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Mental Health

Mental health issues impact people of all ages. Aging & Independence Services provides crisis assessment and assistance for older adults and can help you get connected to other mental health resources.


Behavioral Health Services

San Diego County Behavioral Health Services provides critical services and resources for those dealing with a behavioral health crisis. Services include a confidential and free crisis line that can offer support 24/7 regarding suicide prevention, community resources, mental health referrals, alcohol and drug support services, and more. 

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Senior Mental Health Team

The Senior Mental Health Team provides a crisis assessment and assistance for persons age 60 and older with mental health concerns.

Aging and Alone

Some of our community's seniors are living lives of lonely desperation. Whether related to grief, depression, paranoia, or some other mental illness, the pain is like being lost. Family members and friends may feel helpless.

The Senior Mental Health Team members create a plan with the client and any significant others to keep that elder safe and as independent as possible. If needed, the social workers and nurses also educate clients and family members about mental health concerns.

One common goal is to prevent the need for hospitalization or long-term placement out of the home.

Information is Kept Confidential

All information provided by the elder and family members is confidential and can be released only with written permission or by court order.

Signs of Needing Aid

  • Sudden change in behavior or functioning.
  • Sudden confusion, disorientation, memory loss.
  • Constant negative and/or fearful thoughts.
  • An inability to consistently provide for his/her own food, clothing, or shelter.
  • Abusing alcohol or prescription drugs.
  • Expressing a sincere wish to die. Having a suicidal plan in mind.

How are Referrals Made?

Anyone can make a referral to the Senior Teams, not just health professionals. For any life-threatening situation, always call 911 first.

For more information or to make a referral, please call 800-339-4661 or mandated reporters can all make a referral via the online WebReferral tool

Senior Team members are only available in certain areas of the county. The AIS Call Center can provide referrals for services in areas not served by a Senior Team.

Community Presentations

The AIS Outreach & Education Team links with community organizations and individuals to share information about services and mental health-related issues. The team offers educational presentations on many topics, including maintaining good mental health and the prevention of isolation and loneliness.

For more information call 858-505-6300 or send us an email.