where every youth belongs, chooses the support they need and thrives

allcove centers are designed with, by and for youth, with the wisdom that we all just need a moment to reset before we can move forward.

They are places for youth to access a range of emotional, physical and social support services—on their own terms.

Our approach is anchored in a model that focuses on meeting the evolving and unique needs of young people and those who support them.
Each center will use this integrated approach with room to reflect the specific needs of local youth and community.

Our vision
Where every youth belongs, chooses the support they need and thrives.

Our mission
Developing an innovative network of integrated youth mental health centers designed with, by and for youth that reduce stigma, embrace mental wellness, increase community connection and provide access to culturally-responsive services.
a co-created space

Everything about allcove—its name, its services, and even the look and feel of its centers—was designed with, by and for youth. We believe that they are the ultimate experts in their own lives, and so we try to co-create every touchpoint of the experience with them.

mental health, reimagined

allcove centers are designed to adapt to whatever a young person’s individual comfort zone might be. Because emotions are fluid and exist on a spectrum, allcove centers offers young people the choice between open and private spaces, in-person or digital orientations, and opportunities for therapy as well as supportive conversations.

frequently asked questions

Hear it from youth participants themselves – answers around confidentiality, cost and more.

1. Who can come to allcove?
allcove centers welcome young peoples ages 12 to 25 with mild to moderate needs looking for support.

2. What can I expect when I go to allcove?
When you enter an allcove center, you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff and given a tablet to check in. You will be able to check in to drop-in services, an appointment you have that day, or just decide to tour the space.

3. What does it cost?
Services at allcove centers are free or low cost. We will always confirm this before the appointment is made. allcove services are not billed to insurance providers.

who’s behind allcove?

youth advisors

Local Youth Advisory Groups ensure that young peoples' needs, experiences and opinions are at the core of the allcove experience. Each Youth Advisory Group is composed of 12–15 young people between the ages of 16–25, who are diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, lived experience, ability, and socioeconomic status. Youth advisors are the community voice that guide and provide feedback on allcove policy, structure and services.

If you’re interested in de-stigmatizing mental health in your community and helping make allcove a better place, learn more about becoming a Youth Advisory Group member.

center staff

Each center's counselors, advisors, staff and doctors treat youth with all the dignity and kindness that young people deserve. They deliver professional advice and care in approachable and relatable ways that make young people feel safe and welcomed, regardless of what their visit is about.

central allcove team

Stanford Medicine faculty members and staff developed the allcove model and provide implementation assistance to centers
Steven Adelsheim
clinical professor and associate chair for community engagement
Dr. Adelsheim's work focuses on early detection and intervention programs for young people. He leads the effort to bring allcove to the U.S. He also leads PEPPNET, the national clinical support network for early psychosis programs. Steven also works in partnership with Two Feathers Native American Family Services and the California Indian Health Service on Native American youth suicide prevention and expansion of access to youth mental health supports. In addition, he continues to work broadly on youth suicide prevention, school mental health, and tele-behavioral health model expansion.
Vicki Harrison
program director
Vicki has over 20 years of experience working within the public health, education and mental health sectors developing and managing innovative, community-based programs at the local, state, national and international levels.
She has been working on building and launching the allcove model in the U.S. since 2014, driving program development, implementation and expansion, managing strategic partnerships, supporting fundraising and community outreach, and growing and managing the central allcove team.
Ana Lilia
youth development manager
Ana's commitment to community voice, agency and youth development has guided her involvement with youth and community for the last 20 years. She is a community and mental health worker specializing in cultural rites of passage programming and life skill development for youth. Ana Lilia has created, developed and implemented empowerment curriculum for under-resourced youth aimed at encouraging youth to acknowledge their own potential using a philosophy grounded in culture, identity development, resiliency and acknowledgment.
clinical instructor and child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist
Dr. Sust grew up in downtown Philadelphia as a middle child in a traditional Chinese household during the 80's, and with his unique journey, fostered a strong academic interest in cultural psychiatry and integrated care, which he continues to pursue in his early career promoting primary care behavioral health integration at schools and primary care clinics within the Bay Area.
program manager
Judith serves as a program manager at the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, and a training manager for Stanford Department of Psychiatry faculty online education programs. Her current areas of focus include managing a national early psychosis network, developing a youth mental health survey, codeveloping a learning community, and creating and implementing a virtual training program. Judith holds a doctorate degree in Educational Psychology from Stanford University.
Jules Villanueva-Castaño
supported education and employment specialist
Prior to this role, Jules worked for the National Center for Youth Law as one of the first education liaisons for the Compassionate Systems Project in Santa Clara County. Before that, he managed FLY (Fresh Lifelines for Youth) Mentor Program. While there, he trained and matched volunteer mentors with youth involved in the juvenile justice system to help the young people in the program identify with a positive support person in their lives to increase pro-social behaviors and decrease recidivism back into the juvenile justice system.
administrative associate
Ivan splits his time by supporting this team in the areas of administration and also serves as the HEARD Alliance coordinator. Prior to joining Stanford’s School of Medicine, he was the artist liaison and studio manager at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall.
implementation manager
Cristiane has had the privilege to work alongside young people in diverse areas of work including bilingual and international education, youth and community services and, prior to joining the Stanford team, with the headspace program in Melbourne, Australia.
Neha Kumar
data and evaluation analyst
Neha leads planning around the Datacove, allcove's centralized data system. She is also involved in developing allcove's evaluation framework. Her background is in medical decision making, building simulation models to evaluate public health strategies.
Song Kim
program manager
Song is a program manager at the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing where she oversees the Center’s Media and Mental Health Initiative and a variety of mental health and suicide prevention projects. Her background is in public policy research, hospital administration, and working in schools and community non-profits.
Sinda Chun
administrative and finance manager
Sinda holds a master's in public health in health management and has over 10 years of experience in finance, project and program management in hospitals, education and nonprofit organizations.
Jon Updike
chief psychiatry resident
Dr. Updike is a chief psychiatry resident in Stanford's General Adult Psychiatry Residency program and has helped provide clinical input into allcove's integrated stepped care model. During his medical and psychiatric training, he has worked to increase youth engagement and access to healthcare across Wyoming and California.
Grace Talice Lee
youth outreach specialist
As the youth outreach specialist, Grace facilitates and manages the Youth Advisory Groups within Santa Clara County. Prior to this team, they served as a social justice workshop facilitator, a high school teacher and student advocate, an advertising art director and a freelance videographer.
Shirley Mak
program manager
Shirley serves as a program manager at the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing. As a proud first-generation college graduate, Shirley is committed to advancing educational equity, advocating for mental health awareness through collective storytelling and open dialogue, and centering the voices of marginalized communities.
Andrea Martínez
brand and communications manager
Andrea is responsible for overseeing the allcove brand and storytelling. She has a master's degree in public health in prevention science at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Her prior experiences include international development, non-profit, event management and youth development. She also served in the Peace Corps.

we couldn’t do this alone

Stanford’s Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, in collaboration with many youth co-creators, partners and supporters, has brought the first allcove centers to life in the United States. Inspired and supported by our partners and friends at headspace in Australia, Foundry and Frayme in Canada, and other international collaborators, we are excited to support youth and families, schools, communities, counties, and others in making this model a reality in California. We are especially grateful for the collaboration and support of these organizations.

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