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For over 20 years, Homes for Kids (HFK) has been matching qualified, caring foster parents with foster infants, toddlers, and children to age 18. HFK works with placement agencies, social workers, therapists, foster parents and biological parents (when indicated) to ensure proper management of each child’s needs. With HFK you will receive the best services and the highest level of support that will enhance the extraordinary experience of foster parenting.
9081 Soquel Drive Aptos, CA 95003 [ CO, FY, HW ]
The Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Branch of C.H.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with ADHD) hosts monthly support group meetings for anyone affected by the challenges of Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to share resources and get support. The Parent Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and Adults with ADHD meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. All meetings are from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Dr., Aptos, California. CONTACT: Judy Brenis, email@example.com, 831.684.0590 or visit the web site.
Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Dr., Aptos, California. [ CO, HW, PS ]
The After-School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education (ASPIRE program) at El Camino Hospital is designed to provide meaningful and effective treatment for teenage youth who are experiencing anxiety, depression, or other symptoms related to a mental health condition. The program takes a holistic view of the young person’s life situation and encourages participation and education for youth and their families. Emotional wellness is the primary goal of the program. Families are trained to provide a validating and supportive environment. The types of treatment include the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy, expressive arts and also dialectical behavioral therapy. Individuals undergoing treatment will learn a language of wellness that is relevant to their needs. Services in the program are in addition to the services of a child-adolescent trained psychiatrist who provides assessment/diagnosis and leadership through active participation in team sessions. Treatment plans, using an interdisciplinary model, include the goals of both the young person and his/her family.
825 Pollard Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos, CA 95032 [ CO, HW, Q ]
Al-Anon is a support group for friends & relatives of alcoholics. Alateen is a support group for teenagers affected by someone’s alcohol/drug abuse. Call for current meeting schedule. On-call members for people who need someone to talk to right away. Spanish classes are available.
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12 Step program and support group for alcoholics and problem drinkers. The only requirement is desire to stop drinking. Bilingual groups at Si Se Puede, Barrios Unidos, Groupo Albarada.
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An ongoing, weekly, new mom and infant sharing and support group offered at no charge. Facilitated by an OB nurse and lactation consultant. 763-6015
75 Nielson Street Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, FN, HW, PS ]
Youth Services Counselor based at Barrios. Alcohol & drug related support group.
A bilingual and culturally sensitive program, personalized to meet the individual needs of youth and to enhance the strengths and assets of each family. We provide individual, group, and family counseling for youth and families facing the challenges that arise in the process of growing up. http://www.barriosunidos.net 831-457-8208
1817 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ CO, G, M, PS, SS ]
The Bay Area Children's Association (BACA) is a evidence-based, multi-disciplinary mental health care facility serving children, adolescents, young adults and their families. BACA offers outpatient services as well as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). BACA offers a young adult IOP, adolescent IOP and latency-aged IOP.
1175 Saratoga Avenue, Suite 14, San Jose CA 95129; 111 Myrtle Street, 3rd Floor, Oakland CA 94607. [ CO, HW, PS ]
A youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, social, and character development of girls and boys ages 6-18. Director: Tom O'Rourke 831-423-3138 ext. 21
543 Center Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, M, REC, SE ]
A coming-of-age program for adolescent boys ages 10-17, that fosters nature awareness, personal growth, and social skills. 831-768-7089 firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 Eureka Canyon Rd. Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, M, REC ]
A referral service to locate licensed Marriage and Family therapist in Santa Cruz County. On-call therapist will return call. Not an emergency service. Can refer to bilingual services. 429-7786.
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We are a State agency that provides services to assist individuals with disabilities to become employed. We provide a wide range of services which are based on the individual's needs, interests, aptitudes and previous work experience. Services include but are not limited to: assistance with job search, bus passes, assistive technology, training, clothing and tools required for work.
