Maria Sardinas Wellness Recovery Center
Paul VanPortfliet, PsyD, Program Director
Esteban Gonzalez, Assistant Program Director
1465 30th Street, Suite K
San Diego, CA 92154
(619) 428-1000
(619) 428-1091
Maria Sardinas Wellness Recovery Center

The Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center's services are based on the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation, with emphasis on attending to the whole person and re-establishing one's life as a result of the consequences of mental illness, rather than simply attending to the symptoms of the illness. The services focus on recovery, rehabilitation, and community integration, and are individualized to meet the needs of each client. Clients actively participate in setting service plan goals and are encouraged to involve family and significant others in the recovery plan.

The team at The Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center is multi-disciplinary, and consists of psychologists, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, nurses, and master's level interns. In addition, the team at The Maria Sardiñas Wellness and Recovery Center is bilingual and bicultural, across all disciplines, in order to linguistically and culturally address the needs of the large Latino population in the South Region of San Diego County.

In addition to outpatient psychiatric services, the Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center also has three specialized programs: Full Service Partnership Case Management, targeted services for Transitional Aged Youth (aged 18-24) and Older Adults (aged 60+).  


  • Mental Health Evaluations
  • Medication Management
  • Case Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Service Coordination and Linkage
  • Life Skills Development
  • Outreach and Education
  • Employment Services
  • Group and limited Individual, and Family Counseling
  • Integrated Services for Mental Health & Substance Use Problems
  • Enhanced services for Transitional Aged Youth, 18-24 years old
  • Enhanced services for Older Adults, 60+ years old
  • Full Service Partnership Case Management

Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center works with clients, their families, significant others and South region community resources to assist clients to reach their individualized goals which may include:

  • Reduce or eliminate the effects of mental illness
  • Promote wellness, stability, and quality of life
  • Prevent or minimize psychiatric episodes resulting in hospitalization
  • Assist clients with community integration and self-sufficiency
  • Improve functioning in social, volunteer, and employment activities

Referral Process

Referrals may be initiated by any individual or family member, concerned citizen, or social service provider/professional by calling the program directly


Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center is a Medi-Cal provider certified by San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services Department and California Department of Mental Health.

Hours of Operation

Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m., Monday and Wednesday from 9:00a.m. - 8:00p.m.


Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center is wheelchair accessible and accessible by public transportation. The nearest trolley stop is IRIS.  Take the number 932 bus to the Iris station, MSCWRC is across the street.