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
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.
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
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
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.