Tri-City Psychiatric Health Facility

The County of San Diego (County) and Tri-City Healthcare District (Tri-City) are partnering to build a modern, state of the art facility on the Tri-City campus in Oceanside to provide essential mental health services to the North San Diego County community. 

Service Model   

A Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) is a 24-hour facility that provides short-term inpatient care for adults 18 years and older with psychiatric needs.  PHFs provide recovery services beyond the level of care offered in outpatient, emergency, or other crisis settings.    

 

The PHF service model provides client-centered care and emphasizes continuous assessment of client progress with the goal of stabilization and improvement in overall client wellness. The PHF is designed to proactively transition clients to the next appropriate level of care and to provide referrals to other services upon discharge. Client care at the PHF is provided by a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, mental health therapists, nurses, mental health workers, and other supportive providers. 

New County of San Diego and Tri-City PHF   

The Tri-City Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) will provide short-term, inpatient services with an average length of stay of 5-7 days, after which clients will be connected to appropriate community-based care that best meets their unique needs.   

 

The 16-bed capacity offered by the new facility will alleviate pressures on local hospitals and emergency rooms by referring clients with psychiatric needs to the appropriate treatment setting and will ensure that people in need of specialized care receive the right service, in the right place, at the right time.

Local Need   

Built on the expertise of local healthcare leaders and other stakeholders, this project is being developed through a unique, collaborative partnership with Tri-City to ensure there is adequate capacity to care for the mental health needs of residents in North San Diego County. This project is a key component of transforming the continuum of behavioral health care services in San Diego County. 

Community Engagement Public Hearings  

The County of San Diego is hosting two community engagement forums to provide the community with project information and answer questions. The public meetings will be conducted as a two-part series with follow-up information provided at the second meeting. Community members are welcome to attend both, but may also choose to attend just one meeting. Each meeting will be approximately one hour.

  • Location: Both forums will be held virtually via Zoom.
  • Dates and times:
    • Meeting #1: Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. (click here for Zoom link)
    • Meeting #2: Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. (Zoom link to come)
  • Public Meeting Notice

Project Resources and Documents  

Contact   

For more information or to leave a question or comment, please email:  TriCityPHF@sdcounty.ca.gov .  

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Will there be an increase in foot traffic in the neighborhood?

    There is no anticipated increase in foot traffic as clients will be routed through the main vehicle access points to the Tri-City Medical Center campus on Vista Way and Thunder Drive, and this is not an outpatient facility where clients would come and go daily. 

  • Will there be an increase in vehicle traffic?

    There is no anticipated increase in vehicle traffic. Clients will be admitted directly to the PHF via appropriate medical provider transportation, including emergency vehicles entering through the main vehicle access points to the Tri-City Medical Center’s campus on Vista Way and Thunder Drive. 

  • What will be the aesthetics of the new building?

    The facility is being thoughtfully designed and promises to be an architectural asset that sets a standard for mental health care environments. 

  • Will there be a security service?

    As this is on the existing Tri-City Medical Center campus, there will be full security in accordance with existing and established protocols. 

  • Who will this facility serve?

    The facility will serve clients who need higher level psychiatric care than can be provided in an outpatient setting.

  • How will clients arrive at the facility?

    Patients requiring short-term, inpatient treatment at the PHF will be referred to and directly admitted to the facility from local Crisis Stabilization Units (CSUs) and emergency rooms. Clients will arrive at the facility via appropriate medical provider transportation, including emergency vehicles. 

  • How can the facility be accessed?

    Access to the facility will be through the main vehicle and pedestrian access points to the Tri-City Medical Center campus on Vista Way and Thunder Drive. There will not be access through the adjacent neighborhoods. A fire access road will join Waring Road to the west and a locked gate will prevent vehicular and pedestrian traffic onto Waring Road.

  • What happens to clients when they are released from the facility?

    After a short-term stay, clients will be connected to appropriate community-based care that best meets their unique needs. Services at the facility are designed to be seamlessly coordinated so that clients are fully supported and are proactively transitioned to the next appropriate level of care.