Referring a Child

Who we accept referrals from.
What are the qualifications.
What to do if the child qualifies.
What to do if the child doesn’t qualify.

We accept referrals from:

  • school nurse and health assistant
  • health clinics
  • community agencies

Qualifying children are:

  • in urgent need of dental care (pain or infection),
  • age 5-18 years,
  • receiving or eligible for free or reduced school lunch,
  • without resources for dental care (this means no insurance, including Denti-Cal)

If the child qualifies:

1. Call Share the Care at 619-692-8858, Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-3:30pm; Friday: 8:30am-12:00pm

Have ready:

  • child’s name, birthdate, dental problem
  • parent/guardian name, address (zip code necessary), phone number, and language spoken
  • availability of transportation
  • need for translator
  • your name, school/agency/organization, phone number, and fax number

2. STC will then locate a dentist and make an appointment after speaking with the parent or guardian.

  • Referral source will be notified of the appointment.
  • Dentist will make any subsequent appointments directly with family.

Other important information:

  • Child must be accompanied by parent/guardian.
  • A”no-show”, cancellation, or arriving late can result in no assistance from the program. Please help educate the parent/guardian about the importance of keeping the appointment and arriving promptly.
  • Family is responsible for purchase of any needed prescriptions.

What happens if a child doesn’t qualify?

  • Contact Share the Care at 619-692-8858 for a list of low-cost dental care resources.
  • Have client call Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program for
    assistance in locating low-cost dental and medical care 619-692-8808 (North
    County: 1-800-675-2229)
  • Have client call San Diego Kids Health Assurance Network (SD-KHAN) at
    1-800-675-2229 for referrals to low-cost dental and medical insurance.