Free Test for Teens

McAlister Institute has begun an initiative to help combat one of San Diego’s largest and most dangerous public health concerns: teen drug abuse. With funding support from the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, McAlister Institute’s Teen Recovery Centers, along with partner agencies will now offer a free initial drug test for teens in the San Diego region. The no-cost drug tests link teens and their families to an important community resource, answering questions like, “What do we do when we think our teen has been using drugs?” or “Where do we go when our teen is in need of help?”

For more information, read the full press release or call/visit a location below:


  • McAlister Institute - North Central TRC
    7625 Mesa College Drive, Suite 115-b 
    San Diego, CA 92111
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 10:00am - 6:30pm

  • McAlister Institute - East TRC
    El Cajon location:
    550 Fesler Street, Suite G3
    El Cajon, CA 92020
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 10:30am - 7:00pm

    La Mesa location:

    4495 Dale Avenue, Suite 100
    La Mesa, CA 91941

  • Mental Health Systems - North Inland TRC
    340 Rancheros Drive, Suite 166
    San Marcos, CA 92069
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 9:00am - 6:00pm

    McAlister Institute - North Coastal TRC
    3923 Waring Road, Suite D
    Oceanside, CA 91056
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 10:00am - 7:00pm

  • McAlister Institute - South TRC
    Chula Vista location:
    629 Third Avenue, Suite C
    Chula Vista, CA 91910
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 10:00am - 6:30pm

    San Ysidro location:
    3065 Beyer Boulevard, Suite B-103
    San Diego, CA 92154


About the Teen Centers

McAlister Institute’s Teen Recovery Centers offer individualized outpatient treatment and recovery services, specifically designed for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. From drug misuse and abuse to addiction, services are tailored to meet each adolescent’s needs. Referrals are accepted from teens, parents, guardians, schools, the courts, police, social service agencies, mental and medical health agencies, and juvenile probation, and all fees are based on a sliding scale to ensure no one is denied treatment.



1400 North Johnson Avenue, Suite 101
El Cajon, CA 92020

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