Resources During COVID-19 Resources for Youth & Families

A community of support

We continue to serve some of San Diego’s most vulnerable youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. See below for ways you can access food, financial support, mental health services and more from San Diego Youth Services and many of our partners.

* Updated September 15, 2020. This list is updated as information becomes available.

Our Services During COVID-19:

Crisis Counseling Program

The SDYS Crisis Counseling Program specifically offers services to San Diego youth (ages 12-24)and their families that have been impacted by COVID-19.

Crisis Counselors empower youth and their families by connecting them with resources that provide financial support, housing, employment opportunities, mental health treatment, tutoring, and other basic needs. Crisis Counselors also provide emotional support and coping techniques to help people find their way during these difficult times. Swipe through to learn about ways to cope with stress during COVID-19.

Adoption Support

Adoption Support

Adoption Support Services
Eligibility: Adoptive families

Services Offered:
• Therapy (telehealth)
• Mentor/tutoring (limited availability- telehealth)
• Family Advocate Coordinator for each family (parent coaching, referrals, support etc. via telehealth)
• Support groups for all members of family (via telehealth)

Who Can Refer: Anyone

Anti-Bullying Awareness and Support

Anti-Bullying Awareness and Support

Eligibility: Youth experiencing bullying and attend either a Santee School District, Grossmont Unified High School District, La Mesa-Spring Valley School District or Cajon Valley Unified School District school.

Services Offered:
• Case management via telehealth
• Advocacy
• Counseling – individually, with the family via telehealth

Who Can Refer: School staff, case managers, self-referrals

Child Sex Trafficking, Awareness and Recovery

Child Sex Trafficking, Awareness and Recovery

Eligibility: Youth up to age 21 at-risk or currently involved in Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Services Offered:
•Individual and family therapy via telehealth
• Case management via telehealth
• Employment and education support via telehealth
• Family/caregiver support via telehealth
• Youth support via telehealth
• Drop-in center open regular hours following guidelines
• Outreach via telehealth

Who Can Refer: Anyone

Eligibility: Any youth age 12-24 who meets the federal definition of Human Trafficking

Services Offered:
• Case management via telehealth
• Therapy via telehealth
• Support groups via telehealth

Who Can Refer: Anyone

Foster Care Services

Foster Care Services

Independent Living Skills (ILS)
Eligibility: Current and former foster youth in East and Metro regions, ages 16-21

Services Offered:
• ILS workshops via telehealth
• Drop-in Center only by appointments for emergency essentials/supplies.
• Case management via telehealth

Who Can Refer: Extended Foster Care workers, ILS County and Probation Officer

Resource Family Agency (Foster Care)
• Age 0-18
• Currently in out-of-home care

Services Offered:
• Case management via telehealth
• Therapy for youth and their families via telehealth
• 24/7 support via phone/telehealth

Who Can Refer: The County refers cases for placement

Homeless Housing and Support Services

Homeless Housing and Support Services

Safe Family Services
• Age 18-24
• At risk for homelessness and history/current Domestic Violence

Services Offered:
• Case management and housing support via telehealth
• Therapy via telehealth
• Financial assistance

Who Can Refer: Anyone

TAY Housing
TLP- Youth ages 16-21 (16 and 17 year olds must be legally emancipated) at risk of homelessness.
Section 8- Youth 18-24, parenting, and at risk of homelessness
TYH- Youth 18-24 years old, were in foster care in San Diego on or after their 16th birthday, and at risk of homelessness.

Services Offered:
• Affordable housing apartment units located in Point Loma
• Case management via telehealth
• Linkage to community resources via telehealth
• 24-hr crisis intervention and support via phone/telehealth

Who Can Refer:
TLP and Section 8- Anyone

TYH- youth are referred through the county of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency

TAY Academy
Eligibility: Youth ages to 14 and 25

Services Offered:
• Basic needs – showers, food, laundry, hygiene
• Resources and referrals
case management & coaching via telehealth
• Housing assessments via telehealth
• Street Outreach: resource linkage and case management services for runaway and homeless youth 21 and under

Who Can Refer: Anyone (Drop-in only, no referral process)

• 18-21 y/o
• In Extended Foster Care
• Able to live independently

Services Offered:
• Affordable transitional housing
• Case management services via telehealth

Who Can Refer: County of San Diego HHS social workers only

Eligibility: Youth connected to the extended foster care system ages 21-24 years

Services Offered:
• Affordable transitional housing
• Case management services via telehealth

Who Can Refer:
• County of San Diego HHS social workers/social workers from other counties
• THP and ILS staff

YHDP Prevention and Diversion
Eligibility: Youth 18-24 who have completed the VI-SPDAT/Triage tool to get a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Coordinated Entry System (CES) referral

Services Offered: Rapid rehousing through the above YHDP services

Who Can Refer: Anyone

Youth Emergency Shelter
Eligibility: Homeless or runaway youth age 12-17

Services Offered:
• Emergency shelter
• Case management
• Facilitated referrals

Who Can Refer: Anyone

Juvenile Delinquency Diversion and Intervention

Juvenile Delinquency Diversion and Intervention

Alternatives to Detention (ATD)
Eligibility: Youth with contact with law enforcement/on probation, age 11-17, 12-17 for cool bed

Services Offered: Telehealth support services, home supervision services, Cool Bed services, case management, individual and family counseling via telehealth

Who Can Refer: DA, Law Enforcement, Probation Officer and self with Probation Officer’s knowledge

Alternatives to Detention (ATD) Coolbed
Eligibility: Youth ages 12-17. Youth who have committed an offence and /or are currently on Juvenile probation who will typically need to be detained in Juvenile Hall, however cannot stay at home due to other reasons, such as safety.

Services Offered:
Short-term residential placement that provides temporary shelter and structured from a certified host family, providing youth and their families a two-week, cooling-off period

Who Can Refer: Misdemeanor family crimes as Battery and Vandalism (In home)

Eligibility: Justice involved youth or youth at risk of justice involvement up to age 21

Services Offered:
• Individual and family therapy via telehealth
• Substance abuse intervention & recovery via telehealth
• Family support services by Family Support Partner via telehealth
• Psychiatric services via telehealth

Who Can Refer: Anyone

Eligibility: Youth between 11-18 currently on formal probation living in the 92102, 92113, 92114, 92115, 92105 zip codes (North, Central and South Regions, specific zip codes listed)

Services Offered: Intensive mentorship, adocacy and supervision for youth on formal probation in collaboration with the Probation Officers, case management services, home visits 7 days a week via tele health.

Who Can Refer: Probation Officers only

Community Assessment Team (CAT)
Eligibility: Any youth ages 6-18 in East County

Services Offered:
• Case Management via telehealth
• Groups with peers via telehealth
• Counseling via telehealth
• Parent Support via telehealth
• Cool bed

Who Can Refer: Anyone

LGBTQ+ Support

LGBTQ+ Support

Our Safe Place

Eligibility: LGBTQ+ youth up to age 21 (and their families)

Services Offered:
Individual/family/group psychotherapy, psychiatric services, case management, rehabilitative services via telehealth
• Four (4) LGBTQ+ drop-in centers that offer supportive services to LGBTQ+ youth – following Pandemic Orders
• Support groups for caregivers via telehealth

Who Can Refer: Anyone

Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

Camp Mariposa
Eligibility: Youth ages 9 -12 who are impacted by substance abuse in their families past or present.

Services Offered: Overnight weekend camps (postponed). Additional activities via telehealth for campers and alumni, psychoeducation activities via telehealth

Who Can Refer: Anyone

Counseling Cove
• Ages 12-21
• Currently experiencing homelessness, unstably housed, or running away from home

Services Offered:
• Individual and family therapy via telehealth
• Case management via telehealth
• Psychiatry via telehealth

Who Can Refer: Anyone

Dallas 180

Eligibility: Granite Hills High School Students

Services Offered: Case management & financial support due to COVID-19

Who Can Refer: Granite Hills

East County Behavioral Health Clinic (ECBHC)
Eligibility: Up to age 21, living or attending school in East County

Services Offered:
• Individual and family therapy via telehealth
• Group therapy via telehealth
• Case management via telehealth
• Psychiatric services via telehealth

Who Can Refer: Anyone

Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI)
Eligibility: Student or family member of children enrolled in: Bancroft Elementary School and La Presa Elementary School within the La Mesa Spring Valley School District, and Naranca, Madison, and Meridian Elementary schools within the Cajon Valley School District

Services Offered:
• Incredible Years (IY) Classroom curriculum (weekly classroom lessons) via telehealth
• IY Small group for children preK-3rd
• IY Parenting Support group
• Screening and referrals for prevention and early intervention services

