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Gifford Clinic

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Walk-In Service and Appointments: 
UC San Diego Outpatient Psychiatric Services
140 Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103


The Gifford Clinic at UC San Diego Health System is an outpatient mental health service funded by the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services and administered through the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry.

We are dedicated the treatment of individuals who are uninsured or receive publicly funded insurance (e.g., Medi-Cal). The clinic welcomes individuals with serious mental disorder and also those with interacting substance abuse and other mental disorders.


Our clinic offers:

  • Psychiatric assessment and medication management
  • Psychosocial assessment and customized treatment planning
  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • Psychological testing

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. The social service office 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 clinic that provides screening and triage for individuals. This service is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For those individuals 18-25 years old, the clinic offers a Transitional Age Youth (TAY) program geared to 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 psychiatric residents in their third year of training in the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry, as well as graduate level Social Work interns from San Diego State and University of Southern California, University of San Diego Marriage 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 researching leading-edge medications and psychosocial treatments for disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding disorder, ADHD and depression.