Community Resources

San Marcos Unified School District 

Community Resources: SMMS Edition

Disclaimer: San Marcos Unified School District assumes no responsibility for the payment, services rendered, or admission into any service listed below. This is not an exhaustive resource list.

General Resources

San Diego County Office of Education, includes resources and links to helpful websites. 

211, All-purpose resource information line; Explore website or call 211 to connect to a resource specialist about needs. 

Back-to-School Mental Health Resources: Youth | Parents, Family & Friends

Mental Health Resources for Youth

Teen Guide for Mental Health and Wellness



Rock Church, Food & Diaper Distribution, Day of Distribution in San Marcos is on the first and third Thursday of the month from 12pm until supplies last.

Crossing Church: Provision SD Backpack Program, [email protected]

Lisa M. Skinner 760-580-7562, Spanish Speaking Families: Gema Cosio at 760-443-5801  

Food Resources - List of sites by 211 San Diego

Food Distributions - countywide map by Feeding San Diego

Neighborhood Distribution Program by San Diego Food Bank 

Sitios del Programa de Asistencia Alimentaria (Español)

San Diego Hunger Coalition - hub of food assistance resources in San Diego County, including food assistance programs, who are eligible, and how to apply. (Recursos en Español)

Calfresh Application: apply for monthly food subsidy in the form of an EBT debit card.

Meals on Wheels: nationwide program that provides older Americans nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks at little to no cost.

Health and Wellness

Physical Health:

TrueCare (Medi-cal or Uninsured, Sliding scale low income) 

  • To schedule an appointment, call or text 760-736-6767

  • TrueCare West San Marcos QuickCare – Now Open! Newest location conveniently located right off of CA-78 (near the Las Posas Exit).

Vista Community Health Clinic (Medi-cal or Uninsured, Sliding scale low income) 844-308-5003, (Multiple locations, same number)

Neighborhood Health Care (Medi-cal, Sliding scale low income) 760-690-5907 (Escondido), 833-867-4642 (San Marcos)

Rady’s Children’s Hospital (Medi-cal) 858-576-1700 (Multiple locations)

Mental Health: 

For counseling referrals, contact your insurance provider for a list of covered mental health providers, ask your primary care health provider or call The Access and Crisis Line 888-724-7240, available 24/7

*** If you feel you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health emergency, contact 911.  For the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline dial 988, available 24/7.

Rady’s Children Outpatient Psychiatry Clinics (Medi-cal Only) 

760-294-9270 (Escondido), 858-966-8268 (San Diego)

  Palomar Family Counseling (Medi-cal, Sliding scale low income)  

760-741-2660 (Escondido), 760-630-3505 (Vista), (760) 731-3235 (Fallbrook)

  Psychiatric Centers of San Diego - 619-528-4600 (Various San Diego locations)

  North County Lifeline (Medi-cal, Sliding scale low income), 760-757-0118 (Vista)

New Alternatives (Medi-cal or Uninsured) 760-798-0299

TURN Behavioral Health Services (formerly known as Mental Health Systems

(Medi-cal, Sliding scale low income) 858-573-2600

  LifeStance Health (formerly PsyCare) - Therapy and Psychiatry - (858) 279-1223

Emergency Evaluations Centers For Children and Adolescents:

Initial crisis assessment. Medi-Cal & most private insurance plans accepted. 

4305 University Avenue, Suite 150, San Diego, CA 92105. Phone: 858-966-5484

Open with appointments: 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday

Walk-In’s: 4 p.m.-8p.m., Monday-Friday

  • Rogers Behavioral Health in San Diego - Partial Hospitalization (Intensive Outpatient Levels of Care) 17140 Bernardo Center Dr. Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92128
    Request a screening: 888-927-2203 | Other clinic inquiries 858-716-8100 

  • California Parent & Youth Helpline, Open 8 am-8 pm Monday – Sunday to Talk by Phone to Provide Emotional Support and Referrals for Parents and Youth in both English, Spanish and other languages.

  • Domestic Violence HOTLINE: 1-800-799-7233 (TTY 1-800-787-3224)

Employment and Income Assistance

                CA Employment Development Department, Unemployment Insurance and State Disability Insurance (SDI) programs for the State of California

                Unemployment Benefits: Information and links to file for benefits in the event of job loss

                San Diego Immigration Services (ayuda para inmigrantes)

                Interfaith Community Services: Serving the unemployed, Youth, Veterans, Seniors, Homeless, Low-Income, and Families.

Child Care

                YMCA Child Care Referrals 1-800-481-2151

                San Diego County Centralized Eligibility List 1-800-521-0560 (Help for low income families with paying for childcare; may have wait list)

                San Diego for Every Child - Financial Assistance for child care services is available for children 0-12 years old and children 13-21 years old who are currently on an I Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and parent confirms child care services are needed.


                Community Law Project The Community Law Project (CLP) provides free legal information in a variety of practice areas to low income and indigent communities in ach of it each of its four clinics spread throughout San Diego County. For an intake, please call 619-780-7498.

El Community Law Project (CLP) proporciona información legal gratuita en una variedad de áreas de práctica para comunidades de bajos ingresos e indigentes en cada una de sus
cuatro clínicas ubicadas por todo el condado de San Diego. Para una consulta, llame al

                San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program | 707 Broadway, Suite 1400, San Diego, CA 92101 619-235-5656

                Legal Aid of San Diego - for low-income families, 1-877-534-2524

                San Diego Rapid Response Network, 619-536-0823, assists with immigration emergency needs (raid, arrest, checkpoint, and/or harassment);
ayuda con las necesidades de emergencia de inmigración (redada, arresto, puesto de control y / o acoso)

Housing and Shelter

                San Diego County Housing & Community Development Services

                Emergency Shelter Contact List | SHELTERS AND EMERGENCY HOUSING: SAN DIEGO AREA

                Interfaith Community Services: Housing

                Community Resource Center

Located in Encinitas. Phone: 760-753-1156. Provides Domestic Violence Services 

(hotline: 877-633-1112), Integrative Services for those experiencing homelessness, Counseling Services and Food & Nutrition Services

                One Safe Place:1050 Los Vallecitos Boulevard, San Marcos CA 92069 | (760) 290-3690

Provides free support services all under one roof to help survivors of abuse, trafficking, and victimization.


Internet, possibly free or reduced cost:


Resources for English Learners (Recursos para Aprendices de Inglés) 


                 Paper: Free Online Tutoring: Paper offers FREE online tutoring services 24/7 for students in grades 4-12. No-cost, unlimited sessions in any academic subject are


                 Virtual Homework Help (Tutoring) - San Diego Public Library (Ayuda virtual para tarea - Tutoría) Help available 6 days a week to serve K-8th grade students. 

Ayuda disponible 6 días a la semana para atender a estudiantes de grados K-8.

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