BVHP Foundation Substance Abuse Services
Substance Abuse Treatment/Methadone Dosing and HIV/AIDS Support - Ages 18+
Clinic Hours: Monday-Saturday 6 AM-2 PM
1625 Carroll Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
415-822-8200/ Fax: 415-822-6822
Transportation: T-Train and the Muni 19, 24, 29, 44 and 54
Method of Payment:
- Sliding Scale Fee
Substance Abuse Programs specialize in results-oriented treatment services for individuals 18 and older, who need medical assistance to cease the use of heroin, and for those individuals at risk for HIV infection. Services are available to residents of the Southeast sector of San Francisco, and focus on a predominantly African American population. However, services are available to all cultural and ethnic groups in San Francisco.
Through four (4) specialized program areas, the Substance Abuse Services focus on methadone treatment and counseling services for clients. Program areas include:
- Methadone Maintenance - Outpatient methadone treatment and counseling for heroin abusers and substance abusers at risk for HIV infection.
- Detoxification - Up to six months of tapered methadone treatment for heroin abusers.
- AIDS Opt Out Testing - Community-based interventions for individuals at risk for HIV infection. Services are prioritized for individuals who reside in San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point, Potrero Hill, and Sunnydale communities.
- Jail Courtesy Dosing - Methadone treatment to incarcerated heroin abusers individuals already registered in a narcotic treatment program.
Program staff remains committed to providing accessible, affordable, and effective treatment interventions for adult heroin abusers. Interventions include methadone maintenance, detoxification, individual and group counseling, jail dosing, and HIV/AIDS support. Services are designed to provide treatment and relevant education on substance abuse treatment, prevention, and recovery.
Using evidence-based treatment standards and harm reduction counseling guidelines, the Substance Abuse Services staff provides admission and treatment strategies to assist and support clients toward successful rehabilitation and independent living. If needed, referrals and linkage to other treatment and social services within the Foundation's continuum of care and throughout the community are available.
What to Expect:
- Methadone Intake days are Mon, Wed, and Thurs by appointment.
- Each client entering the Methadone Maintenance or Detoxification Program receives an intake assessment, medical examination, and mental status evaluation.
- A physical exam is then conducted by the Medical Director, Program Physician, or the Nurse Practitioner.
- If the client meets admission criteria per Title 9, an initial dose of methadone is ordered by the physician and administered. Clients are observed for a period of 30 minutes after the initial methadone dose to ensure that there are no adverse reactions to the medication. Following a satisfactory observation period, a regular dosing schedule is set up.
- All clients admitted to the Methadone Maintenance or Detox Programs are assigned a primary counselor.
- The counselor engages the client initially in an orientation to the program and a review of required procedures -- program description, fees, confidentiality, hours of operation, client rights, and responsibilities -- and provides a program packet for reference. On completion of the orientation and procedures review, both the client and counselor sign off on the acknowledgement of explanation and receipt of materials forms. In addition, the client and counselor will work together to develop and complete an initial needs assessment and a continuing plan of care.
“Presently employed with the Bayview Hunters Point Foundation for over 11 years has been an eye opening experience for me. When I begin this field of work not knowing what to expect; I have grown to have a compassionate heart for those in need of our services. . . We are able to provide referrals for housing and [resources] that our clients may need. Overall, the Bayview Hunters Point Foundation Methadone Clinic has saved many lives and I am glad to say I was a part of the process.” – TS, Methadone Counselor
“I started working at Bayview Hunters Point Foundation in July 1977 and have thoroughly enjoyed my 34 years. We are constantly presented with challenges over the years; however with a strong management team & staff we have overcome most challenges. I have been very fortunate working with many wonderful people over the years. Bayview has given me an opportunity to grow and to be a part of providing invaluable services to the Bayview Hunters Point community.” – AN, Director
"I enjoy working at Bayview Hunters Point Foundation because it gives me the opportunity to be a part of helping the community. I work with a wonderful team of dedicated professionals, and together we make a positive difference for the clients we work with." – KP, Methadone Counselor