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For those within the San Diego County and Los Angeles area, we are lucky to have simple number to remember to access any kind of help for food, clothing, shelter, medical or psychological, legal and disability services. That number is 211.
San Diego Access and Crisis
enter your zip and service needed…I was amazed at the resources that I didn’t know in my area!!!
Here are some general classifications for you which you can navigate once you get into this:
and Click here:
For inquiries regarding public assistance (CalWORKs, Cash Assistance for Immigrants (CAPI), County Medical services, CalFresh, General Relief, etc), please contact the ACCESS Customer Service Center.
The Health and Human Services Agency has more than 300 programs and services, with over 6,000 employees. In order to help you reach someone at the office you are trying to contact, we have included a phone number and/or e-mail address for each service offered by the Agency; this contact information appears at the top of each service page, in the very first paragraph of text.
If you are looking to receive a response from your phone call or e-mail, please be sure to include your name, and a way to contact you (phone number, e-mail address or street address), and we will make every effort to respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible.
To contact the County of San Diego for non-HHSA related information, go here, or call the County General Information Line at (858) 694-3900, 8 am – 5 pm weekdays, Monday through Friday.
I have put together levels of care for teenagers and their families in this quick article:
Homelessness providers in San Diego
I recommend the following NAMI links..(National Association for the Mentally Ill) for resources and ideas and excellent education.
This same link provides some of the resources in San Diego County.
The largest mental health services provider in California is
Mental Health Systems Inc.
The other largest provider is
Mc Calister institute at
I recommend this site as well http://www.dualdiagnosis.org/resource/depression/
Free 12 step CD’s are are available on OA, NA, AA, Alanon, etc. at:
We are also lucky to live in Southern California with the wonderful UCSD and UCLA healthcare systems. There are many resources that are sliding scale and because the UCSD/UCLA cooperates with community clinics, we get the best and the newest medicine has to offer.
For medical health for example, we have the North County Health Services on 629 2nd Street, Encinitas, Ca 92024 at 760-753-7842 www.nchs-health.org for very reasonable fees and excellent health care services. The Vista County Health services are at 760-758-1092 http://www.vistacommunityclinic.org
Phoenix House at 785 Grand Ave Suite 220, Carlsbad on Mon thru Frid 10am to 7pm.Mental Health Systemshttps://www.mhsinc.org/listing/teen-recovery-center-north-inland-2/340 Rancheros Drive suite 166, San MarcosMon to Friday 9am to 6pm. Call 760-744-3672.
$25.00 for 5 panel test marijuana, benodiazapines, cocaine, opiates, etc.
an additional $5.00 offered for an alcohol test.
Walk in only
Here is a link that provides many kinds of treatment and educational help
AllTreatment.com that helps navigate the various questions about treatment centers and laws in each state.
For those with Questions about:
Depression / Manic-Depression / Post-Partum Depression
There is a Self Help Clearinghouse:
International. 600 groups. Founded 1937. Mental health self-help organization that offers weekly peer-led meetings for people suffering from various emotional and mental conditions. Telephone and internet-based meetings available. Principles parallel those found in cognitive-behavioral therapy. Teaches people how to change their thoughts, reactions and behaviors that cause their physical and emotional symptoms.
DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance)
National. 300+ affiliated groups. Founded 1986. Mutual support and information for persons with depression and bipolar disorder and their families. Provides education on the nature of depressive illnesses. Advocacy for research and improved access to care. Scheduled online support group meetings (Mon., Tues. and Wed.), annual conference, guidelines for developing support groups and quarterly newsletter. Face-to-face support group listings on website.
730 N. Franklin St., Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60610
Voice: 1-800-826-3632 or 312-642-0049 (Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-5pm CST)
Postpartum Support International
(BILINGUAL) International. 600+ members; support networks in 48 states and 25 countries. Founded 1987. Goal is to increase the awareness of the emotional changes women often experience during pregnancy and after the birth of a baby. Information on diagnosis and treatment of postpartum depression. Provides education, advocacy and annual conference. Encourages formation of support groups. Helps strengthen existing groups. Phone support, referrals, literature and newsletter.
Postpartum Support International
6706 SW 54th Ave.
Portland, CO 97219
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
Online. Site provides information posted by members to provide support to families of children or teens with bipolar disorder. Offers message boards, support group information, community center and general information.
Conduct Disorders Parent Message Board
Online. 7080 members. Founded 1995. Support for parents of a child with one of the many behavior disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, bipolar disorder, conduct disorder, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Parents of children all ages welcome.
GROW in America
International. 143 groups. Founded in 1957. 12-Step. Group offers mutual help, friendship, community, education and leadership. Focuses on recovery and personal growth. Open to all including those with mental health issues, depression, anxiety, grief, fears, etc.
GROW in America
P.O. Box 3667
Champaign, IL 61826
International. 784 chapters. Founded 1971. Fellowship for people experiencing emotional difficulties. Uses the 12-step program sharing experiences, strengths and hopes in order to improve emotional health. Books and literature available to new and existing groups. Guidelines available to help start a similar group.
