Government Agencies


City of San Diego Health Agencies and Associations
County of San Diego Health Agencies and Associations
State of California Health Agencies
Federal Health Agencies


City of San Diego Health Agencies and Associations

Clean Syringe Exchange Program – Safe Point San Diego – Family Health Centers of San Diego is the current provider for San Diego’s clean syringe exchange program for injection drug users. Call 619-380-0678 for information, including locations and times.

Disability Programs – City of San Diego general information for people with disabilities. 619-236-5979. The San Diego Park & Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Services program provides sports, recreation, leisure, and outreach services to San Diegans with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities.

Fire-Rescue Department – San Diego’s Fire-Rescue Department encompasses all fire, emergency medical, lifeguard, and emergency management services. This includes 9-1-1 services, fire inspections, permits and community education. and other San Diego fire, lifeguard, and emergency medical services. Download the “Ready, Set, Go!” booklet on preparing your home for wildland fires.
24-hour non-emergency calls: 858-974-9891.

Homeless Services – Homeless services available in the City of San Diego. Call 2-1-1 or 858-300-1211 or visit for information.

Recreational Activities and Programs – Information on City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department‘s variety of recreational services and programs for both children and adults.

Victim Resources – San Diego Police Department, District Attorney and County of San Diego information, resources, and assistance for victims of certain crimes, including domestic violence, elder and dependent abuse, child abuse, and sexual assault.



County of San Diego Health Agencies and Associations

Aging and Independence Services – AIS provides numerous programs and services to older adults, people with disabilities, and their family members to help keep people safely in their homes and promote healthy and vital living. Call 1-800-339-4661 for the AIS Call Center.

Alcohol and Other Drug Services – AOD provides an integrated system of community-based alcohol and other drug prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services throughout San Diego County via contracts with local service providers. If you have a Behavioral Health emergency, please call 9-1-1. To access treatment referrals or call the Crisis Line, call 1-888-724-7240.

Children’s Services – Programs and services to protect, serve, and enrich children. Includes information on abuse, foster care, adoptions, childcare, child support, and the health and safety of babies.

Developmentally Disabled – San Diego Regional Center – SDRC serves as a focal point for information and services for persons with a developmental disability and their family. SDRC is a private nonprofit organization that contracts with the state of California to provide the services in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Discount Prescription Card – The County of San Diego participates in this free discount program offered by Coast2Coast Rx Card. Residents of the county can click here to obtain a free card. The program includes participation by pharmacies to provide annual savings up to 55%.

Emergency Services – The Office of Emergency Services coordinates the overall county response to disasters. Information on emergency management resources, disaster preparedness, family disaster plan, and community services. Oficina de Servicios de Emergencias en Español.

Grossmont Healthcare District – The Grossmont Healthcare District is a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region and leases Grossmont Hospital operations to Sharp HealthCare on behalf of local taxpayers. It operates the GHD Health & Wellness Library.  For a map of the district, click here. To confirm you are a resident of the district, click here and enter your residence information. Grossmont Healthcare District en Español.

Health and Human Services Agency – HHSA provides a broad range of health and social services to promote wellness, self-sufficiency, and a better quality of life. For quick information, see All Services A-Z. For a list of services by facility location, including addresses and some phone numbers, see the HHSA Facilities list.

HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch – Offers counseling and testing, care and treatment, AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), partner counseling and referral, and HIV and STD prevention services.

Immunization Program – Provides information and education on vaccine-preventable diseases, school required vaccinations, and immunization clinics, including the Public Health Center – East in El Cajon.

Live Well San Diego – Live Well San Diego is the County’s vision for a region that is building better health, living safely, and thriving. It aligns the efforts of individuals, organizations and government to help all San Diego County residents live well.

Mental Health Services – Adult and Older Adult System of Care – Offers a wide variety of treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery services to help people who are experiencing persistent and severe mental illness or a mental health crisis. Services listed are County-operated mental health services. For other services, click here for the San Diego County Network of Care for Behavioral Health, a comprehensive resource for individuals, families, and agencies.

Mental Health Services – Children, Youth & Families System of Care – Aids children and adolescents who are emotionally disturbed and their families, offering a wide variety of services, from early intervention to residential services. Services listed are County-operated mental health services. For other services, click here for the San Diego County Network of Care for Behavioral Health, a comprehensive resource for individuals, families, and agencies.

If you have a Behavioral Health emergency, please call 9-1-1. To access treatment referrals or call the Crisis Line, call 1-888-724-7240.

Public Health Services – PHS is dedicated to community wellness and health protection in San Diego County. It works to prevent epidemics and the spread of disease, protect against environmental hazards, prevent injuries, promote and encourage healthy behaviors, respond to disasters and assist communities in recovery, and assure the quality and accessibility of health services throughout the county.

