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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

http://211sandiego.org/guided-search

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:

http://www.sandiego.networkofcare.org/mh/

and Click here for human and health services:

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.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4889
Website: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org(link is external)

24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call is routed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of more than 150 crisis centers.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

1-800-662-HELP (4357)
TTY: 1-800-487-4889

Website: www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

Also known as, the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.

Disaster Distress Helpline

1-800-985-5990
Website: www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline

Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after any natural or human-caused disaster. Call this toll-free number to be connected to the nearest crisis center for information, support, and counseling.

Veteran’s Crisis Line

1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4889

Website: www.veteranscrisisline.net(link is external)

Connects veterans in crisis (and their families and friends) with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

Drug-Free Workplace

1-800-WORKPLACE (967-5752)
Website: www.samhsa.gov/workplace/resources/drug-free-helpline

Assists employers and union representatives with policy development, drug testing, employee assistance, employee education, supervisor training, and program implementation.

In San Diego, we have formed a group to access these resources related to addiction and families called Society of Addiction Professionals.  Check out www.sdsoap.com

San Diego has been designated as one of the 15 communities receiving designated for the Facing Addiction Pilot Community Project. CHECK IT OUT….

(https://www.facingaddiction.org/news/2017/03/30/15-communities-named-facing-addiction-pilot-project)

In Carlsbad, CA we have the following links to deal with addiction

http://www.recovery.org/browse/carlsbad-ca/

and http://www.projectknow.com/find/rehab/carlsbad-ca/

 

If you have a teen in crisis please check out: project oz

YMCA: Oz San Diego

 

Homelessness providers in San Diego

https://www.sandiego.gov/homeless-services/providers

 

NAMI ….NATIONAL ASSOCIATION MENTAL ILLNESS

www.namisandiego.org

for resources and ideas and excellent education.
This same link provides some of the resources in San Diego County.

 

Mental Health Systems Inc.

https://www.mhsinc.org

The largest mental health services provider in California

 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.

The other largest provider is

Mc Calister institute  

mcalisterinc.org

http://www.mcalisterinc.org/programs

PROGRAMS

McAlister Institute offers 25 programs that represent a complete continuum of care for the prevention and treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction. From pregnant women and troubled teens to ex-offenders, homeless men, monolingual Spanish speakers, and co-occurring individuals, each program is built on 40 years of experience in alcohol and other drug services and has been tailored to meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities that have been affected by substance abuse. To learn more about our programs or services across San Diego County and Napa County, or call (619) 442-0277.

Adult Outpatient Treatment Programs
Adult Residential Treatment Programs
Adult Residential Detox Programs
Teen Outpatient Treatment Programs
Adolescent Residential Treatment
Supportive Housing

Community Research Center

CRF was founded during a time when the State was discharging large numbers of adults from its state hospitals back to their home communities.  The state legislature passed the Residential Treatment System Act in 1979, which encouraged development of community-based programs. CRF’s first program, Turning Point Crisis Center, opened in 1980 as an alternative to traditional, medical-model psychiatric hospitalization. The program design was a collaborative effort of a small group of professionals and a number of clients with years of experience with psychiatric hospitalization. The outcome of their efforts was crisis residential program model designed to provide acute care in a more normalized, homelike setting than a hospital. CRF now operates a system of six internationally recognized crisis residential programs, known as START programs (Short-Term Acute Residential Treatment).

CRF began providing outpatient mental health care for children and adults in the 1980s and hasn’t stopped growing since, adding programs such as the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) in collaboration with NAMI San Diego, vocational clubhouses, ACT teams, transitional residential, school-based counseling, an urgent care walk-in center, as well as mental health and substance abuse treatment for CalWORKs recipients.

START Program Referrals

To make a referral to a START program, please call any of the below listed programs and ask to speak to the Admission Coordinator.  They will help you find a current open bed or the next available bed in the system. The START programs are regionally located throughout San Diego.

