If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Do not rely on electronic communications or communication through this website for immediate, urgent medical needs. This website is not designed for use in medical emergencies.
In the event of a mental health crisis:
♦ Go to the nearest emergency room
♦ Call 911 and ask for the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team
♦ Contact the Access and Crisis Line: (888) 724-7240
Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) Team
Emergency assessments and referrals for individuals with mental illness. PERT pairs licensed mental health clinicians with uniformed law enforcement officers. Appropriate for children, adolescents, and adults.
Mental health emergency call 9-1-1 and ask for PERT
If non-emergency mental health concern call the SDPD: 619-531-2000
or, outside of San Diego call 858-565-5200
Administrative Office: Phone: 619-276-8112 Fax: 619-276-8230
Emergency Screening Unit (ESU)
The Emergency Screening Unit (ESU) provides emergency psychiatric evaluations, crisis intervention, crisis stabilization, brief outpatient counseling, case management and emergency medication management to children and adolescents under age 18. (Meant for unfunded or MediCal patients)
Contact Phone: 619-876-4502
Where to go if your child or adolescent is experiencing a mental health crisis
Rady Children’s Hospital
Behavioral Health Urgent Care: Serves children ages 5-17 with suicidal thoughts, psychotic thinking, physical aggression or risk of harm to others, depression, anxiety, acute stress reaction, and co-occurring problems with substance use/abuse. The Urgent Care is only open certain hours and takes appointments Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm; with a Walk-in clinic Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm
♦ Location: 4305 University Ave., Ste. 150, San Diego, CA 92105
♦ Phone: 858-966-5484; Fax: 619-795-1228
Rady Children’s Hospital Emergency Room and the Crisis Stabilization Unit: This is a short-term crisis assessment and treatment program that assists patients during a mental health crisis. The CSU team works to stabilize a crisis of children who are brought to the Sam S. and Rose Stein Emergency Care Center.
♦ Location: Rose Pavilion, 1st Floor, 3020 Children’s Way, San Diego, CA 92123
♦ Phone: 858-966-8036; Fax: 858-966-7433
Aurora Hospital: Aurora San Diego provides inpatient care and partial hospitalization for children ages 5-12 whose acute symptoms require a safe and therapeutic environment.
♦ Location: 11878 Avenue of Industry, San Diego, CA 92128
♦ Phone: 858-487-3200 (Main Line)
♦ Phone to call for Assessment: 888-565-4228
Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital: Provides both inpatient and outpatient services, including partial hospitalization, substance abuse outpatient program, After-school cognitive therapy and therapy programming for children and teens.
♦ Location: 7850 Vista Hill Ave. San Diego, CA 92123
♦ Phone: 858-836-8434
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