UC San Diego Health Outpatient Psychiatric Services
140 Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Gifford Clinic at UC San Diego Health is an outpatient mental health service funded by the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services and administered through the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine.
We are dedicated to the treatment of individuals who are uninsured or receive publicly funded insurance (e.g. Medi-Cal). The clinic welcomes individuals with serious mental disorders, as well as those with interacting substance use and other mental disorders.
For those meeting criteria for specialty mental health services, our clinic offers:
- Psychiatric assessment and medication management
- Psychosocial assessment and customized treatment planning
- Individual and group psychotherapy
At this recovery-oriented program, patients address their mental disorder(s) as well as rehabilitation and wellness. Through the clinic’s group treatment program, patients learn and practice skills that enhance their daily lives while building a community of peers. Case Management Services connects clients to resources related to housing, food, employment, benefits and primary health care. Employment services are also available on site.
The clinic also operates a walk-in service that provides screening and triage for individuals. Appointments are not needed.
- Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For those individuals 18-25 years old, the clinic offers a
Transitional Age Youth (TAY) program geared towards the developmental needs of this age group. Patients and family members work alongside the treatment staff to help define their recovery process.
The Gifford Clinic is unique in San Diego as a clinical training center for third year UC San Diego psychiatric residents, marriage and family interns, nurse practitioners in training and psychology interns, as well as graduate level social work interns from San Diego State University and University of Southern California, University of San Diego's Marital and Family Therapy Program, and practicum students from the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Trainees attend seminars and receive clinical supervision from senior level faculty on best practices in assessment and treatment.
Through their affiliation with UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry, patients and trainees have the opportunity to participate in studies, medication and psychosocial treatments for disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding disorder, ADHD and depression.