Children, Youth & Families System of Care


If you have a Behavioral Health emergency, please call 9-1-1. 

To access service referrals or to call the Crisis Line,
Phone 1-888-724-7240.

The Children, Youth and Families (CYF) section of Behavioral Health Services aids children and adolescents who are emotionally disturbed, and their families. CYF offers a wide variety of services, from early intervention to residential services. All services provided are oriented to meet the unique linguistic and cultural needs of the public to be served. 

The system strives to ensure that County residents have access to quality services as guided by our principles

Services listed are County operated children's behavioral health services. Select "Provider Resource Manual" or "Network of Care - CYF" for information about services we contract out through community providers. 

Services offered by Behavioral Health - Children, Youth and Families:

The Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Administration is responsible for overseeing the public children's system of care for San Diego County, and provides services for children and adolescents who are seriously emotionally disturbed, and their families. Services are provided through direct, County-operated services, and through contracts with community-based providers and individual fee-for-service providers. CYF Administration ensures that certain State-mandated functions, such as Quality Assurance, grievance and complaint procedures, and billing and claiming procedures, are in place, are accurate and effective.

For administrative information or to provide feedback about this page, send us an email or phone BHS Administration at  619-563-2700.