The need for behavioral health improvement in our children is great, but also ranges greatly based on level of need. The San Diego Center for Children is committed to a Continuum of Behavioral Healthcare for children and families to access better health, improved relationships and greater quality of life.

The Center is one of the handful of children’s behavioral healthcare organizations in California to have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation. This prestigious recognition demonstrates our commitment to the national healthcare standards of The Joint Commission for the safety, quality of care and superior level of treatment we provide our community’s children and families.

Whether a child is referred by a parent or caregiver, the child’s school or through foster care, many of the behaviors presented at home and in school are generally consistent. And in many cases, these are significant indicators that the child needs attention and help.

These signs include:

  • Difficulty getting along with peers and/or family members
  • Decline in school performance, struggling with school work
  • Disruptive behaviors – at home, school or other
  • Experienced grief of loss
  • Major life changes
  • Ongoing feelings of sadness and/or moodiness
  • Poor attention span, lack of focus
  • Poor self-esteem, body image concerns
  • Self harm or suicidal thoughts
  • Substance use or abuse
  • Victim or witness of trauma or violence

Learn more about the programs we offer within our Continuum and how to get the help you – or someone you care for – needs.


Prevention Assessment Transition Outpatient Therapy School-Based Therapies Education Wraparound Foster Care Residential