to collectively rebuild our American democracy. 

GC teaches teenagers how to take effective political action.  Through an innovative in-class curriculum, students work with local leaders to fix local problems.  Through this real-world experience, our teens are building an active democracy.

Our innovative, action-based program will revolutionize civics education in this country. Generation Citizen is building a new generation of youth activists and leaders; a generation inspired and equipped to make change.

Hip Housing

364 South Railroad Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401, United States

HIP Housing’s Mission is to invest in human potential by improving the housing and lives of people in our community. HIP Housing enables people with special needs, either from income or circumstance, to live independent, self-sufficient lives in decent, safe, low-cost homes.

To achieve our mission, HIP Housing provides Home Sharing, Self-Sufficiency, and Property Development.

Haight Street Referral Center

1317 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

The Haight Street Referral Center is a hub for Larkin Street’s outreach activities in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood near Golden Gate National Park, an area where homeless youth still gather, years after the initial influx of youth to this neighborhood in the 1960s. The Haight Street Referral Center is an important resource for at-risk kids who need basic assistance — including food, hygiene supplies, and referrals to Larkin Street’s housing, education and job assistance programs and other community resources. The Haight Street Center is a safe place to hang out with peers, attend groups focused on substance abuse and HIV prevention, and begin to develop relationships with caring adults.

Engagement & Community Center

134 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States

The Engagement & Community Center is more than just a place to hang out. It also offers connection to education and offers recreational activities where they can connect with peers and adults. Through groups, outings and one-on-one conversations, Engagement & Community Center staff support youth with a variety of special needs such as education, family reunification, legal matters, and sexual identity issues. It also serves as a portal to further services. Each new visitor to the Center receives an individual assessment to determine what other services—such as medical care, counseling, or housing—would best suit their immediate and long-term needs.

Diamond Youth Shelter

536 Central Avenue, San Francisco, CA, United States

The Diamond Youth Shelter is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The shelter was rebuilt thanks to the success of an ambitious capital campaign in 2009; it is a state-of-the-art emergency shelter for younger homeless youth and teens. This youth shelter is considered temporary housing for Larkin Street youth not because these kids will be returning to the street, but because staff help them to either reunite with their families or find an appropriate longer-term housing solutions.

Lark-Inn for Youth

869 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

The Lark-Inn is San Francisco’s first and only full-service homeless shelter specifically for youth where young adults can get off the streets and begin to stabilize their lives. Launched in 2000, the Lark-Inn is part of the City of San Francisco’s homeless shelter network and the only shelter designated for transition age youth ages 18 – 24.