Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) for Children, Youth and Young Adults
Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) is an intensive, individualized, one-to-one behavioral coaching program available to children/youth up to age 21 that 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 their parents/caregivers learn strategies and skills to increase the kinds of behavior that will allow them to be successful in their current environment and learn new ways of reducing and managing challenging behaviors. TBS is not a stand alone service. It is used to support 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:
1. Experiencing behaviors that they find hard to manage and 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 first sent to County TBS and then forwarded to TBS providers 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) 563-2756 Mon-Fri 8-5pm
TBS Program Brochure (English)
TBS Program Brochure (Spanish)
State Department of Mental Health TBS website