Promoting Health and Wellness Throughout the Life Span

What We Do

The Next Steps program is provided in collaboration with NAMI San Diego, Mental Health Systems, and Family Health Centers of San Diego. Next Steps is a peer and family support program based at the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital and open to adults 18 years and over who are facing mental health, substance use and physical health challenges. The program offers individualized service plans that help connect clients transitioning out of the mental health system with community resources, employment coaching, housing assistance, outpatient clinics and more. 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.

Who We Serve

Adults 18 years of age or older who are experiencing mental health and substance abuse disorders. Family members are also eligible to receive support. Referrals are accepted from the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital and County operated mental health centers. To learn more about the program, call 619-232-6454 x817.

Funded by the County of San Diego


Program Manager

May Vang

May Vang, BS

May Vang is a seasoned mental health professional who double majored in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Her degree led her to the non-profit mental health arena where she feels passionately about providing direct services to underserved communities and populations. May has worked for UPAC over 26 years. She is a family member of a loved one who lives with mental health challenges, so she uniquely understands and has a deep compassion for this population. May is a strong believer of the mental health recovery model and strengths-based services.

1031 25th Street
San Diego, CA 92102
Tel: (619) 232-6454 x817