The NEXT STEPS program provides outreach and engagement to peers and family members, helping you access mental health, physical health, drug/alcohol treatment, and other services as needed. Staff use our own lived-experience navigating San Diego county services to assist you with achieving your own goals in recovery, and in life. We believe that one of the best ways to find hope and strength in yourself is by actively working with your own plans for success. We want to hear your voice, and connect you with the resources you need.


NEXT STEPS is a recovery oriented peer and family support program that focuses on whole health. Working in partnership with San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital and County Behavioral Health, our staff assist participants in achieving their personally identified goals related to mental health, physical health and substance use. Drawing on their own lived experience, staff empower participants by modeling self management, assisting participants in developing self-care skills and linking them to community resources and services. Staff members provide support and encouragement and instill hope. NEXT STEPS aims to reduce the stigma related to mental illness and substance use that often creates significant barriers to recovery.

What services do we provide?

Guided by the team, participants develop a service plan which identifies the goals they would like to reach.

Services include:

  • Information on community resources
  • Linkage to community services including mental health, physical health and substance abuse services
  • Support in obtaining health insurance and other benefits
  • Health navigation services
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Peer and family support and education
Next Steps supports participants on the path to achieving their whole-health goals

Who do we serve?

NEXT STEPS serves adults 18 years of age or older including transition age youth and older adults who are experiencing challenges in the areas of mental health, substance use and physical health. NEXT STEPS also serves the family members and significant others of individuals in the program.

How do we receive referrals?

NEXT STEPS accepts referrals from San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital, County funded behavioral health programs, and County DUI programs. Anyone who requests assistance will be provided with information on community resources.

How can we help?

NEXT STEPS offers individualized services and linkage to community resources for a period of up to 90 days. The goal is to support and educate participants to successfully navigate the behavioral and physical health care systems as they reintegrate into the community.

Who is on the team?

  • Peer Specialists Family Specialists
  • Recovery Services (AOD) Counselors
  • Health Navigators
  • Licensed Clinicians
  • Registered Nurses

Our staff is diverse and includes men and women of varied ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. All services provided are gender responsive, culturally sensitive, and trauma informed.

NEXT STEPS is led by NAMI San Diego in a collaborative partnership with Family Health Centers of San Diego, Mental Health Systems Inc., and Union of Pan Asian Communities of San Diego.

NEXT STEPS is funded by the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health and the Mental Health Services Act.