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Mental Health Services

This site was developed to help individuals and families locate available licensed, adult board and care facilities, or residential homes for persons with mental illness, ages 18 to 59 or for older adults, people with disabilities, and other populations whose limitations prevent them from living alone, where they can receive personal care and individual attention. 2-1-1 San Diego does not recommend or rate any facility. However, we hope that listing these facilities in a central location will assist those looking for residential care. Licensing information is provided by the State of California, Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division in San Diego.

For a list of the licensed board and care facilities

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Please visit the Independent Living Association (ILA) website to find (ILA) approved independent living facilities.

Adult residential care homes (which are also known as board and care homes, residential board and care homes, personal care homes or residential care facilities for the elderly) generally provide a room (which may be shared), meals and supervision; and may specialize in populations with specific needs such as people with Alzheimer’s disease or those with developmental disabilities. Services vary from facility to facility but may include dietary and housekeeping services, monitoring of prescription medication, social and recreational opportunities, incontinence care and assistance with toileting, bathing, grooming, dressing, mobility and other activities of daily living. Some homes provide secured surroundings for confused elderly adults who may wander while others are unable to accept individuals who are incontinent or who have severe problems with memory loss. There is considerable variation among these homes in terms of size, resident mix, daily charges and services. Most but not all adult residential care homes or facilities are licensed by the state in which they are located.

Before deciding where to place your loved one, it is important that you:

  • Contact the facility for additional information
  • Schedule an appointment to review the facility’s public file at the Community Care Licensing office at: 7575 Metropolitan Drive, Suite 109, San Diego
  • Schedule an appointment to view the facility
  • Ask questions – lots of questions! Click here for Frequently Asked Questions
  • Drop by and visit the facility unexpectedly
  • If pleased with your findings, ask about bed availability based on your needs
  • Report any concerns regarding these facilities to:
    • Community Care Licensing
    • 619-767-2300
    • Ask for the Duty Officer of the Day – Adult Care Program

2-1-1 San Diego updates the board and care bed availability once a month. However, availability can change at any moment. Please contact the facility directly to get the most current information.


Outpatient Mental Health Care

Outpatient Mental Health Care Programs provide diagnostic and treatment services for individuals whose psychiatric problems or other emotional difficulties are not severe enough to require 24-hour care but who can benefit from regular consultation and therapy with a mental health professional.

Mental Health Facilities

Mental Health Facilities include long or short-term care inpatient facilities, counseling agencies and therapists in private practice that offer diagnostic and treatment services for children, adolescents and/or adults who have acute or chronic mental or emotional disturbances or for people who are experiencing difficult life transitions or are having problems coping with daily living.

Comprehensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

Comprehensive outpatient substance abuse treatment programs are supervised, structured programs that offer a wide range of outpatient services which may be coordinated by a case manager and may include individual and group counseling, 12-step meetings, social and recreational activities, educational and vocational services, life skills training, primary health care, perinatal health care, a program for family members, relapse prevention services, a continuing care program and supportive services (such as child care, transportation and parenting skills development) for individuals who have problems related to substance abuse, who need access to treatment to maintain their individual recovery plans but do not require the intensity of a day treatment program or 24-hour hospital care. Participants attend the program on a regularly scheduled basis at least once a month but usually more frequently depending on their individual needs. Intensive outpatient programs are usually available three or four days per week for three or four hours per day.

Residential/Inpatient Substance Abuse Facilities

Inpatient substance abuse facilities community and hospital-based programs that provide a variety of inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment services for individuals who have problems related to substance abuse.

Mental Health Related Support Groups

Mental health related support groups include mutual support groups whose members are people who have specific social, emotional or other mental health problems. Families and friends may also be welcome. The groups meet in-person, by telephone or via the Internet; and provide an opportunity for participants to share information, practical tips for daily living and encouragement about issues related to the problem.

Counseling Services

Counseling services provide programs that modify the way their therapeutic sessions are structured in order to best meet the individual needs of people who have mental, emotional or social problems or are having difficulty coping with a particular life situation. Included are programs that offer individual, group, family or conjoint counseling, peer counseling, helpline counseling or counseling via the Internet; or which provide self-help materials that are intended to be used in lieu of in-person counseling or other forms of treatment.

  • Family Counseling – Programs that offer therapeutic sessions that focus on the system of relationships and communication patterns among family members and which attempt to modify those relationships and patterns to achieve greater harmony. The therapist focuses on the family as a unit rather than concentrating on one of the members who is singled out as the one in need of treatment.
  • Group Counseling – Programs that offer therapist-facilitated collective treatment sessions in which unrelated groups of individuals, couples or families discuss their attitudes, feelings and problems and, with input from other members of the group, attempt to achieve greater self and interpersonal understanding and adjustment and explore solutions to their problems.
  • Individual Counseling – Programs that offer personal therapeutic sessions in which the therapist works on a one-to-one basis with clients to help them resolve their mental, emotional or social problems.
  • Peer Counseling – Programs that offer individual therapeutic sessions which are facilitated or guided by an individual who is the same age as the client (an age-peer) or who has experienced and resolved the same type of problem as the client.