for people ages 6-17 (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
at San Francisco, California
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Marina Tolou-Shams, Ph.D
Headshot of Marina Tolou-Shams
Marina Tolou-Shams



This study will focus on developing and testing a family-based mental health navigator intervention, the Family Mental Health Navigator (FMHN), to evaluate whether the intervention combined with mHealth is preliminary efficacious in improving mental health service initiation and engagement for publicly-insured youth.

Official Title

Family Mental Health Family Navigator


The study will demonstrate how a family-based navigator intervention combined with mHealth may lead to improved mental health treatment initiation and engagement among publicly-insured youth. Publicly-insured youth have high rates of mental health symptoms relative to youth in the community, and are disproportionately racial and ethnic minorities, only perpetuating disparities in this population's mental health access and engagement. The proposed project will develop and test a family-based navigator intervention, the Family Mental Health Navigator (FMHN), a natural fit for improving publicly-insured youth's mental health service and clinical outcomes. The study will start with identifying the feasibility and acceptability of the FMHN intervention. Then, the study will determine whether the FMHN intervention improves publicly-insured youth mental health treatment initiation and engagement. Finally, the study will characterize patterns of pre- and post-service outcomes along the behavioral health services cascade of care, to further evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary impact of the FMHN model.


Mental Health, Adolescent, Publicly-insured Youth, Navigator Service, Access, Children, Family-based mental health navigation


You can join if…

Open to people ages 6-17

  • English-speaking and/or Spanish-speaking youth
  • Ages 6-17
  • Are currently receiving services at the San Francisco General Hospital
  • Are publicly insured
  • Have an involved caregiver/legal guardian for consent
  • Family has mobile phone access

You CAN'T join if...

  • Youth is not English-speaking nor Spanish-speaking
  • Caregiver has impairment that would preclude providing informed consent
  • Unavailable guardian for consent


  • UCSF Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital accepting new patients
    San Francisco California 94131 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Marina Tolou-Shams, Ph.D
    Dr. Tolou-Shams is the Kilroy Realty Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair of Community Engagement, Outreach and Advocacy in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (DPBS) at UCSF. She is also Deputy Vice Chair for Research in the DPBS at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG).


accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
University of California, San Francisco
Study Type
Expecting 150 study participants
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