Clinical Resources for Families

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General Clinical Resources

Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies

  • This website provides information about behavioral and cognitive therapies, and how to locate therapists.
  • (212) 647-1890

Psychology Today

  • This website provides searchable lists of local mental health professionals, treatment centers, and support groups, as well as articles and more information about mental health conditions and research.

Child Mind Institute

  • This website provides resources for children’s mental health.

Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP)

  • This website provides families, children, and adolescents with information about clinical care based on psychological science.

Mental Health Systems Inc

  • They address behavioral health issues through prevention, early intervention, integrated treatment, diversion, and vocational programs. They serve children, adolescents, adults, homeless people, military families, and adult offenders under federal, state, and county jurisdictions.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

  • They provide resources and treatment options for those with mental health issues and substance use disorders. Their website also lists a variety of hotlines including:

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

Disaster Distress Helpline

Veteran’s Crisis Line

Drug-Free Workplace

Live Another Day: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Recovery Support

  • Live Another Day believes in equal access to life-saving mental health and substance use resources.

Detox Local: Substance Abuse Withdrawal Recovery Support Resources

Near SDSU / North County San Diego

North County Health Services (Multiple Locations)

  • They provide comprehensive and affordable health care at 13 locations in North county.
  • (760) 736-6767

Vista Community Clinic (Multiple Locations)

  • They provide community health services, including maternal care and health and mental health support, at low cost for families, teens, and children.
  • (760) 631-5000

North County Lifeline

  • They provide behavioral health support, youth development services, housing stability, and child abuse prevention and intervention.
  • (760) 726-4900 (Vista); (760) 757-0118 (Oceanside)

SDSU Psychology Clinic

  • They provide evidence-based psychological services. They also provide individual and family therapy for children and adolescents having emotional or behavioral problems, and couples therapy for adults having relationship problems.
  • Fees for therapy range from $15 to $95, on a sliding fee scale
  • (619) 594-5134

North County LGBTQ Resource Center

  • They serve the LGBTQ community, providing a safe space, awareness, visibility, and sustaining equality and inclusiveness.
  • No fees associated with services
  • They provide programs and services including an LGBTQ-friendly mental health professionals directory, support groups, HIV prevention and care, Project Youth, substance abuse recovery programs, and resources for homelessness and immigration.
  • For those who need mental health support, including referrals or are interested in these services, please email
  • (760) 994-1690

San Diego County

First Five San Diego

  • They provide young children with healthy development screenings, dental care, preschool programs, parenting workshops, and more.
  • (888) 534-7785

Child, Youth, and Families System of Care

  • They provide a variety of behavioral health services to children, adolescents, and families living with mental health difficulties.
  • They are also a suicide prevention and intervention hotline.
  • They provide mental health crisis intervention, information, and referral in San Diego County (resources for those with Medi-cal and people without health insurance)
  • Free phone service
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • (888)-724-7240

San Diego Center for Children

  • They provide resources for children and families, including educational prevention, psychological assessments, outpatient Family Wellness Center, school-based therapy, etc.
  • (858) 277-9550

2-1-1 San Diego

  • They provide resources and connect people with community, health, and disaster services. They serve San Diego County.
  • Free phone service
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • 2-1-1

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego

  • They provide support groups, educational meetings, a library, and classes on mental illness.
  • NAMI San Diego Helpline
  • They provide non-crisis phone support and referrals for people with mental illness and their loved ones.
  • Hours of Operation: 10 am-5 pm, M-F
  • (800) 523-5933 or (619) 543-1434

Many additional child mental health resources links from NAMI

San Diego Family Care

  • They provide culturally competent, affordable, accessible medical care, mental health care, and multicultural health promotion
  • They have locations in central San Diego.
  • Linda Vista Health Care Center
  • (858) 279-0925
  • Mid-City Community Clinic (Adults)
  • (619) 563-0250
  • Mid-City Community Clinic (Children)
  • (619) 280-2058

La Maestra Community Health Centers

  • They provide quality health care on a sliding fee scale to low-income and immigrant residents in San Diego.
  • They serve the following communities: City Heights, El Cajon, National City, and Lemon Grove.
  • (619) 280-4213

Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) in San Diego

  • They provide multicultural, multilingual, physical, and mental health services to Asian, Pacific Islander, and other ethnic communities.
  • Mid-City Location
  • (619) 229-2999
  • Serra Mesa Location
  • (858) 268-4933
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • (619) 232-6454

San Diego Psychological Association:

  • They provide a comprehensive list of mental health providers and resources for San Diego.