Referring to the San Diego Center for Children

Thank you for choosing the San Diego Center for Children. Our team of experts is happy to answer questions regarding treatment and care and discuss the individual needs of your child.

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).

How to Refer

The Center 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.

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.

Refer Now

Request a service for a child.

Complete this form for client referrals.

Fill out this online form for a free, confidential screening.

Programs offered at San Diego Center for Children

With two clinic locations in central San Diego and telehealth options, our highly trained and trauma-informed therapists are available to meet with children ages 4-18 and their parents and caregivers. We take a family-centered approach to treatment and offer many different types of therapy, including individual, family, and group therapy, as well as psychological testing and assessment and Parent/Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). We treat problems such as family conflict, mood instability, problems in school, and behavioral issues.

An after-school program for teens, ages 13-18, who live at home and need more mental health support than weekly therapy. IOP is a good treatment option to transition from a hospitalization, PHP, or a residential program. We provide teens and families with high intensity, positive interventions that promote healthy development and improved daily functioning.

The Partial Hospitalization Program provides an intensive, therapeutic environment for youth ages 13 to 18, Monday through Friday from 9:00-3:30PM. This program can be a “step-down” service following inpatient care but can also be an alternative for youth at risk of inpatient hospitalization as a result of difficulty functioning in school, at home or in the community. Time for independent school work, lunch, and other supportive activities such as recreation, art interventions, and psychiatry services are included.

We provide intensive residential treatment to children and teens, ages 6-18, who are experiencing significant mental, emotional and/or behavioral health challenges. The Residential program is structured for youth whose needs and safety concerns require a 24-hour treatment environment. Located on the Center’s 12-acre campus in beautiful San Diego, the residential treatment program provides a safe and inclusive environment focused on comprehensive and individualized services determined by our knowledgeable team in partnership with family and caregivers.

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 the whole family to provide coaching and therapy multiple times per week.

ECM is a new program available to all Medi-Cal managed care members that provides extra care management services to youth with highly complex needs. A specialized care manager helps the youth and their family access vitally needed medical, behavioral health, dental or other services affecting their overall health and well-being. ECM will also help youth and their families access basic needs in their community, such as housing supports and medically nutritious food.

The Academy is a nonpublic school-accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC)-specializing in helping students who struggle with mental, emotional and/or behavioral health challenges that have significantly impacted school performance.

We offer a number of county-contracted behavioral health services for youth in foster care, including in-home therapy and case management, wraparound services, therapeutic foster care, and outpatient mental health treatment.

Refer Now

Complete this form for client referrals.

Fill out this online form for a free, confidential screening.

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