Behavioral Health

The Behavioral Health Department provides confidential outpatient therapy for individuals, couples, and families. Our Behavioral Health Department is dedicated to using a culturally-informed approach and fully integrating services with our medical and dental departments, providing comprehensive whole-person care. The clinicians in Behavioral Health represent a variety of clinical disciplines including psychiatry, psychology, social, and substance abuse services. Our providers offer our clients a richly diverse therapeutic and healing environment that is spiritually and culturally relevant. Behavioral Health clinicians are sensitive towards the cultural perspective and diversity of each Native American client.

Common issues people seek counseling for include:

  • Personal and emotional issues
  • Alcohol and drug problems
  • Family and relationship issues
  • School and work problems

To make an appointment with a behavioral health provider, please call 619-234-2158.

There is a Spiritual Solutions Talking Circle for recovery on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The group is open to all in recovery and is run by a traditional healer. Our Elders Circle meets weekly and is open to individuals of all ages who desire an opportunity to meet together in a small group to hear from, and honor, our Elders. Wellbriety Gatherings are weekly support groups open to all adults seeking cultural based healing and recovery through kinship. We gather to offer one another encouragement in our sober journey. Our Cultural Creations Workshop meets weekly and provides an opportunity to gather around the table, enjoy healing conversation and create cultural art. You can learn about our programs by visiting the Adult Programs section of this website.

Behavioral health services are provided at NO COST to verified American Indians. Non-Indians are also welcome to receive behavioral health services. No-cost programs are available to eligible persons who are uninsured and Medi-Cal is also accepted.


SDAIHC will be following San Diego county and FDA guidance around benzodiazepine prescribing going forward. Prescriptions of these medicines, including alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, and clonazepam will be rare and short-term, and existing long-term prescriptions of these medications will be tapered slowly while other safer, evidence-based medicines are offered to treat the symptoms for which these medicines were originally given. Please talk to your provider with concerns and individualized plans around this health center policy.  More Information

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