Who Can Refer: Teachers, counselors, principals, or other school administrative staff (of the identified 5 schools served). Self-referrals

* See also I CARE and Our Safe Place for additional mental health services

Suicide Prevention and Intervention

Suicide Prevention and Intervention

Eligibility: 7th-12th grade school sites in San Diego

Services Offered: Suicide prevention and grief support to families, school and community partners via telehealth

Who Can Refer: Schools

Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Intervention

Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Intervention

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP)
Eligibility: Youth ages 13-18 in schools in East County

Services Offered: Facilitating evidence-based comprehensive sexual health education via telehealth

Who Can Refer: Schools within the East County Region

Community Resources:

Updates & Information

COVID-19 Updates

Local Information Hubs

  • 2-1-1 San Diego: 2-1-1 San Diego is a free, 24/hr confidential phone service and searchable online database for services
  • LiveWell @ HomeLiveWell @ Home is a free resource from Live Well San Diego to help community residents find tips and strategies to stay healthy in both mind and body while staying at home.
  • Mental Health Support:  Mental health resources and self-care tools compiled by the County of San Diego for parents, families and caregivers.

Community Food Resources

Youth, infant – 18:

Any youth 18 or younger can receive food at dozens of schools throughout San Diego County. These are packed meals to take away during the school closures. See an updated list of sites and details from the County of San Diego Office of Education.

Feeding San Diego offers special meal distributions for children and teens at sites across San Diego County. Free meals are available for children Monday through Friday and at one site on Saturdays. Some sites also offer boxed dry goods and staple items. Visit or call (858) 452-3663.

Get help buying food while schools are closed. COVID-19 Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits are available for CA families with students who received free or reduced-price meals before schools closed. Learn more at

All ages:

Drive-through emergency food distribution
: This service is offered by Feeding San Diego and community partners at multiple sites across the county.

South Bay: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 8am
Community Through Hope
Eucalyptus Park
436 C St, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Southeastern: Every Tuesday, 3pm
Jacobs Center  for Neighborhood Innovation
404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114

North Coastal: Every Thursday, 10am
Brother Benno
3260 Production Ave, Oceanside, CA, 92057

North Inland: Every Friday, 1pm
First Congregational Church of Ramona
404 8th St, Ramona, CA 92065

Central: Every Saturday, 9am
San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council
SDCCU Stadium, Northeast Lot
9499 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108

Additional food sites for all ages: More food sites, including San Diego Food Bank locations, can be found here. Community members can also text “food” or “comida” to 877-877 to find the nearest Feeding San Diego site.

Resources for Foster Youth

Technology Help: iFoster provides free cell phones and laptops to current and former foster youth. Contact

Other Community Resources

  • Childcare Services & Information: See the YMCA’s special page for resources and information about childcare during COVID-19.
  • Face Coverings: Learn how to make your own DIY face covering, with both sew and no sew options from the CDC.
  • Handwashing Stations: See a map of county-wide handwashing stations
  • San Diego Peer-to-Peer Warm Line: Call (619) 295-1055 or (800) 930-WARM (9276) 3:30pm – 11pm 7 days/week to speak to a Peer Support Specialist.
  • TransportationFACT is offering free transportation for San Diego residents for any essential need (groceries, doctor visits, etc.) until the stay at home order is lifted. Call (888) 924-3228 8am – 3pm Monday – Friday to set up transportation anywhere in San Diego County.

24-Hour Helplines & Emergency Resources

  • San Diego Access & Crisis Line: Free, 24/7 confidential service through the County of San Diego. (888) 724-7240. CHAT services are also available Monday through Friday (4pm-10pm)
  • California Peer-Run Warm Line: Free, 24/7 non-emergency emotional support and referrals. (855) 845-7415
  • California Youth Crisis Line: 24/7 statewide emergency line for youth (12-24) and families in crisis. Call or text (800) 843-5200.
  • National Child Abuse Hotline: Reports can be made 24/7. (800) 344-6000
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 24/7 support through advocacy, safety planning, resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence. (800) 799-7233
  • National Human Traffficking Hotline: 24/7 support for you or someone you know who is a victim of human trafficking. (888) 373-7888. You can also text “HELP” or “INFO” to 233733.
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. (800) 273-8255