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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.


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


Open: 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday
9 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.


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 and teens ages 5 to 17 in the Mid-City community and surrounding areas. We accept Medi-Cal and private insurance. We are also able to provide services to the uninsured and undocumented.

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


Our staff includes a psychiatrist, a psychologist, 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. We have translation services in over 150 languages and dialects.


  • Walk-in clinic, available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday for assessment to address risks and referral, and linkage to community resources. Short term follow-up visits during the day following initial assessment and case management
  • Urgent psychiatric/medication evaluations (by appointment only)
  • Medication support (1-2 visits) for refills on current medications/emergent refill if unable to see current provider – cannot modify current medication regimen

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