Refer a Youth for Services at SDCC
Thank you for referring to San Diego Center for Children. Whether you are a mental health professional, parent or guardian, school district representative, or other important person in a youth’s life, you may fill out this secure contact form to get the referral process started. You can be assured that the information you provide will respect the youth’s privacy and will comply with HIPAA regulations. If you would prefer, you can also make a referral by calling (833) 800-9105 to speak with an intake representative.
We will reach out directly to the parent or guardian of the referred youth to schedule a screening. If you would like to discuss this referral, please contact us at (833) 800-9105. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding treatment and program options, or to discuss the individual needs of the youth you are referring.
When to Refer
The criteria for admission to SDCC’s continuum of services vary by program and level of care. SDCC offers a full continuum of mental health treatment, whether the youth is seeking treatment for the first time or needing a more intensive level of care.
Outpatient Treatment – we offer individual and family therapy, as well as psychological assessments, to children and adolescents at our outpatient clinic, with options for telehealth.
Intensive Outpatient Services – we offer an IOP for adolescents ages 13-18 that meets three times per week after school for three hours. We also are developing a PHP, which will provide 5 days of intensive treatment, Monday through Friday, and is set to begin in January 2023.
In Home Services – we provide intensive services in homes and communities to families needing more support using a wraparound model of care. In this program, there is a team of professionals who work with each family to provide coaching and therapy multiple times per week.
Residential Treatment – this program offers 24 hour/7days a week care for youth who are experiencing mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges. A treatment team provides a range of services including psychiatry, therapy, and schooling.
Even if you are not sure what program the youth may need, you may fill out the screening form and a member of our intake team will reach out to the family to gather more information and determine if the youth is eligible for one of SDCC’s programs. (By Filling out this form, you agree to have an intake representative reach out to the youth or family directly).