Gifford Clinic

Eligibility for Services

The Gifford Clinic is funded by the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services and administered by UC San Diego Health’s psychiatry services. Our services are free of charge to those who are uninsured or receive publically funded insurance such as Medi-Cal.

The Gifford Clinic at UC San Diego Health provides outpatient mental health care services to individuals with serious mental health disorders, including individuals with interacting substance use issues and other psychiatric challenges. Our recovery-focused program emphasizes rehabilitation and wellness.

Our Services

For those meeting criteria for our no-cost 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 through Friday. Screening and triage provided. Please call 619-543-7795 for clinic hours.
  • 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 to target the unique developmental mental health needs of those in this age group. Patients and family members work alongside the treatment staff to help define the recovery process.


As part of an academic medical center, patients and trainees may have an opportunity to participate in studies or have early access to novel treatments for disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding disorder, ADHD and depression.

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