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Gifford Clinic

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. In our recovery-focused program, we emphasize rehabilitation and wellness.

Our Services

For those meeting criteria for specialty mental health services, our clinic offers:

  • Psychiatric assessment
  • Psychosocial assessment
  • Customized treatment planning, including medication management
  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • Group treatment: patients learn and practice skills that enhance their daily lives while building a community of peers
  • Walk-in hours (no appointment necessary): Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Screening and triage provided
  • Case management services: connects clients to resources related to employment, food, housing, benefits and primary health care

Care for Young Adults 

For individuals 18-25 years old, we offer the Transitional Age Youth (TAY) program geared towards the unique developmental mental health needs of those in this age group. Patients and family members work alongside the treatment staff to help define their recovery process.

Education and Training at the Gifford Clinic

The Gifford Clinic is unique in San Diego as a clinical training center for psychology interns, third year psychiatric residents, marriage and family interns, and nurse practitioners in training, 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.


  • 619-543-7795



  • ​140 Arbor Drive (Room 333)
    San Diego, CA 92103

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