Screening & Assessment


As a leader in psychiatric care, Vista del Mar Hospital is committed to providing safe and secure psychiatric inpatient care for adolescents (ages 12 to 17 years of age). During this time, some adolescents experience disabling symptoms such as:
Depression and Hopelessness
Self-Injury or Suicidal Behavior
Rebellion, Defiance or Aggression
Alcohol and/or Substance Abuse

The purpose of Vista del Mar Hospital’s Adolescent Inpatient Unit is stabilization and safety. The treatment team’s goal is to stabilize and deal with the crisis by reducing the symptoms to help adolescents develop more appropriate coping and social skills. Vista del Mar Hospital serves the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

For more information or to speak with someone in our assessment and referral department, please call (805) 653-6434 or click Here for more information.


An outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program, designed for youth ages 12-18 and their families, is available through SLO Drug and Alcohol Services. In the Youth and Family Program, families can participate in 4- 6 hours of treatment per week; this  includes: group counseling, family counseling, drug education, parenting education, and multi-family sessions. Evening hours are available.

Please call for an assessment appointment.
Atascadero Center
3556 El Camino Real, Atascadero
(805) 461-6080
Grover Beach Center
1523 Longbranch Avenue, Grover Beach
(805) 473-7080
San Luis Obispo Center
2180 Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo
(805) 781-4275

Please contact our access line at 1 (800) 838-1381 for information or to schedule an appointment. All services are available in Spanish.


Children’s Assessment Center
The Children’s Assessment Center provides assessment and treatment strategies for children at high risk for health and behavioral health problems.
Martha’s Place utilizes a comprehensive system of tools and procedures to identify, assess, refer and treat children who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol and other drugs and/or who are exhibiting at-risk behaviors that may interfere with normal development. The  goal is to facilitate appropriate interventions to support each child in reaching their full potential, to enter school ready and able to learn, and to be emotionally well-developed.
Children referred to Martha’s Place undergo a comprehensive assessment of their medical, cognitive, behavioral, social, educational, and emotional development, as well as their family relationships. Services for children include: a medical examination, cognitive, psychological, behavioral, emotional and social evaluations, mental health therapy, occupational therapy, sensory integration, family support, parent education and case management.
2925 McMillan Avenue, Unit 108
San Luis Obispo
(805) 781-4948
Martha’s Place Brochure
Referral Form


Monarch Behavior Solutions provides high quality child behavior therapy, consultation, and parent training. Based in the science of Applied Behavior Analysis and the fundamentals of child development, services are individualized and monitored to ensure that your child transforms. Whether your child exhibits severe problem behaviors, disruptive tantrums, has difficulties socially, or sometimes just “doesn’t listen,” Monarch can help.
Monarch provides common sense approaches to everyday behavioral challenges. With individual attention and coaching every step of the way, we promise that you’ll be empowered. For more information:


FREE Early Intervention Services for Children Ages 3-5, living in the Lucia Mar School District
Your child may need a screening if they show some of the following warning signs: difficulty being understood, difficulty producing many speech sounds, inability to follow simple directions by age 2, limited use of words, one or two word combinations instead of short/simple sentences by age 3, delays in motor skills, and delays in socialization.

PEP will provide a developmental screening to determine if further assessment is needed.
If services are indicated, PEP may provides services in: speech and language development, pre-academics, fine and/or gross motor skills, socialization and transition skills for kindergarten (typically at the child’s neighborhood school).

Please call for an appointment if you have any concerns about your child, 805.473.3000, extension 1148