Medical Services

Behavioral Health Services in San Diego at Scripps Health

From alcohol and drug addiction rehabilitation and treatment to a full complement of inpatient and outpatient care for patients with mental or emotional health challenges, the behavioral health professionals at Scripps Health in San Diego strive to meet the needs of families and the community.

Inpatient care

Sometimes, people suffering from acute psychiatric disorders are unable to live independently, or may even pose a danger to themselves or others. In such cases, hospitalization may be the most appropriate alternative. Scripps Behavioral Health offers inpatient care, which helps patients and their loved ones work through short-term crises, manage mental illness and resume their daily lives. Learn more about our acute care inpatient program.

Outpatient care

Once discharged from a behavioral health inpatient acute care program, managing symptoms is necessary to help patients reintegrate into the community and prevent readmission to the hospital.


Scripps has a collaborative relationship with the Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) to provide outpatient behavioral health care to our discharged patients. FHCSD offers mental health clinic appointments at many of its sites throughout San Diego for basic outpatient therapy and/or medication management.


FHCSD also offers a concentrated form of outpatient therapy at its Third Avenue location (near Scripps Mercy Hospital’s San Diego campus). This program includes group and recreational therapy one to five days per week, along with brief individual therapy and/or medication management on each day attended. FHCSD can be reached at 619-515-2419.


The A-Visions Vocational Training Program will continue at Scripps.