Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center

The Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center is located in South San Diego/Nestor and serves individuals ages 18 and older who reside in the South region area and who have serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use conditions. The program provides community-based, recovery-oriented, specialty behavioral health services that are integrated, strength-based, culturally competent, and trauma informed. Our staff partner with clients to develop goals, and we encourage clients to invite family and significant others to participate in the recovery plan. 

Services include behavioral health and psychiatric evaluations, medication management, group and individual counseling, peer support, case management, care coordination, mobile outreach, and crisis intervention. Individuals may also receive assistance with education and employment services. 

Services are provided in English and Spanish for individuals who identify as members of the Latinx community.

The programs are funded by the County of San Diego, HHSA, Behavioral Health Services.

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals 18 years and older who meet criteria for Specialty Mental Health Services and the Target Population due to a serious mental illness, including those with co-occurring substance use conditions (COD).

Medi-Cal, Medi-Cal/Medicare dual insurance, Medi-Cal-eligible, or uninsured accepted. No one is denied services based on inability to pay.

This program serves adults who reside in the South region of San Diego County.

How to Refer

Individuals, community members and providers may contact the program directly.

Each Adult Outpatient program offers walk-in admission services daily Monday through Friday. Individuals can attend walk-in hours and receive a screening to determine the appropriate level of care. Contact the program for details.

Programs and providers in the San Diego County BHS System of Care may refer directly to the program for a warm handoff.

Hospitals, Short-Term Acute Residential Treatment (START), and Justice System programs may refer clients through our Mobile Outreach Service referral procedure by contacting the program directly.

Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

Career Opportunities At Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center

CRF is a friendly, rewarding, and dynamic place to work. We believe in teamwork and collaboration throughout our organization. We are committed to our staff and their ability to learn and grow in their profession while serving others in our community.

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Employee Testimonials

“There are a ton of training opportunities at this agency for clinical staff. They have online training, classroom training, and individual and group supervision. It is a lot of work, but there is a lot of support and you can easily max out on intern hours each week. They also hire and promote from within.”

“Great benefits: Health insurance, awesome PTO, paid holidays, Supervision: Amazing. You will get your hours in no-time. High quality supervisors as well. Opportunity for growth: Since there are so many locations, it’s easy to move from clinic to clinic if you want a new challenge, different position, different location, etc. Family feel: The staff are awesome and supportive. FUN Training: They make sure that you get adequate training on important things in the field. Experience: You will see every diagnosis and learn everything you need to know about mental health from this job. Great experience for moving forward in your career.”

“Extremely valuable experience with diverse populations; free, quality clinical supervision. Meaningful ‘feel-good’ work, and supervisors are supportive.”

“I have worked [at CRF for] 2+ years and I believe in this company. We are a nonprofit so the wages are about industry average, but the benefits are incredibly generous…I feel fortunate to work with a wonderful group of people. I recommend CRF and look forward to many more years of helping make our community a better place.”