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Behavioral Health Services

Behavioral Health Urgent Care

Mission: To support the emotional safety and well-being of children in the Mid-City region by providing prompt access to assessment, crisis intervention and linkage to resources in collaboration with community partners.

Address:

4305 University Avenue, Suite 150 (Map it)
San Diego, CA 92105
Phone: 858-966-5484
Fax: 619-795-1228

Hours:

Open: 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday
Appointments:
 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday
Walk-in clinic: 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday

If your child is in crisis after hours, on the weekend or during a holiday, please go to your nearest emergency room, call 911 (ask for Psychiatric Emergency Response Team) or contact the Access and Crisis Line at 888-724-7240.

Overview

The Behavioral Health Urgent Care serves children, teens and their families struggling with urgent emotional and/or behavioral concerns that pose a risk to their safety, or the safety of others, or significantly impair their daily lives.

This program has been made possible by a generous grant from Price Philanthropies.

We serve children, teens and young adults ages 5 to 21. All health care funding-types accepted, including uninsured for initial crisis assessment. We are able to provide services to the uninsured and undocumented. For ongoing short-term services, Medi-Cal and most private insurance plans are accepted. 

We see youth experiencing the following concerns:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Psychotic thinking
  • Physical aggression or risk of harm to others
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Acute stress reaction
  • Co-occurring problems with substance use/abuse

Staff

Our staff includes a psychiatrist*, clinical social workers, and a case manager. Clinical staff are available during daytime hours to consult with parents and community providers to determine if a youth meets the criteria for our program. 

* Psychiaty available by appointment only

Services

Our services include:

  • Walk-in clinic from 4-8 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • Psychiatrist/medication service NOT available during walk-in hours
  • Prompt risk and diagnostic assessment are completed to determine the appropriate level of care
  • If a youth’s risk is imminent, staff will facilitate transport to an emergency department or psychiatric hospital
  • Follow-up visits are available during the day by appointment for crisis intervention, case management and referral and linkage to community resources
  • Psychiatric/medication evaluations are available after walk-in assessment if appropriate
  • We have translation services in over 150 languages and dialects

If a youth’s risk is imminent, staff will facilitate transport to an emergency department or psychiatric hospital.