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CRF Short Term Acute Residenial Treatment (START)
Vista Balboa Crisis Center

Address: Vista Balboa Crisis Center
545 Laurel Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Contact: Debon McGill
Position: Program Director
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Facility Type: Residential Treatment Center for Adults
Type of Care: Non-hospital Residential
Facility Description: Adults experiencing a psychiatric crisis can avoid or shorten a psychiatric hospital stay by recovering in a beautiful community based home with views of Balboa Park or one of our other regionally located crisis residential programs in and around San Diego. Well-trained and experienced staff focus on the unique needs, strengths, and preferences of each individual. Our programs use the evidence-based Short Term Acute Residential Treatment model known as START to provide crisis residential services. The warm, homelike environment fosters hope and recovery. Our staff include psychiatrists, nurses, clinical psychologists, social workers, and counselors who are experts in START services.

Residents will benefit from a person-centered treatment approach based in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) models. Services include: 24 hour clinical support, collaborative treatment planning, psychiatric and medication management, individual and group counseling twice daily, integrated substance use disorder treatment, family counseling, wellness activities, and recreational activities.
Services Provided: Individual Therapy
Family Therapy
Group Therapy
Case Management
Crisis Intervention
Referral Services
Socialization/Recreational Services
Relapse Prevention
Medication Evaluations
Medication Management
Psychosocial Assessments
Hospital Alternative Community-based Treatment
Treatment Specialties: Alcohol Abuse or Dependence
Anxiety Disorders/Phobias
Bipolar Disorder
Drug Abuse or Dependence
Schizophrenia and/or Other Psychoses
Stress Management
Suicide Intervention
Psychiatric Crisis Stabilization
Treatment Ages: Adult
Gender: Male
Special Programs/ Groups: Dually Diagnosed
Accreditations & Affiliations: The START model has received the American Psychiatric Association Gold Achievement Award and is recognized by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as an effective model for treating mental illness. The START Programs have been providing crisis residential treatment to the community for nearly 40 years. We are licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing and Certified by California State Department of Health Care Services. The START Programs have been CARF Accredited for 18 years.
Admissions Information: We are a voluntary unlocked treatment program serving adults, 18 and over, who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis. All non-psychiatric medical conditions must be stable and managed by the individual's outpatient provider.

You can contact Vista Balboa Crisis Center at 619-233-4399 to ask about insurances accepted at each of our locations. We are an in-network provider for Kaiser, Anthem, Aetna, and MHN. We are also contracted with the Veterans Administration and are a provider for the County of San Diego accepting Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
Accepted Insurance: Aetna
Kaiser Permanente
Managed Health Network (MHN)
Office Hours: 24/7

CRF Short Term Acute Residenial Treatment (START), Residential Treatment Center for Adults in San Diego

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El Cajon, CA 92021
San Diego, CA 92154
Oceanside, CA 92054

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Sliding Fee Scale:  Yes
Prescribe Medication:  Yes
Wheelchair Accessible:  Yes
Public Transportation:  Yes

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