Our behavioral health and chemical dependency services

Provide members with the support they need to get through tough times.

Effective July 1, 2019, Sharp Health Plan will manage prior authorizations for behavioral health and chemical dependency services for commercial patients, as outlined in our new behavioral health prior authorization request (PAR) guide.

Beginning July 1, all prior authorizations, admission notifications, face sheets and concurrent reviews related to behavioral health services for commercial patients only must be faxed to Sharp Health Plan at 1-619-740-8111.

Note: Psychiatric Centers at San Diego (PCSD) will continue to provide behavioral health services to Sharp Health Plan members through the PCSD network. Behavioral health services that do not require prior authorization will remain available for Sharp Health Plan members to access directly through PCSD.

   Behavioral health prior authorization guide       Referral and prior authorization request form

Sharp Health Plan provides coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders at any age and stage, as well as serious emotional disturbances in children. Some members have coverage for treatment of chemical dependency and other behavioral health conditions. 

Your patients can determine which services are covered by logging in to their Sharp Connect portal.

Sharp Health Plan supports and adheres to the California Mental Health Parity Law. Please review our Maternal Mental Health guide for more information.

Behavioral health benefits to make life better


Sharp Health Plan offers a broad range of benefits for San Diegans, including inpatient hospital services, partial hospital services, and outpatient services ordered and performed by participating behavioral health professionals.

Members have direct access to plan providers of behavioral health services without obtaining a referral from their primary care provider. However, covered behavioral health benefits must be obtained through plan providers.

We partner with Psychiatric Centers at San Diego (PCSD), one of the largest and oldest private behavioral health groups in San Diego, to help members cope with, and recover from, behavioral health problems. Call 1-877-257-7273 or visit PCSD for information about resources available to Sharp Health Plan members.

Mental health

Do you have patients ready to schedule an appointment?

Have them contact PCSD today to learn more.


Learn more about managing the needs of your patients

PCSD has developed an intensive, ongoing educational program to help practicing clinicians stay on the cutting edge of psychiatry. With their Annual Educational Conference, Case Consultation Group, and more, there are several ways to earn continuing education credits and learn how to deliver better care to our community. View PCSD clinical services.

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