Partnership Sites


Community Research Foundation Programs

Areta Crowell Wellness Recovery Center

Areta Crowell Wellness Recovery Center is a Bio-Psychosocial Rehabilitation program of Community Research Foundation that provides integrated, coordinated community-based psychosocial rehabilitation services for adults 18 and older who have serious mental illness, as well as individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance disorders. Its services are based on the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation, with emphasis on attending to the whole person and re-establishing one’s life as a result of the consequences of mental illness, rather than simply attending to the symptoms of the illness. The services focus on recovery, rehabilitation, and community integration, and are individualized to meet the needs of each client. Clients actively participate in setting service plan goals and are encouraged to involve family and significant others in the recovery plan.

Jane Westin Center

Jane Westin Center is a walk-in, urban, center which provides evaluation and treatment that are consistent with psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery principles to adults 18 years of age and older with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring mental health and substance disorders. The objective at the Jane Westin Center is to provide mental health evaluation and treatment that will help stabilize clients who are unable to be treated elsewhere and then link them with another program for on-going medication management services and/or other services and supports.

South Bay Guidance Center

South Bay Guidance Wellness Recovery Center services are based on the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation, with emphasis on attending to the whole person and re-establishing one's life as a result of the consequences of mental illness and sometimes co-occurring substance use disorders. The services focus on recovery, rehabilitation, and community integration, and are individualized to meet the needs of each client. Clients actively participate in setting service plan goals and are encouraged to involve family and significant others in the recovery plan. The team at South Bay Guidance Wellness Recovery Center is multi-disciplinary, and consists of psychologists, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, nurses, and master's level psychology interns. In addition, the team is bilingual and bicultural, across all disciplines, in order to linguistically and culturally address the needs of the large Latino population in the South region of San Diego.

Vista Balboa Crisis Center START Programs

The START programs (Short Term Acute Residential Treatment, also referred to as crisis residential programs) are located throughout San Diego County and offer an alternative to hospitalization for adults who are suffering an acute psychiatric crisis that is not manageable on an outpatient basis. CRF's START programs are the only integrated system of crisis residential programs in the United States that have been recognized by SAMHSA as evidence-based and listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. They are CARF accredited as Mental Health Crisis Stabilization programs, licensed by the Department of Social Services, and certified by the Department of Healthcare Services. In a community-based, homelike environment, the multidisciplinary team of Master's prepared clinicians, nurses, psychiatrists and peers specialize in the psychosocial rehabilitation of each individual who comes through the door.


Vista Hill Programs

Bridges Early Intervention Program

The purpose of the Bridges Early Intervention Program is to provide behavioral development curriculum to support the efforts of law enforcement, probation, and the courts when a youth is arrested for certain violations. Youth who are arrested or cited for crimes that are not seriously violent or are simply engaging in high risk behaviors, are given the opportunity to participate in programming that, if successfully completed, will help the young person keep from further involvement in the justice system. The classes offered in “Bridges” emphasize factual information and skill development to increase the frequency of positive choices made by the youth. Classes cover a range of topics (anger management, alternatives to high risk behavior, drug awareness and tobacco education), screening and assessment services and drug testing.

Don Allen Parent Care Family Recovery Center

Parent Care was started in 1989 by Grossmont District Hospital through a grant to counsel and educate substance abusing parenting women. In 1993, in recognition of the growing crisis of drug addicted newborns, Vista Hill stepped in to help break the cycle of substance abuse, child abuse, and family violence. Since that time, the Don Allen Parent Care Family Recovery Center has provided substance abuse recovery services to pregnant and parenting women, newborn infants and young children in East San Diego County. The families served at Parent Care are at high risk for child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness, and many have a dual diagnosis of mental illness. Parent Care has been recognized as a leader in the development of family-centered recovery services and is making a significant difference in preventing child abuse and reducing perinatal drug and alcohol exposure. The Parent Care Center plays a critical partnership role with County Child Protective Services, drug and family courts, and local hospitals. Vista Hill Parent Care's Incredible Families Program (IFP) was designed to consolidate needed services, and improve outcomes for children and their families involved in East County Child Welfare Services (CWS). Utilizing proven methods from the evidence-based Incredible Years model, the goal of the program is safe and successful family reunification (for families of children in foster care), improved family functioning, and improved mental health functioning for referred children.


