allcove is reimagining mental health for young people.

The first of its kind in the United States, allcove is a network of standalone, integrated youth mental health centers that welcome young people to take a pause from their daily lives and access a range of professional support services and care. Designed with, by, and for youth, allcove centers serve the needs of 12-to-25 year olds experiencing mental, physical and emotional challenges, as well as those of their family and community. Centers are embedded within the communities they serve, and reflect the unique needs of local youth.



everything about allcove was designed with, by, and for young people.

From the look and feel of an allcove center, to the options young people have to engage in center activities, to the name of the centers themselves, young people are our co-creators and our champions. We’ve used a participatory process to co-create every aspect of the allcove experience with young people, and we’re excited to elevate and promote youth voices in every allcove experience.


“I want to speak to someone
who knows my language; where there’s no set way of talking.” 

“I stopped going to therapy because it just felt like they kept jumping straight to solutions.”

“I need somewhere to think.”



allcove centers are a place for young people to take a moment away from the outside world.

Anchored in a model of care that considers the holistic needs of young people, allcove centers are places for youth to pause, get grounded, and access a range of services. Every allcove center has on-site mental health counseling paired with a host of additional services such as physical health care, substance use counseling, and linkages to education and employment guidance. Young people can visit an allcove center to get direct referrals and linkages to a range of services including early psychosis, housing, and other intensive treatment options.



allcove centers are designed to create meaningful, positive experiences for every person who walks in the door.




meet our youth advisors


The Youth Advisory Group’s (YAG) goal to ensure that youth voice and experience is central to the development of the allcove centers aimed at providing mental health support to youth ages 12-25 years old. Santa Clara County headspace is a four-year project presented in partnership with Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services and Stanford University’s Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The YAG is comprised of 24 young people between the ages of 16-25, who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, lived experience, ability, and socioeconomic status. YAG members provide a better understanding of young peoples’ needs and opinions in order to ensure that we have a meaningful youth aimed at providing services geared at youth and to reduce stigma in mental health More


meet our staff


Steven Adelsheim

Steven Adelsheim, MD, is a Clinical Professor & Associate Chair for Community Engagement at Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences More


Ana Lilia Soto

Ana Lilia Soto, MA is the Youth Outreach Specialist at the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing within Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and More


Vicki Harrison

Vicki Harrison, MSW is Program Director of the Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing within Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral More


Lauren Lockhart

Lauren Lockhart, MSW. Lauren Lockhart is our new Program Coordinator who recently relocated to California from Southfield, Michigan - a suburb about ten More


Judith Dauberman

Judith Dauberman, PhD. Prior to joining the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, Judith developed experiential education programs and facilitated More


Ivan Rodriguez

Ivan was born in Puerto Rico, raised in New York and now resides in San Jose. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from Buffalo State College and Master More



interested in getting involved, or want an allcove center near you?

Our team is inspired to support community leaders, mental health practitioners, educators and others who are interested in this work, or would like to open a center near them. We invite you to reach out to learn more about how to bring allcove to your community. Our allcove team is guided by youth advisory groups, and dedicated health professionals in each location. Contact us at (650) 725-3772 or stanfordyouthmh@stanford.edu.





we’re grateful to all our many friends and partners for their collaboration.

Stanford Psychiatry’s Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, in collaboration with many youth co-creators, partners and supporters, has led the journey to bring allcove to life in the first centers 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, the Stanford team is excited to support youth and families, schools, communities, counties, and other partners to bring allcove centers to life in California, and beyond. Thanks to the visionary leadership of Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and Behavioral Health Director Toni Tullys, the flagship allcove center is expected to open in San Jose by the end of 2019, with additional centers planned in northern Santa Clara County and San Mateo County. 

The Center is grateful for the collaboration and support of these organizations: