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 two partnering agencies – Mental Health Systems and Phoenix House – 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
    7867 Convoy Court, Suite 302
    San Diego, CA 92111
    (858) 277-4633
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 10:00am - 6:30pm

    McAlister Institute - Central North TRC
    4001 El Cajon Boulevard, Suite 206
    San Diego, CA 92105
    (619) 280-2300
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 10:00am - 6:30pm

    McAlister Institute - Central South TRC
    1212 South 43rd Street, Suite C
    San Diego, CA 92113
    (619) 263-7768
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 10:00am - 6:30pm

  • McAlister Institute - East County North TRC
    550 Fesler Street, Suite G-3
    El Cajon, CA 92020
    (619) 588-5361
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 10:30am - 7:00pm

    McAlister Institute - East County South TRC
    7800 University Avenue, Suite A-1
    La Mesa, CA 91942
    (619) 465-4349
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 10:30am - 7:00pm

  • McAlister Institute - North Rural TRC
    323 Hunter Street, Suite 105
    Ramona, CA 92065
    (760) 788-6520
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 10:30am - 7:00pm

    Mental Health Systems - North Inland TRC
    340 Rancheros Drive, Suite 166
    San Marcos, CA 92069
    (760) 744-3672
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 9:00am - 6:00pm

    Phoenix House - North Coastal TRC
    785 Grand Avenue, Suite 220
    Carlsbad, CA 92008
    (760) 729-2830
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 10:00am - 7:00pm

  • McAlister Institute - South Bay East TRC - East Lake
    2429 Fenton Street, Building 5
    Chula Vista, CA 91914
    (619) 482-9300
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 10:00am - 6:30pm

    McAlister Institute - South Bay TRC - Central Location
    629 3rd Avenue
    Chula Vista, CA 91910
    (619) 691-1045
    Hours: 10:00am - 6:30pm

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 N Johnson Ave Suite 101
El Cajon, CA 92020
619 442-0277

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