TIDES Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much does it cost?
For Medi-Cal clients that
exhibit Socially/Emotionally Disturbed behavior the TIDES program is free of
cost. Those with no insurance will pay a fee based on income and family size.
What are the enrollment
Students who are struggling with
emotional or behavioral problems at school, home or in the community AND have
either full scope Medi-Cal insurance that exhibit Socially/Emotionally
Disturbed behavior, or no insurance.
When and where would my child be
Your child can be seen at their
school during school hours or at the TIDES office on 4394 30th street,
San Diego CA 92104 after school hours. Appointments with caregivers are
provided at the school site or at the TIDES office.
What are the qualifications of
the TIDES therapists?
TIDES therapist have a Master’s
level degree in Marriage and Family Therapy or Social Work. Therapists are
either licensed or registered interns with the Board of Behavioral Sciences
that are supervised by an AAMFT-approved Clinical Supervisor.
I think my child needs to be on
medication, do you prescribe?
The TIDES program has a
psychiatrist that does medication evaluations and monitoring. The TIDES
psychiatrist collaborates with the therapist, family, and student regarding the
appropriateness of medication.
My child’s teacher told me my
kid has ADHD, does she/he need medication?
While teachers may have a lot of
knowledge on your child’s daily behaviors in class, they are not an expert on
your child’s mental health. It is important for you to get your child evaluated
by a Mental Health Professional with experience in working with children.
Medication is a personal decision decided by the caregiver, child, and child’s
My child is acting
up/misbehaving in school, can you help?
Yes, the TIDES programs assists
students and their family in better understanding and managing behaviors at
school, home, and in the community.
Do you accept private insurance?
No. The TIDES program only
accepts Medi-Cal and those with no insurance.
How do I sign my child up for
You can speak to your child's'
school counselor or teacher and inquire about signing up for the TIDES program
or contact the TIDES program directly by clicking here or calling 619-281-8313.
If my child is a TIDES
participant can my other children be part of therapy too?
Your child that is a TIDES
participant may invite other family members such as siblings, parents, and
extended family members to participate in the therapeutic process. However, any
family members not enrolled in the TIDES program need to be enrolled separately
in order to receive individualized therapy services. See enrollment
At which schools is the TIDES
program offered? What if my child is not at one of your school sites?
TIDES programming is offered at
the following schools:
Schools: Birney, Clay, Perkins, Sherman, Ocean Beach, King Chavez Primary, King
Chaves Arts & Athletics,
Schools: Roosevelt, King Chavez Preparatory
Schools: San Diego High School
If your child attends a school
that is not listed but meets the requirements for the program, they can be seen
as a community client at the TIDES office.
What kinds of problems do you
TIDES works with students who
are struggling with emotional or behavioral problems at school, home, or in the
community. These may include: Defiance, disruptive behavior, aggressive
behaviors, grief, hyperactivity, traumatic experiences, conflict with family or
peers, domestic violence, family separation/divorce process, adjustment issues,
emotional problems, etc.
Do you help with tutoring?
No. TIDES is not an academic
tutoring program. TIDES assists with behaviors and emotional problems. The
TIDES Case Manager may assist you with finding the appropriate resources for
Do you work with families that
have an open CPS case? (TERM Approved)
Yes, TIDES therapist are TERM
approved, meaning they meet the requirements to work with students and families
requiring therapy by Child Welfare Services.
Do you have parenting classes?
The TIDES program does not
currently offer parenting classes. TIDES therapist may assist
parents/caregivers in parenting techniques during therapy sessions.
I think my teen is using alcohol
and/or drugs, can you help?
TIDES therapists can assist your
teen in developing decision-making skills and exploring the underlying reasons
for using alcohol and/or drugs. Those that require additional treatment for
alcohol and/or drug use will be referred to appropriate agencies in the
Are you employed by the school?
No. We are YMCA employees. TIDES
is county funded Medi-Cal EPSDT (Early Prevention, Diagnostics and Treatment)
Do you tell school
officials/teachers what is said in therapy sessions?
No. Therapists adhere to strict
confidentiality. Therapists do not disclose personal information to school
officials/teachers. Therapists may assist teachers or school officials by
offering tips and suggestions on how to respond to your child’s behaviors at
How do you collaborate with
Therapists collaborate with
school officials/teachers by offering suggestions/tips on responding to your
child’s behaviors, they may attend IEP, SST meetings, and they may assist
parents with advocating on behalf of their child.
Do you have appointments
available in the evenings?
Yes, appointments are available
in the evenings at the TIDES office.
What if my child changes
schools, can they still receive therapy?
Your child may continue to have
therapy through the TIDES program by attending appointments at the TIDES
Will my child miss too much
classroom instruction if he is attending therapy during school hours?
TIDES Therapists collaborate
with teachers on when to see your child. The TIDES program has a collaborative
relationship with your child’s school and their teachers. Therapists keep your
child's academic success in mind when taking them out of class.