1350 41st Avenue, Suite 101, Capitola, CA 95010 [ CO, SE ]
Provides assistance to low income families with children (can include unborn children), including cash aid; employment and training services; and supportive services such as child care, transportation, work expenses and counseling. Bilingual services. 1-888-421-8080
1020 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 18 West Beach Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, DC, FN, FY, HW, H, SE ]
A 6 day camping experience for children ages 8-10 who have been referred by social workers from Family & Children's Services. There is no charge to the camper. He/she is covered by insurance from the time he/she is picked up until he/she is returned. 1-800-750-2267
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A fellowship of men and women who come together to obtain freedom from addiction to cocaine and other mind-altering substances. Go to their website for specific meeting information.
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Free information and referral for battered women; teen violence preventions programs. Self-defense classes for girls, teens, women, and seniors are offered at a nominal charge- no one turned away because of lack of funds. Pre-register for self-defenses classes through parks and recreations. 831-420-5363
809 Center Street, Room 10 Santa Cruz, CA. 95060 [ CO, LS, M, REC ]
Services include parent education, community building, transportation for elderly and disabled, nutrition education and food coupons, home delivered meals for seniors, and more. Programs include: Beach Flats Community Center, Meals on Wheels, Lift Line, Live Oak Family Resource Center, La Manzana Community Resources, WIC, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and five Child Development Centers. email@example.com
236 Santa Cruz Ave Aptos, CA [ CO, FN ]
Santa Cruz Community Prevention Partners are dedicated to building a diverse community that promotes health and well being, and enhances youth and community safety through sustainable alcohol and drug prevention efforts. Phone (831) 454-5007 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Provides housing, treatment, case coordination, and peer support services that support and educate mental health consumers and their families. (831) 459-0444
542 Ocean Street Santa Cruz, CA [ CO, HW, H, M, PS, SPED ]
Mediation services – free, confidential, flexible pay scale; group facilitation; trainings & workshops. Also provide victim-Offender dialogue program, as well as Girl Space (program for young women in the justice system to prepare for reintegration with families). Bilingual services in Watsonville. (831) 475-6117
1414 Soquel Ave #218 Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ CO, M ]
Bilingual services available. The Access Team is available 24 hours a day for Santa Cruz County residents to access hospitalization in a psychiatric crisis. Based upon the results. of an assessment, the team’s care managers will link individuals and their families to the most appropriate services available. Individuals meeting the System of Care criteria (i.e., having trouble with serious and persistent mental illnesses) are referred to one of several coordinated care treatment terms based in Santa Cruz or Watsonville. 831-454-4170
1430 Freedom Blvd. Watsonville, CA 95076 , 1080 Emeline Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ CO ]
Emergency assessment and intake for suicidal behavior and serious psychiatric emergencies. Evaluates for acute in-patient psychiatric hospitalization. Medical translation services available.
1555 Soquel Dr Santa Cruz, CA 95065 [ CO, HW ]
Information, referrals, support groups, and other services for youth and adults with disabilities. Services for disabled children in the classroom and at home. Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30opm. (831) 684-2166
9010 Soquel Drive, Suite 1, Aptos, CA 95003 [ CO, HW, PS, SPED ]
Transition Age Youth Programs serve current and former foster and probation placement youth ages 15-24. We provide an array of programs and services including counseling, skills building, a resource center, and subsidized supportive housing. Our mission is to support and empower youth in making a healthy transition into successful adulthood.
380 Encinal St #200, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, FN, FY, HW, H, M, REC, SS, SE ]
Encompass Community Services provides a broad spectrum of social services that heal, connect and nurture the mental, educational and social well being of 8,000 children, individuals and families annually. Empowering youth and families to succeed - Youth Services offers a broad spectrum of services that help heal and nurture the mental and social well-being of children, youth and families. In collaboration with other non-profits, courts, schools, funders and families, we support the vitality of our community and its future.
Our professional staff is skilled in addressing difficulties related to emotional turmoil, struggles at school and at home, substance abuse, and juvenile justice involvement. We are committed to ensuring that youth and families are supported in building the relationships they need to be self-reliant and successful.
All services are provided in English and Spanish except as noted.
What is the Cost? Fees are on a sliding scale based on income. Medi-Cal insurance accepted in many of our programs. No charge for school-based and some substance abuse services.
