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To address the intricate social and interpersonal mental health care needs of Native people, formal education and continuous training are essential, but not sufficient.  An understanding of intergenerational  trauma,  traditions, culture, and lifestyle is the distinguishing characteristic of the dedicated team of mental health professionals staffing IHC’s Behavioral Health Department.  The team works collaboratively to provide personalized care incorporating traditional healing practices such as ceremony, smudging, and talking circles alongside evidence-based treatments.


This full service department prioritizes accessibility and convenience, offering flexible scheduling and telehealth options.   Behavioral health’s goal is to meet the clients’ needs through an integrative approach with compassion, dignity, and professionalism.  Services are provided onsite and throughout the community to promote healing, resilience, and  well-being.

Accessible Services


Rincon Health Center

Monday - Friday

8:00am - 6:30pm

Santa Ysabel Health Center



8:00 - 4:30pm

After hours nurse advice line:

(760) 749-1410 option 1

Preventive and Chronic Care

Behavioral Health as you need it

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  • Licensed Clinicians, Associate Clinicians under supervision of a Licensed Clinicians

    • Individual,Group,Couples, Family Therapy and Psychological Assessments

  • Psychiatrists

    • Adult and child medication management

  • Certified Substance Abuse Counselors

    • Counseling Services, Educational Prevention Program, Traditional Healing​​

    • Referral to Palomar Family Counseling- Court Ordered 52 Week Program for Domestic Violence 

  • TANF Case Aide​


  • Wellbriety

    • A traditional Native version of the well-known 12-step program, which relates to the Medicine Wheel process, focused towards offering a program which respects Native Culture.

  • Many Nations Spirit Singers Group

    • Our men's group centered around healing through friendship and bonding through song and drumming.

  • Daughters of Tradition

    • Prevention education program that will enable youth (ages 12-17) to create healthy identities for themselves as young Native women.

  • Women's Empowerment Circle

    • Healthy relationships skill building and cultural crafting. Connecting women, supporting each other while creating beaded jewelry, ribbon skirts and other cultural creations.

  • Women's Resiliency Group

    • Substance use disorder support group

  • TLOC - Tribal Local Opioid Coalition

    • A safe, confidential forum for community members to voice concerns, opinions, and discuss strategies to end the opioid crisis.

  • Spiritual Unity Movement

    • Men's support group

BH Team

Integrated Health Team

At IHC we know that your health is best looked after by a team who knows you and your unique health needs. Each patient is partnered with a provider care team for continuity of care with each visit.

Integration between Behavioral Health and Medical has Evolved

IHC Medical has an embedded interventionalist in the Primary Care setting and Medical Social Worker to integrate Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) when needed. 

Collaboration with Medical for Tribal Opioid Response/MAT Program-Integrative Approach to Medical Assisted Treatment.

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High-Quality Reliable Care

AAAHC Accreditation

Accreditation as a patient centered medical home. AAAHC accreditation is recognized by third party payers, medical professional associations, state and federal agencies and the public.


IHC Maintains a Consistent Focus on Quality Improvements

IHC's Behavioral Health Department strives for the highest quality of care for our patients. To that end our Behavioral Health Team regularly participates in CQI Projects to continually improve the quality of our services.

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