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Sonoma County Transition Resources: Education or Training

A special education school and treatment center specializing in children and teens with autism and related social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.

Greenacre Homes and School
Greenacre’s services include short and long-term residential therapeutic homes, a year-round non-public school, and a vocational training/life skills program.

Lattice Foundation
Offers special day class, behavior management program, and preschool.

North County Consortium (Windsor Unified School District)
The North County Consortium consists of seven school districts. The consortium offers a variety of learning experiences and classes for preschool students to students aged 22 who have special education needs. Windsor is the lead educational agency in the consortium and takes responsibility for the programs.

Santa Rosa City Schools (SRCS): Community Work Transition Class
The SRCS Community Work Transition Class is a vocational program designed to support student growth into adulthood.

Santa Rosa Junior College – College to Career (C2C)
The College to Career Program is a three-year program designed to help students with intellectual disabilities and/or autism obtain employment in Sonoma County and in the career area of their choice. It operates in partnership with Department of Rehabilitation and the State of California Department of Developmental Services.

Santa Rosa Junior College – Disability Resources Department – Petaluma Campus
(707) 778-2491
The Disability Resources Department (DRD) facilitates equal access for qualified students to community college education through services, academic accommodations, and educational assistance in accordance with state and federal law.

Santa Rosa Junior College – Disability Resources Department – Santa Rosa Campus
The Disability Resources Department (DRD) facilitates equal access for qualified students to community college education through services, academic accommodations, and educational assistance in accordance with state and federal law.

Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Sonoma
The SELPA will provide information, resources and support to students, parents, and school staff.

Sierra School of Sonoma County
Sierra School of Sonoma County is a Non-Public special education school that provides services to students with academic and behavioral challenges in Sonoma, Marin, and Mendocino counties.

Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE)
Schools and services for special education and alternative education students who are not enrolled at district sites.

Sonoma County Office of Education: Transition Program
The Transition Program is designed to teach independent living skills, including vocational skills, to students receiving special education services, ages 18 – 22. The goal of the Transition Program is to help students become as independent as possible, including securing competitive integrated employment.

Sonoma State – Disability Services for Students (DSS)
Assists students with disabilities to have equal access to the educational environment at Sonoma State University. Students work with DSS staff members in order to implement appropriate academic accommodations and services.

Sonoma Valley Unified School District
Range of special education services and placements for qualifying students ages 3 – 22, including Workability.

Transition Fair – Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE)
At the annual Transition Fair, special education students and their families learn about the local programs and services that are available to students who are no longer eligible for school-based special education programs.

United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay (Cypress School)
Cypress School is a non-public school located in Petaluma, CA for children ages 5 – 22 with special education and behavioral needs that cannot be met in public schools. Cypress School offers transition services for students age 16 – 22.

Sonoma County Transition Resources: Supported Living

Bayberry House (Napa, Solano, Sonoma Counties)
Bayberry provides Supported Living Services (SLS) and other residential supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Lake, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma Counties. These services take place in the individual’s home.

Buckelew Programs
Services and support for individuals with mental health needs through several programs.

Center for Independent Living – Sonoma and Napa
California’s 28 Centers for Independent Living (CIL/ILC) promotes the Independent Living philosophy through education, community partnerships and advocacy.

Community Action Partnership
Help for low income families and individuals to achieve economic and social stability.

Liberty ILS
Provides Independent Living Services (ILS) and Supported Living Services (SLS).

LifeHouse – Sonoma
Provides support to individuals with disabilities, this can range from two hours per week to 24-hour care. Includes Independent Living Services (ILS).

Lighthouse Living Services – Sonoma
Independent Living Services (ILS) provider.

Little Red Wagon
Supported Living Services (SLS) provider.

North Bay Regional Center (NBRC)
North Bay Regional Center is one of 21 Regional Centers for persons with developmental disabilities in California. Each is a non-profit, community-based organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and other disabling conditions requiring services similar to individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. NBRC assists eligible individuals in Napa, Sonoma, and Solano counties to obtain the services and supports needed to live as others do in the community.

