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Behavioral Health and Recovery Services., Youth Services Center Unit

Human Services

Behavioral Health and Recovery Services., Youth Services Center Unit

San Mateo County Health System

Provides diagnosis, consultation and brief crisis intervention to juveniles in the care of the Probation Department.


Provides the Juvenile Probation Department, including a Boys' Camp and Girl's Camp and the Juvenile Court, with: 1) diagnostic evaluation; 2) program consultation and collaborative case planning; 3) brief therapy and crisis intervention for juvenile court wards and their families while wards are detained in Juvenile Hall; 4) medication management for youth taking psychotropic medication and; 5) brief family therapy services and gender responsive/trauma-based treatment. Information and referral services are available to adolescents and their families needing more than routine probation. Also provides therapeutic or case management services to juvenile court wards at high risk for out-of-home placement, and upon their return home from group home treatment. Consults with staff of Juvenile Justice Diversion Programs (Youth Service Bureaus), therapeutic day schools, Regional Mental Health Centers and other community-based organizations. Staff of public and private agencies working with juvenile offenders or their families may call for consultation or referrals. Formerly known as San Mateo County Health Department. Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. Mental Health Services Division. Hillcrest Unit.


Public Transit:

SAMTRANS stops within 1 block.
222 Paul Scannell Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402 37.5124496 -122.3365255 Human Services

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • French
  • German
  • Persian
  • Spanish

Accessibility Options:

  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled Restroom
  • Elevator
  • Interpreter for the deaf
  • Ramp
  • TTY
  • Wheelchair



Fees for some services, based on family's ability to pay. Medi-Cal, Healthy Families/Healthy Kids and private insurance accepted.


Youth age 11-18 and families


Ward of the Juvenile Court or subject of pending criminal action

How to Apply:

Referral from probation officer or detention facility, self-referral in person or by phone, and third-party referral. Release of information and authorization by Juvenile Court necessary for evaluation.

Service Wait Estimate:


Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County