8) Mental Health Emergencies: After Hours

Emergency Mental Health Resources are Available after School Hours:

For psychiatric emergencies requiring immediate medical attention, call 911.
Behavioral Health Urgent Care

4305 University Avenue, Suite 150 (Map it)
San Diego, CA 92105
Phone: 858-966-5484
Fax: 619-795-1228

Open: 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday
Appointments: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday
Walk-in clinic: 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday

If your child is in crisis after hours, on the weekend or during a holiday, please go to your nearest emergency room, call 911 (ask for Psychiatric Emergency Response Team) or contact the Access and Crisis Line at 888-724-7240


The Behavioral Health Urgent Care serves children, teens and their families struggling with urgent emotional and/or behavioral concerns that pose a risk to their safety, or the safety of others, or significantly impair their daily lives.

We serve children and teens ages 5 to 17 in the Mid-City community and surrounding areas. We accept Medi-Cal and private insurance. We are also able to provide services to the uninsured and undocumented.


Walk-in clinic, available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday for assessment to address risks and referral, and linkage to community resources. Short term follow-up visits during the day
following initial assessment and case management

Urgent psychiatric/medication evaluations (by appointment only)

Medication support (1-2 visits) for refills on current medications/emergent refill if unable to see current provider - cannot modify current medication regimen


  • If you are unable to safely transport your child to the Emergency Screening Unit, please call the PERT Team.

  • Available by calling 911 or the San Diego County Sheriff's Department at 858-565-5200 AND request the assistance of the PERT Team.

  • PERT Team provides emergency assessment and referral for individuals with mental illness who come to the attention of law enforcement through phone calls requesting emergency assistance.

Clinicians will respond with law enforcement to evaluate the situation, assess the individual's mental health condition and needs and if appropriate, transport the individual to a hospital or other treatment center, or provide a referral to a community based resource or treatment facility.

Emergency Screening Unit (ESU)

4309 Third AvenueSan Diego, CA 92103

  • The ESU is available if you are able to safely transport your child to the ESU facility.

  • Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

  • Please call in advance to inform the ESU of your intent to access the facility: 619-876-4502

  • 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.

  • If over the age of 18, please contact the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital

    3853 Rosecrans Street
    San Diego, CA 92110- 3115

  • ESU serves the Medi-Cal population and those who do not have any medical coverage. Although those with private insurance can be seen at ESU, it is advised that the private insurance clients receive services at facilities and agencies authorized by the insurance company.

County of San Diego ACCESS and Crisis Line: 1-888-724-7240

  • ACCESS to mental health service providers and CRISIS children's services are available at the Access and Crisis Line.

  • Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

    • (TDD/TYY for the hearing impaired) Spanish speaking counselors are available most hours, and interpretation is accessible in over 140 languages through language interpreting services.

      • Dial 7-1-1 or English Voice/TTY: 800-855-7100

        Spanish Voice/TTY: 800-855-7200

NOTE: During school hours follow the District Emergency Procedures (EP-10 & EP-11)