Click here to access the START Fact Sheet

North Region

 Turning Point Crisis Center (License 372008470), Oceanside

760-439-2800

Esperanza Crisis Center (License 374603729), Escondido

(760) 975-9939

Ability to accommodate clients with limited mobility

Designated Bilingual/Bicultural Program

East Region

 Halcyon Center (License 370802614), El Cajon

619-579-8685

Ability to accommodate clients with limited mobility

Central Region

 Vista Balboa Crisis Center (License 374600298), Bankers Hill/Balboa Park

619-233-4399

Ability to accommodate clients with limited mobility

New Vistas Crisis Center (License 370808449), Downtown San Diego

619-239-4663

Jary Barreto Crisis Center (License 370808536), Logan Heights

619-232-4357

South Region

 Del Sur Crisis Center (License 370808447), South San Diego

619-575-4687

Designated Bilingual/Bicultural Program

HEALTHCARE

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 

 

MEN’S RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

(NORTH)

Alpha Project Casa Rafael

(760) 630-9922

 

Fellowship Center

(760) 745-8478

 

ADULT RESIDENTIAL SERVICES (EAST)

Freedom Ranch (Men)

(619) 478-5696

 

CRASH – Golden Hill House I

(Men/Women)

(619) 234-3346

 

ADULT RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

(SOUTH)

 VOA – Volunteers of America

Amigos Sobrios (Latino)

(619) 232-7754

CRASH – Golden Hill House II

(Men/Women)

(619) 239-9691

 

Heartland House (Men)

(619) 287-5460

 

House of Metamorphosis (Men/Women)

(619) 236-9217 Intake

(619) 236-9492

 

Pathfinders (Men)

(619) 239-7370

 

CRASH – Short Term, City Heights (Men)

(619) 282-7274

 

Stepping Stone (Gay/Lesbian emphasis)

San Diego, CA 92105

(619) 584-4010

 

Tradition One (Men/Women)

(619) 264-0141

 

Veteran’s Village of San Diego

(Men/Women)

(619) 497-0142

 

 San Diego Access & Crisis Line

800-479-3339

619-641-6992 (for hearing impaired)

• Information and referrals for women

experiencing domestic violence, mental

health crisis, and suicide prevention.

• Spanish speaking.

Translation service available.

 

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA)

760-758-2514-NORTH COUNTY

619-265-8762-SAN DIEGO

619-280-7224-SPANISH SPEAKING

• Numerous 12-step groups meet throughout

the county.

• Some locations provide childcare, services

for hearing impaired and wheelchair access.

• Call for nearest location

• No fee

ALANON

1-888-425-2666

Al-Anon and Alateen have one goal: To help the families of alcoholics.
No Dues or Fees · Meetings Nationwide · Call 24/7 for Meetings · No Appointments Needed
Highlights: Founding In 1951, Complete Recovery Program…

Free 12 step CD’s are are available on OA, NA, AA, Alanon, etc. at:

https://www.youtube.com/user/OdomtologyBooks

 

ALPHA PROJECT FOR THE HOMELESS

NEIL GOOD DAY CENTER

619-234-3041

• Provides showers, laundry facilities,

limited storage and a place to receive

mail and messages.

BREAD OF LIFE RESCUE MISSION

760-722-0800

• Serves a hot meal Sunday through Thursday

evening at 6pm.

• Drug and alcohol testing available

• Spanish speaking by appointment only

• No Fee

• Provides housing during winter season

BROTHER BENNO FOUNDATION

760-439-1244

• Provides food, clothing, and haircuts,

mailing address, showers and laundry

facilities to individuals in need.

• Spanish speaking

• No fee

Community Research Center

CRF was founded during a time when the State was discharging large numbers of adults from its state hospitals back to their home communities.  The state legislature passed the Residential Treatment System Act in 1979, which encouraged development of community-based programs. CRF’s first program, Turning Point Crisis Center, opened in 1980 as an alternative to traditional, medical-model psychiatric hospitalization. The program design was a collaborative effort of a small group of professionals and a number of clients with years of experience with psychiatric hospitalization. The outcome of their efforts was crisis residential program model designed to provide acute care in a more normalized, homelike setting than a hospital. CRF now operates a system of six internationally recognized crisis residential programs, known as START programs (Short-Term Acute Residential Treatment).

CRF began providing outpatient mental health care for children and adults in the 1980s and hasn’t stopped growing since, adding programs such as the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) in collaboration with NAMI San Diego, vocational clubhouses, ACT teams, transitional residential, school-based counseling, an urgent care walk-in center, as well as mental health and substance abuse treatment for CalWORKs recipients.