San Diego Regional Center [Developmentally Disabled] – SDRC serves as a focal point for information and services for persons with a developmental disability and their family. SDRC is a private nonprofit organization that contracts with the state of California to provide the services in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Veterans Services – The Office of Veterans and Military Affairs assists veterans and their dependents and survivors to obtain benefits from the federal, state, and local agencies administering programs for veterans. For more information, call 858-694-3222.


State of California Health Agencies

Adult Health – The California Department of Health Care Services provides information on adult day health care, coordinated care management, family planning, long-term care alternatives, and information specific to men, women, and seniors.

Aging, Department of – The California Department of Aging (CDA) administers programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the state of California. The Department contracts with the network of Area Agencies on Aging who directly manage a wide array of federal and state-funded services that help older adults find employment; support older and disabled individuals to live as independently as possible in the community; promote healthy aging and community involvement; and assist family members in their vital care giving role.

AIDS Office [Office of AIDS] – Provides HIV/AIDS resources and information on HIV testing and prevention, HIV care services, AIDS drug assistance, insurance assistance, housing information, and HIV/AIDS data.

Arthritis Partnership Program – Resources for Californians affected by arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. Works with local public health departments, health systems, and community-based organizations.

Alzheimer’s Disease Program – The California Department of Public Health Alzheimer’s Disease Program provides clinical services to persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias through the network of ten California Alzheimer’s Disease Centers located at university medical centers throughout the state, including UC San Diego.

Benefits CalWIN – Online resource for California residents to learn about and apply for medical, food, and cash assistance programs. Click here to go directly to Medi-Cal, or Cal Fresh (formerly known as SNAP or Food Stamps). Benefits vary by county. Click here for San Diego County.

Cal Health Find database – The California Health Facility Information Database (Cal Health Find) website provides information about many types of care facilities and hospitals in California. Locate a facility by entering a zip code, city, or county. The site provides profile information for each facility, including ownership, acceptance of Medicare and/or Medi-Cal, and performance history. For information on Long-term care visit the California Partnership for Long-term Care.

Cemetery and Funeral Bureau – The California Department of Consumer Affairs Cemetery and Funeral Bureau provides a consumer guide, FAQs, pre-need Q&A’s, and license look-up.

Developmental Services – The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is the agency through which the state provides services and support to individuals with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and related conditions. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with 21 nonprofit regional centers.

Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – California’s site for information about preparing for storms, called California Statewide Disaster Recovery resources, and wildfires, as well as drought information. For information on earthquake preparation and survival, the California Department of Conservation offers earthquake information.

Health Care Services – The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) works with other entities to provide a health care safety net for low-income residents and persons with disabilities. DHCS finances and administers individual health care service delivery programs, including the California Medical Assistance Program (Medi-Cal). For information on other services, see Department of Health Care Services A-Z Index.

Indian Health Program – The Indian Health Program (IHP) aims to improve the health status of American Indians living in urban, rural, and reservation or rancheria communities throughout California. Health services for American Indians are based on a special historical legal responsibility identified in treaties with the U.S. government.

Medi-Cal Access Program (MCAP) – MCAP is a California insurance program for mid-income pregnant women. Assists women with pregnancy healthcare expenses who do not have insurance, Medi-Cal, or Medicare. MCAP can also help if you have insurance with a maternity-only deductible or copayment greater than $500. Click here for the San Diego County MCAP Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) health plan information.
Información en Español.

Medi-Cal (Medical Care Services) – Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid health care program. It pays for a variety of medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources. Click here for information about qualifying for and enrolling in Medi-Cal.

Mental Health – The California Department of Health Care Services Mental Health Services Division (MHSD) administers a number of programs for adults, youth, and children through partnerships with local agencies. DHCS recommends the Network of Care for Mental Health to obtain information about mental health issues and to search for a wide variety of mental health and other support services in your community.

Public Health – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) works to protect the public’s health in California. Its programs and services are implemented in collaboration with local health departments and state, federal, and private partners. Its core activities include infectious disease control and prevention, food safety, environmental health, laboratory services, patient safety, emergency preparedness, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, family health, health equity and vital records and statistics. Extensive list of the programs and services in the Department of Public Health A-Z Index.

Rehabilitation, California Department of – The Department of Rehabilitation administers the largest vocational rehabilitation program in the country. It also provides consultation and counseling to meet its goal to provide services and advocacy that assist people with disabilities to live independently, become employed, and have equality in the communities in which they live and work.

Women’s Health – The California Department of Public Health provides health information and resources specific to women’s health.



