Our Mission

Regardless of your current mental health challenges, improving your quality of life and maximizing your full potential is our core focus - because you matter. 

We deliver a continuum of care that starts with a comprehensive assessment and plan that is individualized and compassionate. We work with you step by step whether the need is impatient care, crisis stabilization, outpatient care, a personalized pharmacy or home healthcare.  We provide a supportive, encouraging, patient centered family of services.  Our focus is you, the individual, meeting you where you are today with a healthier future in sight.

At Alvarado Parkway Institute, we believe every human has a unique calling and purpose for their lives. The disease of addiction can prevent people from living out their life’s purpose and maximizing their potential. Working with patients to remove the obstacle of addiction is at the heart of what matters most to us. That’s why our patients are at the heart of what matters most to us.  

Alvarado Parkway Institute… Because you matter.


Alvarado Parkway Institute Behavioral Health System is a physician owned private behavioral health system offering inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services for more than 35 years. We are dedicated to the wellness of individuals, their families and our community through prevention, intervention and treatment in a safe and culturally sensitive environment. Our culture of caring is designed to provide patients and their families with quality-driven psychiatric care and outstanding customer service. We understand the challenges, the stigma and the treatment of mental illness, and we consider it an honor and a privilege to serve those who entrust us with their care.

Our Vision

Alvarado Parkway Institute Behavioral Health System's vision is to be San Diego's premier psychiatric care provider. We set ourselves apart from other providers by offering diverse therapies, individualized treatment, power-packed programming and a continuum of care that is tailored to each patient's changing psychiatric needs. Ours is an integrated approach providing psychiatric and addictive disorder treatment through the least restrictive network of inpatient, outpatient and aftercare services.

Our Values

  • Delivery of innovative, cost effective, individualized programs.
  • Dignified, ethical, respectful treatment focusing on the best interests and rights of people.
  • Competent, well trained, caring medical and professional staff.
  • Clean, secure, safe therapeutic environment.


Licensing, Accreditation and Certifications
Alvarado Parkway Institute is:

  • Licensed by the State of California Department of Public Health
  • Accredited by the Joint Commission
  • Certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Certified by TRICARE

Accredited by the California Psychological Internship Council (CAPIC)

  • Alvarado Parkway Institute is certified for part-time and full-time pre-doctoral psychology internships


Mental Health Services & Programs 


API is recognized for its ease of access to mental health services and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient programs tailored to meet the specific needs of each patient. Our team of skilled physicians and mental health professionals  use an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to provide rich and innovative programs for treatment of psychiatric and addictive disorders. Our goal is to provide rapid stabilization and interventions that allow our patients to live happier, healthier lives.

API offers an extensive continuum of care which includes inpatient servicesoutpatient services, aftercare and the API Discovery Clubhouse.  Care begins with the very first contact we have with our patients. Whether on the phone in our Call Center or in person in our Assessment Services Department, our highly-trained professionals are ready to assess incoming patients' needs to help determine the most appropriate level of care.

We are here to help.


CEO Message

Our Commitment to the Mental Health Community

I believe API is a special organization, a healthcare team proud of our commitment to the mental health community and dedicated to serving those in need with respect, compassion, and empathy. Above all, API is an organization defined by the character and integrity of its staff and Medical Staff and the outcomes of treatment realized by patients who entrust us with their care.

As we work to serve the mental health community, to provide effective, evidence based treatment, our top priorities are patient safety, customer service and treatment outcomes. To put it simply, we strive every day for our patients to live happier and healthier lives and to leave our organization better than they found us.

API understands the healthcare market offers many options for mental health treatment.  We distinguish our level of care from others by:

  • Ease of access, expedited admission processes
  • Comprehensive continuum of care designed to match and meet patient needs
  • Competent, caring, professional staff
  • Diverse, innovative, effective treatment modalities for mental illness and addictive disorders
  • Outstanding social service support and discharge planning
  • Dignity and respect for patient rights
  • Consistent and outstanding patient satisfaction ratings

Our healthcare team strives to ensure the success of every patient who is on a journey to mental health, sobriety and wellness. We encourage family involvement in treatment. We believe in building strong relationships with community partners to coordinate patient care and further support patient outcomes.

At API, we have high standards of care. Our patients expect this of us and more importantly, we expect it of ourselves. We look forward to every opportunity to serve.

Megan Montgomery-West
Chief Executive Officer
Alvarado Parkway Institute