Youth Services' Mission - The mission of Youth Services is to provide culturally relevant services to Santa Cruz County youth and families, in collaboration with other community organizations. These services are designed to address the developmental and emotional needs of our clients while supporting them in creating and maintaining positive roles in their communities.
Santa Cruz: 709 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Phone: (831) 429-8350. Watsonville: 241 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076. Phone: (831) 688-8856. [ CO, FY, Q ]
Ending the Silence is a 50-minute program designed for middle and high school audiences. It is typically presented in the freshman/sophomore health classes during the mental health portion of the curriculum. This transformational program is devoted to giving students an opportunity to learn about mental illness through an informative PowerPoint, short videos, and personal testimony. Through the presentation, students learn symptoms and indicators of mental illness, and are given ideas about how to help themselves, friends, or family members who may be in need of support.
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Free legal advice and counseling, information and referral line. Sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, employment, disability, or student issues. Telephone counseling. Bilingual services available. 415.621.0672
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The FPC provides treatment and supportive services to families who are involved with the Human Services Department Family and Children's Services (HSD/FCS) Division due to parental substance abuse. email@example.com
1 Second Street, Room 300 Watsonville, CA 95076, [ CO, HW, LS, PS ]
General, family, and group counseling for groups, individuals, couples and families. Sliding fee scale. Bilingual receptionist Mon - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Santa Cruz. Also provides rainbow counseling for LGBT clients. Bilingual services offered. Phone: 831-423-9444, Fax: 831-423-1532
104 Walnut Ave., Suite 208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ CO, Q ]
We assist with mostly one-time critical needs for those from ages birth through twenty. Typically, our applicants need medical, dental, vision or educational assistance. All applications are brought to the Board of Directors for consideration. Our Board consists of those in professions of education, children's attorney, neo-natal pediatrics, social work and nutrition for women, children and infants. We are an all-volunteer organization making a difference in our community one child at a time.
P.O. Box 891, Capitola, CA 95010 [ A, CO, FN, FY, HW, H, Q, REC ]
The California Friday Night Live (FNL) Program was developed in 1984 in Sacramento by theCalifornia Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). It began as a pilot program dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by teen motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. During the first years of the program the youth involved were organized into high school-based student action groups, later renamed FNL Chapters. The success rate was so great that in 1988, ADP established a statewide office to facilitate the expansion of the program to youth throughout California. By 1990, the number of counties with the FNL Program had increased 300% and the main focus of the program began to shift from one of preventing drinking and driving among teens to one of promoting healthy lifestyles free of alcohol, tobacco, or other substance abuse among youth.
1400 Emeline Ave, Bldg K Santa Cruz, CA 95060, 1430 Freedom Boulevard, Suite 101 Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, M, REC, SS ]
Head Start supports school readiness and promotes healthy families through delivery of education, health and social services. Early Head Start (EHS) enrolls low-income families with infants and toddlers. The pre-natal months and the first three years of life are periods of incredible growth in all areas of a baby's development. (831) 688-3802
225 Westridge Drive Watsonville, CA 95076 [ A, CO, FN, HW ]
Assistance and referrals to low cost health coverage program for children and teens that pays for medical, dental, vision, mental health, and alcohol substance abuse services. Bilingual services available. 831-763-8568 (Watsonville) or 831-454-2515 (Santa Cruz)
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Services focus on supporting family caregivers through resources and education. Includes respite care, family consultation, legal consultation, counseling, support groups, and workshops. Services are free or on a low cost sliding scale. Bilingual services available. M-F 9am-5pm. (831) 459-6639
1537 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ CO, FN, HW, LS ]
HIV Testing Hotline
Free, confidential HIV testing. Information on locations and times. Free or low cost services for HIV positive. This service is part of the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency. Bilingual services available. 1-800-273-2437
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Bereavement support groups for adults and children, general hospice, and death/dying support. Bilingual services available. Open M-F 8am-5pm.. 831.430.3000.
