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. 

Project Resources and Documents  

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Page last updated 04/10/2024