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Emergency Response

Public Schools in California are mandated under Education Code 32280 to develop a comprehensive school safety plan that is updated annually to meet emerging needs and legislative requirements. The components of a school safety plan include polices and procedures to ensure a safe and orderly campus, specialized instructional programs that promote equity, tolerance, safety, health and well-being, and a stand alone emergency crisis response plan.
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ HW, LS, SS ]

Mock Trial

Mock Trial offers students an opportunity to learn about the law and then practice it in a real-life setting - the county's courtrooms. Participating students commit a significant amount of time and effort, working several months to prepare for the late-winter event.
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, LS ]

Teen Peer Court

Teen Peer Court is a program run by teens for teens. The objective of the Teen Peer Court program is to interrupt the developing pattern of criminal behavior in referred juveniles by promoting self-esteem, motivation for self-improvement, forming a healthy attitude toward authority, and increasing education.
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, LS, REC ]

211

211 in Santa Cruz County can help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. Call today. Free. Confidential. Multilingual. Available 24/7.
Phone Only [ A, CO, FN, FY, HW, H, LS, M, PS, Q, SS, SPED, SE ]

Access for Infants and Mothers (AIM)

STATEWIDE. Low cost health insurance for pregnant women and their infants. Multi-lingual services available.
See Website [ HW, LS ]

Advocacy, Inc.

Long term care ombudsman program and patient rights advocate program. Bilingual services available. Free
5274 Scotts Valley Dr, Scotts Valley, CA 95066 [ HW, LS ]

California Children’s Services (CCS)

Specialized medical services for children under 21, who have serious medical conditions. Must meet the criteria set by the agency. Bilingual services available. 454-2540
County Office, 1430 Freedom Blvd., Suite 101, Watsonville, CA 95076. Open: 8am - 5pm, M - F, Phone (831) 763-8000 [ HW, LS ]

California Commission on Judicial Performance State Building, San Francisco.

STATEWIDE. To file a complaint against any California judge for judicial misconduct. 1-415-557-1200
Phone Only [ LS ]

California Department of Education Procedural Safeguards Referral Service

Provides technical assistance information and resources for parents, school districts, advocates, agencies and others of procedural safeguards regarding students between ages 3 and 21 with disabilities and their educational rights. 479-6431
See Website [ A, LS, PS, SPED ]

California Rural Legal Assistance, INC.

Serves very low income residents of Santa Cruz County with civil legal needs such as landlord/tenant matters, issues involving fair housing, wage and hour claims, public education issues, and public benefit denials and overpayments (Social Security, TANF, MediCal, MediCruz, In Home Support Services, etc.) 831-724-2253 (Watsonville) 831-458-1089 (Santa Cruz)
Phone Only [ LS ]

California State Bar Association

STATEWIDE. To make complaints or instigate an investigation against an attorney. Info about attorneys is available. 1-800-843-9053
Phone Only, See Website [ LS ]

Child Protective Services (CPS) Santa Cruz County

Takes reports and investigates cases of suspected abuse and neglect. Crisis counseling and referrals. Bilingual services available. (831) 454-227
See Website [ CO, LS ]

Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women

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 ]

District Attorney – Santa Cruz County

Responsible for filing and prosecuting all criminal cases in the county. Bilingual services available. 831-454-4740
701 Ocean Street, Room 200, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ LS ]

Emancipation of Youth - Youth Services

Information about the Legal Emancipation of Minors. Teen & family counseling agency designed to support youth (ages 12-21) and families in finding positive solutions to difficulties that arise during adolescence, including family conflict, school, drugs & alcohol, gangs, homelessness, runaways, and crisis situations. Bilingual services available. 425-0771 or 429-8350
Phone Only [ FY, H, LS ]

Equal Rights Advocates

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
See Website [ CO, LS ]

Family Court Mediation – Family Law Facilitators

Family court services. Court appointed mediators to help resolve custody issues (only available when court ordered, not to general public). Family Law Facilitators are available to the general public to help prepare legal paperwork in family law cases. Call the number provided (judge’s chambers) to be referred to the program. 420-2200 x 6 (Judge) 454-2012 (general court)
1 Second Street, Room 300 Watsonville, CA 95076, [ LS ]

Family Preservation Court (FPC)

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. lynn.harrison@co.santacruz.ca.us
1 Second Street, Room 300 Watsonville, CA 95076, [ CO, HW, LS, PS ]

First 5 of Santa Cruz County

They work to ensure that family-friendly services and education are available. (831) 465-2217
4450 Capitola Rd Capitola, CA 95010 [ HW, LS, PS ]

First Steps (FSA)

Families whose children have Medi-cal. Santa Cruz, please call: 831-423-9504 x500 Watsonville, please call: 831-728-9975 x201
Phoone Only, See Website [ HW, LS ]

Health Projects Center—Santa Cruz County

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 ]

Nueva Vista Community Resources

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 ]

PAPÁS, Supporting Father Involvement & Co-parenting program

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 ]

Santa Cruz County Department Of Child Support Services

The Department Of Child Support Services provides the following services: Establish court orders for paternity, child support, and medical coverage; Locate the non-custodial parent and his/her assets to enforce the court order; Maintain accounts of payments paid and past due; Modify court orders when appropriate; Enforce court orders for child, family, and medical support; and spousal support in conjunction with child support. Our services are available to all parents and/or legal guardians, we assist in providing financial assistance for the children in their care through the collection of child support.
420 May Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ HW, LS, PS ]

Translation Services La Manzana

Free assistance to low income Spanish-speaking people who need translation services and help completing government and income tax forms, employment applications, and other documents. (831) 724-2997
Phone Only [ LS ]

Valley Churches United – Missions

SCOTTS VALLEY AND SAN LORENZO VALLEY RESIDENTS. Emergency food pantry, vouchers for gas, funds for emergency rent, mortgages, and utilities as available. Very limited medical assistance. Bilingual can be arranged.
9400 HWY 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005 [ FN, H, LS, REC ]

Walnut Avenue Women's Center

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 ]

Women’s Crisis Support / Defensa de Mujeres

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 ]

Youth Resource Bank

Offer assistance for a wide variety of needs including shoes and clothing, child car seats, school supplies, job placements, mental health counseling, and dental and legal services.
See Website [ A, CO, FN, FY, G, HW, H, LS, REC, SE ]