940 DISC DRIVE, SCOTTS VALLEY, CA 95066 [ CO ]
HPHP works along side homeless adults and youth through case management during times of need or crisis. They offer supplies, information, and referrals to other services. (831) 454-2080
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The Independent Living Program (ILP) assists current and former foster and probation placement youth aged 15-21 to develop independent living skills and achieve educational/vocational goals to successfully transition to self-sufficiency. ILP services include one-on-one counseling, assistance with obtaining ID Cards, Driving Permits, and Licenses, and weekly workshops at Cabrillo College on topics such as money management, personal health, finding independent housing, and obtaining financial aid for college. ILP also has a Rewards program that offers youth incentives for pursuing their education and participating in extra-curricular activities. NOTE: There is a specific protocol for working with ILP students. Check in with supervisors prior to contacting ILP.
542 Ocean Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, FY, SE ]
Mood Matters Mental Health Client Action Network (MHCAN)
Mood Matters is a weekly, drop-in, peer support discussion group for persons with depression or bipolar disorder. Family and friends are welcome. There are no dues or fees. Meets — Mondays 6:00pm – 8:00pm. 1051 Cayuga Street, Santa Cruz, CA For more information contact: Steve Wiesinger 831-246-1893 Jesika 408-489-6377
1051 Cayuga Street, Santa Cruz, CA [ CO, PS, SPED ]
NAMI Santa Cruz County offers support and classes for families of children with mental illness and for young adults who have mental illness. Our website lists local resources, support groups, peer and parent education classes and community events. We offer classes in the fall and spring that teach families the basic information necessary to take the best care possible of their child, their family, and themselves. The class covers the impact that mental illness has on the child living with the illness and the entire family; and provides tools to use even after completing the program that will assist in making the best decisions possible for the care of the child. For more information visit our website or call (831) 427-8020.
Old Sashmill, 303 Potrero, Bldg 42, Suite 103, Santa Cruz. 523-B Capitola Ave., Capitola, CA 95010. [ CO, PS ]
What is Nar-Anon? The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. As a Twelve-Step Program, we offer our help by sharing our experience, strength, and hope. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Our program of recovery is adapted from NA and uses our Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts. What is a Nar-Anon Family Group? The Nar-Anon Family Group is for those who know the feeling of desperation due to the addiction problem of someone close to them. Members share their experiences, strength, and hope at weekly meetings, which are usually held at locations such as treatment and community centers, hospitals, churches, or local twelve-step clubs.
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Advocacy and referral services. Distributes food and clothing on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Bilingual and bicultural services available. (831) 423-5747
711 E Cliff Dr Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ CO, FN, LS, M ]
Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA) is a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing education, training, and counseling and prevention services to students, families, and staff of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD). By helping prevent criminal behavior, gang involvement, truancy and school dropout, and drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, PVPSA improves the quality of life in our community and its schools.
335 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, G, HW, PS, SS ]
PAPÁS is a community-based social justices program raising awareness for social change while engaging in action-oriented activities that lead to progressive social transformation. We are providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services that strengthen family relationships, help fathers/father-figures become more involved with their children, and provide a more positive environment for the children’s social-emotional development. Our mission is to honor and promote fathers and father-figures through advocacy and education to support their role in strengthening family and community relationships. In addition to providing direct services, we actively promotes awareness and education that builds social consciousness around the importance of having father friendly services, social service agencies, and a supportive community. "Kids and dads need each other, have you supported a dad today?"
225 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076; 1025 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ A, CO, G, HW, LS, M, PS, SS ]
Parental Stress 24/7 Hotline
This presentation focuses on helping school professionals and families better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents and how best to intervene. It also covers the lived experience of mental illnesses and how schools can best communicate with families. It has been presented at Teacher In-service, Parent Meetings and Parent/Family meetings. Presentation can be modified to fit time slot. The full presentation is 1.5 hours but we have given a modified version in as little as 45 minutes.
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Helps families with children who have special needs through support groups and referrals. They also have a lending library, as well as an education and tech department.
1400 Parkmoor Avenue Suite 100 San Jose, CA 95126 [ CO, PS ]
An intensive, independent project that engages students' interests, betters the world in some way, and helps them stand out to top universities. Students can either choose to utilize the director's help with every aspect of planning, or learn to do it themselves. Students can also take fully WASC and UC A-G accredited one-on-one classes, each of them taught by dedicated teachers who are experts in their fields, passionate about their work, and focused on engaging children with a high degree of interactivity.