P.O. Box 4245
St. Paul, MN 55104-0245
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
National network. Founded 1980. Listing of state-by-state local support groups, brochures, information about anxiety disorders, local listing of healthcare professionals providing treatment for anxiety disorders and a national listing of clinical trials provided free. Promotes the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety and stress-related disorders through advocacy, education, training, and research.
Anxiety and Depression Assoc. Americ
8730 Georgia Ave., Suite 600
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Online PPMD Support Group
Online. A community of women who are affected by postpartum mood disorders.
The above information was “verified” as correct on the date at the end of each entry. Since American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse’s database is extensive but staffing is limited and information for these organizations can change, it is not possible to keep every entry in American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse database completely current and accurate. Please check with the organizations listed for the most current information.
For additional information on self-help groups, please visit the American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse web site at http://www.mentalhelp.net/selfhelp
IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER PLEASE DIAL 911
Access & Crisis line by United Behavioral Health :800-479-3339
YMCA Juvenile Crisis Program Hotline /
Social services branch of the YMCA
Teen Emergency Mental Health Screening .619-421-6900
SD County Domestic Violence Hotline………………………………………………………………888-DVLINKS
National Domestic Violence Hotline…………………………………………………………………800-799-7233
YWCA Battered Women’s Services..619-234-3164
Child Abuse Hotline:858-560-2191
Women’s Resource Center Hotline 760-757-3500
Teen Line: .800-852-8336
A program of Vista Community Clinic, CHATncsd offers English and Spanish language referrals, support, and education to young people in North County San Diego. Referrals are offered via text message and over the phone.
Building Bridges Together
(888) 843-5800 or
A program of Mental Health Systems, Building Bridges Together offers English and Spanish language referrals, support, and education to families and professionals in San Diego.
211 Information Line
Free, confidential information and referral service supported in part by the County of San Diego, United Way, the City of San Diego, other cities, and community partners. http://www.211.org/
Casa de Amparo
325 Buena Creek Road San Marcos, CA 92069 (760) 754-5500 www.casadeamparo.org
Center for Child Protection
3142 Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 967-7082
County of San Diego, Child Welfare Services
Fred Finch Youth Center
1725 South Clementine Street Oceanside CA, 92054
(760) 518-6952 www.fredfinch.org
North County Family Violence Prevention Center
330 Rancheros Drive, Suite 116
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 798-2835 www.familyviolencepreventioncenter.org
North County Lifeline
707 Oceanside Boulevard Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 842-6246 www.nclifeline.org
North County Lifeline
200 Michigan Avenue Vista, CA 92084 (760) 726-4900 www.nclifeline.org
Polinsky Children’s Center
9440 Ruffin Court, Suite 2 San Diego, CA 92123 (858) 514-4600
Advocates for Youth – Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.
Look up to shop around and bargain at checking out the typical insurance rates in your area by:
FairHealthConsumer.org and HealthCareBlueBook.com…sometimes providers will accept that amount or less if a cash payment is presented.
Consider dental and dental-hygienist schools (one is in Loma Linda Hospital at www.llu.edu/llu/dentistry )by checking schools at ada.org/267.aspx.
For those of you taking care of aging parents, I recommend two links for information:
Mental Health Systems Inc. http://www.mhsinc.org/programs has a toll free line is 888-843-5800. The Mental Health Systems Inc. Information and Referral Line also is 619-477-0242. They offer referrals, support and education to families and professionals in the County of San Diego. Contact for MHS is between 8:30am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday. Resources include Counseling, Mentors, Advocacy, School Services, After School Programs, Day Treatment, Crisis Information, Support Groups, Domestic Abuse, Child Abuse, Medical Services, Parenting Classes and Substance Abuse.
At DrugWatch.com, another site to look at, they aim to educate the public about prescription and over-the-counter medications that can cause serious side effects. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, at least half of all Americans take prescription drugs. Unfortunately, many medications intended to help a patient can cause harm or life-threatening side effects such as depression and suicidal thoughts. As an example, in May 2000, BJ Stupak, the son of a congressman, tragically committed suicide after taking Accutane to treat his severe acne, with no prior history of mental illness.
At www.DrugDangers.com you can review dangerous drug interactions and side effects.
Renee Robinson Sievert RN LMFT CAADAC has a website I strongly recommend called www.sievertservices.com.
Renee is the Clinical Education Coordinator for Mental Health Systems Inc., their training director and consultant and is also on the Board of Christy’s House for HiV positive mothers and children and families. Having served with UCSD and the AIDS research programs, Renee is also able to refer to places many may not be aware…such as free treatment and research related treatments.
For those seeking legal help at a fraction of the cost and a general overview regarding divorce, separation, and something new called a “suspended divorce” Michele recommends: MiraCosta College offers a community service as it partners with attorney mediators, divorce attorneys and other professionals. Called Second Saturday thru Women’s Insititue for Financial Education at 1-858-792-0524 or 760-736-1660 www.wife.org or www.secondsaturday.com.