START Program Referrals

To make a referral to a START program, please call any of the below listed programs and ask to speak to the Admission Coordinator.  They will help you find a current open bed or the next available bed in the system. The START programs are regionally located throughout San Diego.

Click here to access the START Fact Sheet

North Region

 Turning Point Crisis Center (License 372008470), Oceanside

760-439-2800

Esperanza Crisis Center (License 374603729), Escondido

(760) 975-9939

Ability to accommodate clients with limited mobility

Designated Bilingual/Bicultural Program

East Region

 Halcyon Center (License 370802614), El Cajon

619-579-8685

Ability to accommodate clients with limited mobility

Central Region

 Vista Balboa Crisis Center (License 374600298), Bankers Hill/Balboa Park

619-233-4399

Ability to accommodate clients with limited mobility

New Vistas Crisis Center (License 370808449), Downtown San Diego

619-239-4663

Jary Barreto Crisis Center (License 370808536), Logan Heights

619-232-4357

South Region

 Del Sur Crisis Center (License 370808447), South San Diego

619-575-4687

Designated Bilingual/Bicultural Program

 

CRISIS HOUSE

619-444-1194

• Provides food, clothing, hygiene items,

diapers, baby layettes and formula

• Shelter referrals to East County residents.

• ID required

• Spanish speaking

• No fee

FALLBROOK COMMUNITY PROJECT

760-728-7608

• Provides emergency food, children’s

clothing, and baby layettes.

• Spanish speaking

• No fee

 

FOOD STAMPS

858-514-6885 San Diego Public Assistance

information line

866-262-9881San Diego County only

• Food stamp program helps low-income

household buy nutritious food.

• To qualify, person must work for low

wages, be unemployed or work part-time,

and receive welfare or other assistance

payments.

• Spanish speaking

 

HOME START, INC. – FAMILY RESOURCE

CENTER

619-229-3660- SAN DIEGO

619-401-8375- EL CAJON

• Self-sufficiency services

• Promotes economic independence

• Serves low income families, receiving

public assistance, or SSI

• Emergency assistance with food and

clothing for families

• Offers family support programs

• Employment services, tax services, financial

education

• Languages: Cambodian and Spanish

 

619-440-3579- EL CAJON

760-745-8685-ESCONDIDO

760-631-4712-OCEANSIDE

619-473-0165-PINE VALLEY

• Provides emergency food, clothing,

identification assistance, hygiene kits, and

baby food to individuals and families.

• No emergency food available at Chula Vista

location.

LA MESA COMMUNITY WELFARE ASSOCIATION

INC.

619-466-6678

• Emergency food and clothing for La Mesa

residents only

• ID required

• No fee

 

METRO GOOD NEIGHBOR CENTER

619-264-0368 EXT. 103 – SAN DIEGO

619-429-0802- SAN DIEGO

• Provides emergency food and clothing.

• ID, verification of current address, proof of

income, and some form of ID for children

required.

• Call first

• Spanish speaking

 

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE ASSOCIATION

619-263-7761

• Provides emergency food, clothing, shelter

referrals, rent and utility assistance, crisis

intervention for child or spouse abuse, jobs,

and case management.

• Spanish speaking

 

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE ASSOCIATION – SAN

DIEGO FOOD BANK

866-350-FOOD (3663)

• Provides emergency food to eligible lowincome

households at many sites

countywide.

• Also provides food and nutrition education

to eligible low-income pregnant women,

women 12 months postpartum,

breastfeeding mothers, infants, and children

under 6 years old.

• Spanish speaking

 

RAMONA FOOD AND CLOTHES CLOSET, INC.

760-789-4458

• Provides emergency assistance to people

residing in the following cities: Borrego

Springs, Julian, Ramona, Ranchita, Santa

Ysabel, and Warner Springs

• Spanish speaking

 

SALVATION ARMY FAMILY SERVICES

619-440-3579- EL CAJON

760-745-8685-ESCONDIDO

760-631-4712-OCEANSIDE

619-473-0165-PINE VALLEY

• Provides emergency food, clothing,

identification assistance, hygiene kits, and

baby food to individuals and families.

• No emergency food available at Chula Vista

location.