2392 North Rodeo Gulch Road, Soquel CA 95073 [ A, CO, M, PS, SE ]
12 Step12 tradition program of recovery for adults of any sexual orientation and support group. The only qualification to be a member is the desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and live addiction. http://slaasantacruz.org/ 831-218-1762 ext.1: Women Only 831-218-1762 ext.2: Men Only
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Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit counseling center in Santa Cruz & Los Gatos, California. Our goal is to provide high quality yet affordable psychotherapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups. We provide services on a sliding scale, meaning that our fees are based upon your income.
305 Soquel Ave. Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95062; 315 Los Gatos Saratoga Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95030. [ CO, HW, PS ]
Parent-to-parent support, networking, and resource information over the phone and educational workshops for parents of children of all ages with special needs. P.O. Box 2367, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 (831)722-2800 firstname.lastname@example.org
P.O. Box 2367, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 [ A, CO, PS, SPED ]
Suicide Crisis Hotline
A hotline for anyone who is contemplating or has suicidal thoughts, knows someone who they believe is suicidal, or has any other kind of emotional crisis. Open to Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties. 831-458-5300
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Survivors Healing Center offers group therapy to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Support groups are available for women and men as well as for teenage girls and boys.
104 Walnut Avenue, Suite 208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ CO, HW, PS ]
The Lotus Collaborative is a holistic health and recovery center for eating disorders. We specializing in eating, weight, exercise, and nutrition concerns including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, orthorexia, and compulsive exercising. We provide partial hospitalization services, intensive outpatient services, free eating disorder support groups, family therapy, nutritional counseling and transitional living. Our Free Support Groups are open to anyone in the community struggling with an eating disorder, as well as those supporting a loved one who is struggling. We serve teens (14+) and adults — female, male and transgender from Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Jose and San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. More information about our free supports groups can be found on our website.
701 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 1610 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123. [ CO, FN, HW, M, PS ]
Tyler House is a residential dual-diagnosis treatment program for teens with drug and alcohol issues. Through daily participation in counseling and structured activities, Tyler House residents learn to understand and address the issues that have contributed to their emotional struggles and substance use. Bilingual counselors and mental health professionals provide support, education and guidance to help teens meet their individual goals to get sober. The program lasts for four to six months and is for teens age 14 - 17. Call (831) 688-6293 x117 for more information.
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The Smith Renaissance Society, a program with many years of success, offers academic and financial support services for independent UC Santa Cruz students. It also provides a strong social network of mentors and peers to help students reach their academic goals. The Smith Renaissance Society reaches out to independent high school and community college students.
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 [ A, CO, FY, HW, H, M, REC, SE ]
24 hour domestic violence hotline (bilingual). Individual and group counseling, peer counseling, education, safe-house for survivors, legal services, and accompaniment to court. No Cost. http://wawc.org Address: 303 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95060 1-866-269-2559
303 Walnut Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95060 [ CO, H, LS ]
The Police Activities League is a youth crime prevention program that relies on educational, athletic, and other recreational activities to cement a bond among police officers, recreation leaders, youth and their parents.
130 Rodriguez Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, FY, G, HW, M, PS, REC, SS, SE ]
WINGS group – Suicide Prevention Services
Group grief support for adults grieving the death of a loved one due to suicide. WINGS (Warm Interactions Navigating the Grief of Suicide) group meets in Santa Cruz. Call the administrative line listed for more information about the group. (831) 459-9373
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Women for Sobriety Community Room
Organization whose purpose is to help all women recover from problems with drinking.
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Domestic violence/sexual assault response and advocacy. 24 hour counseling available for rape survivors. Accompaniment to hospital, police, and court. Pick-up available. Offers alternatives to police intervention. Confidential shelter for battered women & their Children. Services are free or low cost. 9am-5pm M-F. Bilingual and Bicultural services available. (831) 722-4532
233 E Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, H, LS ]