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Mental Health Services - Children

Emergency and Crisis Mental Health Services

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Access to crisis mental health services is available through the Access and Crisis Line at 1-800-479-3339. TDD for the hearing impaired: 619-641-6992. Spanish speaking counselors are available most hours, and interpretation is accessible in over 140 languages through language interpreting services 24/7.

Facilities where this Service is offered:


Emergency Screening Unit: 619-421-6900

In accordance to Title 9, California Code of Regulations an "Emergency Psychiatric Condition" is defined as a condition in which the client, due to a mental disorder, is an imminent danger to self or others or is immediately unable to provide for or utilize food, shelter or clothing. This situation indicates an immediate need for psychiatric inpatient hospitalization or psychiatric health facility services.

Emergency mental health services are available for children and adolescents who are experiencing a mental health emergency or crisis. The Emergency Screening Unit is located at:

730 Medical Center Court
Chula Vista, CA, 91911
Telephone: (619) 421-6900
TTY Line: (619) 591-4321
Please call in advance if possible.

The Emergency Screening Unit provides emergency psychiatric evaluation, crisis stabilization, and brief outpatient counseling to children, adolescents (age 17 and under) and their families in crisis.

Over 1,000 youth receive an emergency psychiatric assessment at the Emergency Screening Unit annually. The unit is open 24 hours/7 days a week, and serves the entire county. Clients are brought in from many places including hospital emergency rooms, social workers, shelters, Juvenile Hall, families, law enforcement, schools, and foster, group, or residential homes.

Clients are assessed as to the types of services they need, with integrated attention to both mental health and substance related contributions to the crisis. If hospitalization is not required, referrals are made for mental health, chemical dependency and other community services.


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