 

SAN DIEGO COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

619-281-1815

• Provides clothing, diapers, and food on an

emergency basis

• Provides assistance with Section 8 housing

and distributes cold weather vouchers when

funds are available and shelters are

unavailable

 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TRIBAL CHAIRMENS

ASSOCIATION

760-749-5608

• Provides food to low-income individuals

and families living on reservations

• Food delivered to reservation

• Individuals receiving food stamps or SSI are

not eligible

• Spanish speaking

 

SUNSHINE HAVEN

619-440-1221

• Offers emergency food and clothing

• Picture ID required for first visit

 

THURSDAYS MEAL

619-421-1064

• Provides hot meals for mostly homeless and

low-income families, but will not turn others

away who are in need.

• Fri 4pm @ Church of most precious blood

• Sun 5pm @ international Christian center

• Wed 5pm @ South Bay community services

• Fri 11am @ Chula Vista Church of God

 

(Domestic Violence Resource Guide Spring 2008)

SHARED HOUSING

858-748-9675

• Matches individuals who need affordable

housing with persons who have a spare

bedroom

• Housing provided in exchange for

either a rental payment agreement or

by helping with household chores

and duties.

SOUTH BAY COMMUNITY SERVICES

619-420-3620

• Offers a rental assistance program which

arranges an agreeable payment schedule

between landlord and tenant

• No fee

• Spanish speaking

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA

PALOMAR APARTMENTS

619-426-6303

• Section 236 subsidized apartments.

• Rent is about 30% of income

(Spring 2008)

Alliance for African Assistance

619-286-9052

• Provides shelter referrals, furnishings, food,

clothing, and some emergency expenses for

foreign refugees.

• Languages: Acholi, Albanian, Amharic,

Arabic, Chaldean, Eari, Farsi, French,

German, Haitian, Creole, Igbo, Italian,

Kono, Kotu, Kurdish, Lingala, Mende,

Nuer, Oromo, Russian, Serbo-Croatian,

Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrigna, Turkish,

Ukranian, Vietnamese, West African Creole,

Zande, Zulu.

CHICANO FEDERATION OF SAN DIEGO

COUNTY

619-285-5600

• Offers affordable housing to low-income

individuals or families.

• Spanish speaking.

COMMUNITY HOUSING WORKS

760-432-6878

• Offers affordable rental housing to lowincome

families.

• Provides case management.

• Spanish speaking

COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY & COMMUNITY

DEVELOPMENT

858-694-4885

858-694-4884-TTY FOR HEARING IMPAIRED

• Provides rental assistance (including Section

8), or home improvement assistance, grants,

and low-income housing.

• Also provides referrals to local offices in

Carlsbad, Encinitas, National City, and

Oceanside

• No fee

• Languages: Farsi, Spanish and English

METROPOLITAN AREA ADVISORY COMMITTEE

HUMAN SERVICES

619-472-2900- NATIONAL CITY

619-428-1139- SAN YSIDRO

• Provides rent assistance to eligible lowincome

families.

• No fee

• Spanish speaking

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE MULTI-SERVICE

CENTER

619-263-7761

• Provides rental assistance to needy

individuals in San Diego County.

• Funds available on an emergency basis

• Spanish speaking

OCEANSIDE HOUSING & NEIGHBORHOOD

SERVICES

760-435-3360

• Provides low-income rental assistance

vouchers for those who live or work in

Oceanside.

• Four to five year waiting period

• No fee

• Spanish speaking

SAN DIEGO HOUSING COMMISSION

619-231-9400

• Rental assistance program for low-income,

disabled, or handicapped individuals

residing in San Diego County

• Five year waiting period

• No fee

• Languages: English, Spanish and

Vietnamese

SAN DIEGO YOUTH & COMMUNITY SERVICES

TAKE WING

619-221-8600

• Provides youth, ages 16-24, and their

children with low-income housing,

independent living skills and life planning.

• Residents must pay rent, attend school

and/or have a job.

• Sliding scale

• Spanish speaking

SECOND CHANCE PROGRAM

619-239-1003

• Provides low-income individuals and

families with referrals for affordable

housing.

• Must call for appointment

• No fee

Housing Assistance

 

Drug test offered for teens:

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.

