Douglas Young Youth and Family Services (DYYFS) is a community-based outpatient mental health program providing a full range of culturally and linguistically competent, strength-based, comprehensive integrated mental health services to children, youth and their families living in the Central and North Central regions of San Diego County.
DYYFS provides a full range of services including crisis intervention, individual, family, and group therapy, medication support, case management, rehabilitation and substance use/abuse treatment to children, adolescents and young adults (up to 21) with a Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED) and their families who are underserved, uninsured and /or full scope Medi-Cal. To address the diverse needs of each family, we offer and provide clinic, school, home and community based services. We welcome youth and families with co-occurring emotional/behavioral and substance use issues. DYYFS utilizes the team approach, following the Children's Mental Health Service System of Care Philosophy and Principles (CSOC) guidelines. We emphasize a strength-based collaboration between the child or adolescent, the family, education/school, primary care provider, other community providers, and the DYYFS team.
Services are provided by a team which includes: mental health clinicians, case managers, a substance abuse specialist and a psychiatrist.
Treatment services include:
- Individual Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- School-Based Services
- Home-Based Services
- Case Management
- Crisis Intervention
- Psychiatric Services Including Evaluation
- Medication Management Services
- Integrated Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment
Referrals may be initiated by the legal guardian (or community provider in conjunction with the legal guardian) by calling and/or faxing the program directly.
This program is certified as a Medi-Cal provider by the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency and the California Department of Mental Health.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Wednesday: 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Evenings by appointment
Fees and Funding
DYYFS is funded through contracts with the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency and is part of the San Diego System of Care. The program accepts clients with Medi-Cal up to age 21. We also take clients with no insurance with funding through the Mental Health Services Act. Uninsured clients pay a fee on a sliding scale based on the family monthly gross income. No one is denied services based on inability to pay.