Psychiatric Health Facility (Inpatient)

Who can use this service?

This service is available to individuals,18 or older, who meet medical necessity criteria as well as:

  • Individuals who, per Welfare and Institutions Code 5150, may be involuntarily detained due to indications they are, as a result of a mental disorder, a danger to self, danger to others, or may be gravely mentally disabled.
  • Inmates of the County jail who require psychiatric treatment according to Penal Code 4011.6.
  • Conserved individuals (gravely mentally disabled and permanently housed elsewhere) in need of stabilization.
  • Individuals who meet medical necessity criteria for inpatient psychiatric services may be admitted voluntarily.

PHF admission criteria is set forth in the Welfare & Institutions Code 5150, and California Code of Regulations, Title 22. Individuals are assessed by qualified professionals for admission based on the following criteria:
As a result of a mental disorder*, the individual is deemed to be:

  1. A danger to self,
  2. A danger to others, or
  3. Gravely disabled (no ability to nourish oneself, obtain clothing or shelter, no third party caregiver).

 *mental health conditions covered by CCR Title IX 1820.205

Is there a charge for this service?

Inpatient services at the Psychiatric Health Facility are free for most SLO Medi-Cal (CenCal) beneficiaries.  Individuals with private insurance are most often transferred to out-of-county alternative psychiatric treatment facilities. More information can be found at the Crestwood Behavioral Health PHF website.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available in San Luis Obispo County. Psychiatric crisis emergency services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1 (800) 838-1381. 

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Licensed by the State Department of Health Care Services.