Fax: (760) 744-6182

$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

http://www.AddictionCenter.com


 AllTreatment.com that helps navigate the various questions about treatment centers and laws in each state.

http://www.insurancequotes.org/health-insurance/health-resources/addiction-treatment-coverage/ helps with insurance resources for treatment

http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/mental-health-resources

For those with Questions about:

Depression / Manic-Depression / Post-Partum Depression
There is a Self Help Clearinghouse:
http://www.mhselfhelp.org/search-our-site

Recovery International
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.
Recovery International
https://www.recoveryinternational.org

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.
Write:
DBSA
730 N. Franklin St., Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60610
Voice: 1-800-826-3632 or 312-642-0049 (Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-5pm CST)
Fax: 312-642-7243
Website: http://www.dbsalliance.org
Verified: 1/16/2013

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.
Write:
Postpartum Support International
6706 SW 54th Ave.
Portland, CO 97219
Voice: 1-800-944-4773
Fax: 503-894-9452
Website: http://www.postpartum.net
E-mail: psioffice@postpartum.net
Verified: 1/15/2013

Online PPMD Support Group
Online. A community of women who are affected by postpartum mood disorders.
Website: http://www.ppdsupportpage.com
Verified: 2/14/2013

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.
Website: http://www.bpkids.org
Verified: 2/14/2013

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.
Website: http://www.conductdisorders.com
Verified: 2/14/2013

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.
Write:
GROW in America
P.O. Box 3667
Champaign, IL 61826
Voice: 1-888-741-4769
Website: http://www.growinamerica.org
Verified: 1/16/2013

Emotions Anonymous
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.
Write:
Emotions Anonymous
P.O. Box 4245
St. Paul, MN 55104-0245
Voice: 651-647-9712
Fax: 651-647-1593
Website: http://www.emotionsanonymous.org
E-mail: orders@emotionsanonymous.org
Verified: 1/9/2013

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.
Write:
Anxiety and Depression Assoc. Americ
8730 Georgia Ave., Suite 600
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Voice: 240-485-1001
Fax: 240-485-1035
Website: http://www.adaa.org
Verified: 2/14/2013

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

 

Crisis/ Suicide

HOTLINES

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

619-543-9850
Teen  Emergency  Mental  Health  Screening .619-421-6900

Domestic Violence/Abuse

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

Runaway/ Shelter

The Bridge:619-521-3939

Youth/Teen Lines

Teen  Line: .800-852-8336

6:00pm-10:00pm

I have put together levels of care for teenagers and their families in this quick article:

Click here

 

 

CHATncsd

 

(760) 533-3130

 

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
(619) 477-0242

 

 

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

 

Dial 211

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

(858) 694-5191 www.sdcounty.ca.gov/hhsa/programs/cs/child_welfare_services/index.html

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.
www.advocatesforyouth.org

Dental information:
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.

AGING

For those of you taking care of aging parents, I recommend two links for information:
http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/info-10-2010/lfm_get_paid_as_a_family_caregiver.1.html
a
nd http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/cdssweb/PG139.htm


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.

DIVORCE/SEPARATION

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 Institute for Financial Education at 1-858-792-0524 or 760-736-1660 www.wife.org

 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!

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.)

URBAN LEGENDS
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

Alcoholics Anonymous 

Recovery ResourcesCenter for On-Line Addiction
Habit Smart
SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse/Addiction
SAMHSA’s Treatment and Recovery

Anxiety Disorders
Answers to Your Questions About Panic Disorder
National Center for PTSD
Obsessive Compulsive Information Center

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

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADDA – Attention Deficit Disorder Association
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, NIH
Born to Explore: The Other Side of ADD/ADHD

Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
Childhelp USA®
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
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Depression
Bipolar Disorder News – Pendulum.org
Depression and How Therapy Can Help
Depression Screening
Depression Test, Symptoms of Depression, Signs of Depression

Developmental Disorders
NeuroWeb
Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Diagnosis
DSM-IV-TR: Diagnoses and Criteria

Dissociation and Traumatic Stress
Sidran Foundation Home Page

Eating Disorders

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:

http://www.foodaddicts.org/what-is-fa

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
Overeaters Anonymous
American Dietetic Association
Something Fishy

Journals & Magazines
ADHD Report
Anxiety, Stress and Coping
Autism
Childhood
Contemporary Hypnosis
Dementia
Depression and Anxiety
Dreaming
Drug and Alcohol Review
Dyslexia
Early Child Development and Care
Eating Disorders
Educational Assessment
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
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
Parenting
Personal Relationships
Personality and Individual Differences
Psychiatric Bulletin
Psychology of Men & Masculinity
Psychology Today
Stress and Health
Studies in Gender and Sexuality
Substance Abuse
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Trauma, Violence & Abuse