A divorce workshop for men is being offered now as well. Click on miracosta.edu/commsvcs. Click on Community Ed Bulletin (PDF) or got to Personal Enrichment or phone 760-795-6820. no pre-registration required. I met with Robert MacFarlane and as one of California’s first mediation attorney’s he has much to offer and a heart for his work. He created the new “suspended divorce” which was ideally to help families like the kind I usually see who have a loved one with a Mood Disorder or Addiction and it takes a few years for the recovery process to occur. This allows the family to be safe while the loved one has the extra incentive to complete the recovery work necessary to keep the marriage and family intact….He also teaches much about divorce mediation at many of the law schools and has worked with Bill Eddy, who was also the other first mediation attorney who was first a therapist and then became a lawyer so he could initiate this process. They know many divorce mediation attorneys and can explain in the workshops why this is the better way to go!
For anybody wanting to “spiff up their image” or just get a very nice photograph, I am recommending my friend, Pamela Knudsen of ImagesPhotography. She has done my personal and professional photographs and for many of my professional dancing friends. Her work is exquisite and I can’t say enough about her calming demeanor and gentle reassurance. Her number is858-414-2447. Do this as a gift to yourself and your family and friends!!! (Self care, you know)
And my professional pictures are at the beginning home page that she did!!!!
There is a wonderful new service called Peer 2 Peer Lines, which is a family and youth support referral service. Youth talk-line is 1-877-450-5463 and the family Supportline is 1-877-470-5463. This is free, confidential and in both English and Spanish Monday to Friday 2pm to 8pm. After hours calls are returned the next business day. And of course the 24 hour Access and Crisis Line is 1-800-479-3339.
This is a division of Mental Health Systems Inc.
If you are interested in hypnotherapy, please feel free to visit:http://www.americanallianceofhypnotists.org.
( FYI: I do hypnotherapy although not exclusively but as part of an overall treatment plan.)
I was also asked to include the following information for those interested in furthering their education:http://www.
For “urban legends” and verifying some information, I also use this link regularly…called www.snopes.com
Here’s a little info about snopes.com: The snopes.com website was founded by Barbara and David Mikkelson, a husband and wife team who live and work in the Los Angeles area. What they began in 1995 as an expression of their shared interest in researching urban legends has since grown into what is widely regarded by folklorists, journalists, and laypersons alike as one of the World Wide Web’s essential resources. Snopes.com is routinely included in annual “Best of the Web” lists and has been the recipient of two Webby awards.
Q: What are ‘snopes’? A: Snopes is the name of a family of characters who appear throughout the works of American writer William Faulkner.
Mental Health Links
The following links are listed to provide you with additional online mental health care information and counseling resources.
Addiction and Recovery
Associations & Institutes
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Counseling Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Society
Canadian Mental Health Association
Center for Mental Health Services
National Institute of Mental Health
National Mental Health Association
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
SAMHSA’s Children and Families
SAMHSA’s Protection and Advocacy
Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse
The National Domestic Violence Hotline Website
Women, Violence and Trauma
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
DSM-IV-TR: Diagnoses and Criteria
Dissociation and Traumatic Stress
Sidran Foundation Home Page
This link will take you to our letter for health professionals, which provides more in-depth information about food addiction and the FA program.http://www.foodaddicts.org/letter-healthcare-professional
We have numerous pamphlets for interested people, and if you want to have some of them on hand we can easily arrange that.http://www.foodaddicts.org/pamphlets
Here is one more information page you might find helpful:
Food Addicts In Recovery Anonymous’ website is: http://www.foodaddicts.org/
“Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous-FA is a 12-step program of recovery for anyone who suffers from overeating, under eating, bulimia, or obsession with food, weight or body size. There are no dues or fees, and meetings are open to anyone who wants to stop eating addictively.”
A survey taken of FA in 2011 showed 33% of our 4,120 members had 13 months of recovery from food addiction, and 22 % had 3-30 years.
Food Addicts Anonymous
American Dietetic Association
Journals & Magazines
Anxiety, Stress and Coping
Depression and Anxiety
Drug and Alcohol Review
Early Child Development and Care
Journal of Gambling Studies
Journal of Happiness Studies
Journal of Mental Health and Aging
Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Language and Cognitive Processes
Loss, Grief & Care
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
Metaphor and Symbol
Personality and Individual Differences
Psychology of Men & Masculinity
Stress and Health
Studies in Gender and Sexuality
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Trauma, Violence & Abuse
Medications and Health Supplements
Drug Interactions, Alternative, MotherNature
Drug Interactions, DIRECT
Medication, Internet Mental Health
SAMHSA’s Psychiatry and Psychology
Mental Health Care General Links
Internet Mental Health
Let’s Talk Facts, APA
Mental Health Counselor Resources, About.com
Mental Help Net
University of Michigan Health Topics A to Z
Web Sites You Can Trust, Medical Library Association
Note: Not responsible for the content, claims or representations of the listed sites.