Federal Health Agencies

Administration for Community Living – ACL, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, works to develop a comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly and disabled individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities. Site includes links to helpful programs for older adults, the disabled, and their caregivers. – This website provides one-stop access to U.S. Government information on HIV and AIDS.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Topics include diseases and conditions; emergency preparedness and response; environmental health; life stages and populations; healthy living; injury, violence, and safety; travelers’ health; and workplace safety and health. Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades información en Español.

Clinical Trials – is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical trials conducted around the world. Site provides information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.

Eldercare Locator – A nationwide public service of the Administration on Aging that connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support resources. The online database may be searched by location and type of service, or they can also be reached at 1-800-677-1116. – Site provides one-stop access to U.S. Government information on seasonal, pandemic, and other types of influenza (flu). Información sobre la influenza en Español.

Food and Drug Administration – FDA provides information on the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices. It is also responsible for ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics; dietary supplements; radiation-emitting products, and tobacco products. Información en Español. – Site is the gateway to food safety information provided by U.S. government agencies, including recalls and alerts, food poisoning, and tips for keeping food safe. Información federal sobre seguridad alimentaria en Español. – Site is provided by the Office on Women’s Health to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face. It promotes healthy and positive behaviors in girls, giving them reliable and useful health information in a fun, easy-to-understand way.

Health and Human Services – HHS is the U.S. government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. Provides information for families about diseases and prevention. Click here for A-Z index. – Site from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides information about health insurance options under the 2010 Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) healthcare law. Información sobre el seguro en Español. – Provides resources on a wide range of health topics selected from approximately 1,400 government and nonprofit organizations. See Everyday Healthy Living  and Health ConditionsEnfermedades y problemas de salud. – The official U.S. Government site for Medicare provides comprehensive information including Medicare basics, applying for Medicare, health and drug plans, long-term care, and search tools for doctors, hospitals, supplies, and nursing homes. El sitio oficial del gobierno de EE.UU. para Medicare en Español. – This site provides extensive information based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food guidance system called MyPlate.

National Center for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) – Part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, this site contains information for veterans and the general public about trauma and PTSD. Provides links to resources for treatment.

National Institutes of Health – NIH is the nation’s medical research agency and the central office for the 27 NIH Institutes and Centers, including the following which have excellent consumer-friendly information and resources. Click here for Health Information.  Información sobre los Institutos Nacionales de Salud en Español.
National Institute on Aging   |  Instituto Nacional Sobre el Envejecimiento en Español 
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism  |  Publicaciones sobre el alcoholismo en Español 
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases  |  Instituto Nacional de Alergias y Enfermedades Infecciosas en Español 
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases  |  Instituto Nacional de Artritis y Enfermedades Musculoesqueléticas y de la Piel en Español 
National Cancer Institute  |  Instituto Nacional del Cáncer en Español 
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development  |  Instituto Nacional de la Salud Infantil y Desarrollo Humano Eunice Kennedy Shriver en Español 
NIH Clinical Center (“America’s Research Hospital”)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health  |  Información sobre medicina complementaria e integral en Español
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders  |  Instituto Nacional de la Sordera y Otros Trastornos de la Comunicación en Español
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research  |  Instituto Nacional de Investigación Dental y Craneofacial en Español 
National Institute on Drug Abuse  |  Instituto Nacional sobre el Abuso de Drogas en Español
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases  |  Instituto Nacional sobre la Diabetes y las Enfermedadas Digestivas y Renales en Español
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Eye Institute  |  Instituto Nacional del Ojo en Español
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute 
National Human Genome Research Institute 
National Institute of Mental Health  |  Instituto Nacional de la Salud Mental publicaciones en Español
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities 
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke  |  Instituto Nacional de Trastornos Neurológicos y Accidentes Cerebrovasculares en Español – A service of the National Agriculture Library and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides access to reliable government information on food, nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers. Información de la nutrición en Español.

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition – PCFSN acts as a catalyst to promote healthy lifestyles through fitness, sports, and nutrition programs and initiatives that educate, empower, and engage Americans of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

Social Security – U.S. Social Security Administration information about your Social Security number and card, retirement, disability, survivors, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare, online claims and services, and news. Seguro Social información en Español and 17 other languages.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA provides information on issues relating to mental health and alcohol and drug abuse, including specific drugs, treatment, prevention, and recovery. – U.S. Government gateway to information on vaccines and immunization for infants, children, teens, adults, and seniors. Provides resources from federal agencies for the general public. Información sobre vacunas e inmunización en Español.

Veterans Affairs – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides information for veterans from all branches of the military, including the wide range of benefits and health care. See also Health Topics A-Z Index. – The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) works to promote health equity for women and girls. OWH leads programs to improve women’s health and disseminates consumer health information. See also A-Z Health Topics. La Oficina para la Salud de la Mujer información en Español.