Medications and Health Supplements
Drug Interactions, Alternative, MotherNature
Drug Interactions, DIRECT
Medical Dictionary
Medications, FDA
Medication, Internet Mental Health
Medications, PDR
Medline, Comparison
Multivitamins
SAMHSA’s Psychiatry and Psychology

Mental Health Care General Links
CounsellingResource.com
GoodTherapy.org
Internet Mental Health
Let’s Talk Facts, APA
Mental Health Counselor Resources, About.com
Mental Help Net
Mental Illnesses/Disorders
PsychCentral.com
University of Michigan Health Topics A to Z
Web Sites You Can Trust, Medical Library Association

Personality Disorders
Mental Help Net – Personality Disorders
Personality Disorders – Focus Adolescent Counselor Services

Suicide Awareness and Hotlines
SAMHSA’s Suicide
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
Suicide: Read This First

Additional Mental Health Care & Counseling Resources
Disaster/Trauma
HIV/AIDS
Interpretation of Dreams
Keirsey (Myers-Briggs) Temperament Sorter
Signs of Menopause, Symptoms of Menopause

 

Links & Resources

Mental Health Links
The following links are listed to provide you with additional online mental health care information and counseling resources.

Addiction and Recovery
Alcoholic’s Anonymous
Center for On-Line Addiction
SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse/Addiction
SAMHSA’s Treatment and Recovery
Web of Addictions

Anxiety Disorders
Answers to Your Questions About Panic Disorder
National Center for PTSD
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Mayo Clinic
International OCD Foundation
Calm Clinic

Associations & Institutes
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Counseling Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
Association for Psychological Science
Canadian Mental Health Association
Center for Mental Health Resources
National Institute of Mental Health
Mental Health America
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADDA – Attention Deficit Disorder Association
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, NIMH

Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
Childhelp USA®
Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse
SAMHSA’s (Women,) Children and Families
SAMHSA’s Protection and Advocacy
The National Domestic Violence Hotline Website

Chronic Fatigue
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Depression
Bipolar Disorder News – Pendulum.org
Depression and How Therapy Can Help
Depression Screening
Depression Test, Symptoms of Depression, Signs of Depression

Developmental Disorders
Asperger’s Disorder
NeuroWeb
Yale Autism Program

Diagnosis
DSM-IV-TR: Diagnoses and Criteria

Dissociation and Traumatic Stress
Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute

Eating Disorders
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Something Fishy

Journals & Magazines
ADHD Report
Anxiety, Stress and Coping
Autism
Childhood
Contemporary Hypnosis
Dementia
Depression and Anxiety
Drug and Alcohol Review
Dyslexia
Early Child Development and Care
Eating Disorders
Educational Assessment
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
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
Parenting
Personal Relationships
Personality and Individual Differences
Psychiatric Bulletin
Psychology of Men & Masculinity
Psychology Today
Stress and Health
Substance Abuse
Trauma, Violence & Abuse

Medications and Health Supplements

ConsumerSafety.org is a comprehensive resource offering safety guides for infants, families, patients and seniors, as well as publishing important health news, recalls and safety alerts.
Here is the homepage: https://www.consumersafety.org/
Here is the drug safety page: https://www.consumersafety.org/drugs/

Drug Interactions, Drugs.com
Drug Interactions, DIRECT
Medical Dictionary
Medications, FDA
Medications, PDR
Medline, Comparison
Multivitamins

Mental Health Care General Links
CounsellingResource.com
Mental Health Counselor Resources, About.com
Mental Help Net
PsychCentral.com
University of Michigan Health Library

Personality Disorders
Mental Help Net – Personality Disorders

Suicide Awareness and Hotlines
SAMHSA’s Suicide Prevention
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
Suicide: Read This First

Additional Mental Health Care & Counseling Resources
Disaster/Trauma
HIV/AIDS
Interpretation of Dreams
Keirsey (Myers-Briggs) Temperament Sorter
Signs of Menopause, Symptoms of Menopause
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SELF-CARE

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 is 858-414-2447.   Do this as a gift to yourself and your family and friends!!! (Self care, you know)

Products

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