Other Programs

Deaf Community Services of San Diego

Deaf Community Services of San Diego,Inc. (DCS) is the only nonprofit in San Diego County serving the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and late-deafened children and adults. Staff work with clients on an individual basis to overcome communication barriers and improve life skills. DCS offers individual, group, and couples therapy, along with case management, life skill classes, and contracted medication management services. Their clients include seniors with hearing loss, individuals who use cochlear implants or hearing aids, deaf infants and children whose parents are seeking advice and guidance, and members of the Deaf community whose primary language is American Sign Language(ASL).

Family Health Centers of San Diego

Family Health Centers of San Diego’s (FHCSD) mission is to provide affordable, high-quality health care and support services to all people, with a special commitment to the uninsured, low-income and medically underserved. Annually, FHCSD provides care to more than 190,000 unique patients—a third of San Diego’s regions low-income patients—through more than 800,000 encounters. FHCSD offers a wide range of health care services throughout the region, including 23 primary care clinics, eight dental clinics, a teen health center, eight behavioral health facilities, an outpatient substance abuse treatment program, vision and physical therapy departments, three mobile medical units and a pharmacy. The breadth of its clinic locations, services and programs has grown over the last four decades, making FHCSD the largest community clinic provider of health care to the uninsured in the county and one of the top 10 largest community clinic organizations in the nation.

Rady Children's Hospital

Rady Children’s Psychiatry Department, provides comprehensive mental health and psychosocial services to children, adolescents and their families. They offer a full range of outpatient services for conditions including depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorders, behavior problems, psychosis and eating disorders. Inpatient services are provided for children and teens with psychiatric illness, eating disorders and medical/behavioral disorders. In the near future they will be opening up the region’s first pediatric psychiatric emergency department.

San Diego Center for Children

The San Diego Center for Children has over 130 years of experience in caring for children and teens who are struggling and often at-risk. They have gained a reputable standing as an expert leader in improving the safety and quality of life for families in need. The challenges children and families face may have changed over the decades, but the heart of their mission has remained the same. Utilizing evidence-based practices in their programs provides consistent methodology of treatment across their Continuum of Care, and also ensures the highest quality of care based off research-based treatment models. Whether a child is referred by a parent or caregiver, the child’s school or through foster care, their continuum of services may be accessed at any level of intensity. If the Center cannot provide the help a family may need, they are happy to direct them toward other options in the community.

San Diego County Psychiatry Hospital

The San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital (SDCPH) is a publicly funded, free-standing psychiatric hospital. It is a locked facility and a component of the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services’ continuum of care. The mission of the Hospital is to provide psychiatric evaluation and crisis intervention-oriented acute treatment for adult residents of San Diego County. The goal of the Hospital is to help patients deal with a mental health crisis, become stabilized, and move ahead to a less restrictive level of care.

San Diego Youth Services

San Diego Youth Services (SDYS) is a non-profit organization serving over 19,000 children and their families each year. SDYS assists youth and their families in becoming self-sufficient and specialize in working with homeless youth and youth in crisis. Its Counseling Cove program provides comprehensive mental health services to homeless youth with emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties wanting to leave street life. Its Surviving Together, Achieving and Reaching for Success (STARS) program utilizes a rapid response team with Child Welfare to provide case management, support groups, and therapy to women and transgender women ages 12- 24 who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking, and men 12- 17 years of age. I CARE is a new program that expands support to youth up to age 21 who are at risk for or have experienced sex trafficking or other commercial sexual exploitation. Additionally, the I CARE program provides a mental health clinic and drop-in center.

San Yisidro Health

A non-profit organization fully committed to providing the highest quality, most compassionate, easily accessible and affordable health care services for the entire family. With a vast network of community clinics and program sites located throughout San Diego, SYH improves the overall health and the well-being of our impoverished community by offering comprehensive primary care, dental, counseling and family support services. We are honored to serve over 86,000 patients, of which nearly half are children and adolescents. We strive to eliminate health disparities and become the connection to a permanent medical home for the most vulnerable families.

Survivors of Torture, International

Survivors of Torture, International is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for survivors of politically motivated torture and their families who live in San Diego County. Its mission is to help survivors to recover from their traumas through a holistic program including mental health, psychiatry, social services, and medical case management. Survivors of Torture, International empowers torture survivors to reclaim the strength and vitality that were stolen from them by brutal dictators and governments. The clinic uses a team-based approach utilizing case managers, therapists, physicians and nurses, and culturally sensitive translators.