Therapeutic Behavioral Services
If you have a Behavioral Health emergency, call 911.
To access referrals for call the Crisis Line, phone 1-888-724-7240.
Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) is an intensive, individualized, one-to-one behavioral coaching program available to children/youth up to age 21 who are experiencing emotional or behavioral challenges in their current living environment or experiencing a stressful life transition. TBS is only available to those children/youth with full-scope Medi-Cal benefits who are receiving ongoing mental health services.
TBS can help children/youth and parents/caregivers learn skills to increase successful behaviors and learn new ways of reducing challenging behaviors. TBS is not a stand-alone service; it supports an ongoing primary mental health service such as mental health therapy or case management.
TBS is available to children/youth who meet one or more of the following criteria:
1. Experiencing difficult behaviors which may jeopardize their placement;
2. Currently living in a group home;
3. At risk of psychiatric hospitalization, or have been psychiatrically hospitalized within the last 24 months; and
4. Transitioning to a lower level placement.
Referrals are sent to the County's TBS provider for services.
TBS Referral and Release of Information forms:
TBS Referral Form
TBS Release of Information Form (English)
TBS Release of Information Form (Spanish)
TBS Expedited Referral Request
Fax referrals to: County TBS - (858) 467-9029
Mail referrals to: P.O. Box 85524, San Diego, CA 92186-5524
For information, questions, and concerns: San Diego County TBS office (619) 563-2743 Mon-Fri 8-4:30 pm
TBS Program Brochure (English)
TBS Program Brochure (Spanish)
State Department of Mental Health TBS website
For administrative information or to provide feedback about this page, please send us an email or phone BHS Administration at 619-563-2700.