Oaks of Hebron
Provides residential, support services, a day program, and recreational services for persons with developmental disabilities.

Skills for Life
Provides Independent Living Services (ILS).

Sonoma County In-Home Supportive Service (IHSS)
IHSS clients get help with day-to-day tasks that they cannot do themselves.

United Way of the Wine Country
Services include free tax return preparation to low-to-moderate income community members in Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties, financial education and coaching, and 2-1-1, an information and referral call center that connects residents with non-emergency health, human, and disaster resources.

Sonoma County Transition Resources: Recreation

Camp Revolution
A summer camp for special needs and differently-abled teens and adults. Located among the Redwoods in Occidental, CA.

City of Santa Rosa: Parks and Recreation Special Populations
The Recreation and Parks Department offers year-round recreation programs and special events to meet the interests and needs of children, teens, adults, and seniors with disabilities. Programs are designed to encourage socialization, and overall well-being as well as to promote fun and enjoyment.

Earle Baum Center of the Blind
Offers recreational opportunities for people with sight loss.

LifeHouse – Sonoma
Recreation and travel programs.

The Movement Lab
Special needs dance classes for children and teens.

Santa Rosa Junior College: Adaptive Physical Education (APE) Programs
The APE program offers a variety of physical fitness classes that are modified to meet the needs of students with disabilities who could not otherwise benefit from Physical Education classes.

Special Olympics: Northern California
Provides children and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in sports, education, and athlete health.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of the North Bay
Offers a variety of camp and recreational activities in different locations throughout the Napa, Sonoma, and Solano County for both children and adults, including activities provided by staff and volunteers, as well as activities provided by community agencies sponsored or supported by UCP of the North Bay.

Westminster Woods – Friendship Camp
Adults aged 18 to 75 years who are ambulatory, continent, and able to benefit from a camp experience are welcome.

Sonoma County Transition Resources: Self-Advocacy
Disability Services and Legal Center
Provides information, advice and assistance on a wide range of disability-related matters.

Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California
Fair housing services, advising, and training at no charge in both English and Spanish.

Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center
Serving families of children with special needs to successfully understand and access the systems that serve them.

Office of Clients Rights
Providing free legal information, advice and representation to Regional Center clients.

Registrar of Voters; County Clerk, Sonoma
Register to vote.

Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)
Counseling, job training, short term housing, resources, referrals for youth and young adults.

VOICES (Napa and Sonoma County Location)
Serves youth ages 16-24 transitioning out of foster care, group homes, mental health, and probation. Programs in youth leadership and advocacy, college and career exploration and readiness, housing and independent living, support applying for and maintaining CalFresh (Food Stamps) and County Medical Services Program (Medi-Cal).

Sonoma County Transition Resources: Government and Community Services

Achieving Better Life Experiences (ABLE) accounts are a new savings option that allow individuals, who became disabled before the age of 26, to save and invest in a tax-advantaged account, without jeopardizing their ability to collect Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

CalFresh is for people with low-income who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table.

California Department of Social Services
(916) 651-8848
Financial assistance including CalFresh.

California Department of Rehabilitation – Sonoma
The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) assists Californians with disabilities obtain and retain employment and maximize their ability to live independently.

California Employment Development Department (EDD) Sonoma
Provides employment and training services in partnership with state and local agencies and organizations. These services benefit job seekers, laid off workers, youth, individuals currently working, veterans, and people with disabilities.

Medi-Cal Dental Programs
Provides Medi-Cal beneficiaries with access to high-quality dental care.

Medi-Cal Program
​​​Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. This is a public health insurance program which provides needed health care services for low-income individuals including families with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, foster care, pregnant women, and low income people with specific diseases.

Office of Clients Rights
Work with people with disabilities to advance their legal rights, help them to have the supports they need. Has a collection of publications related to Social Security benefits.

Santa Rosa Community Health: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I&DD) programs
Medical clinic with a program to provide comprehensive medical, dental and behavioral health care for persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, including patients with complex medical and behavioral needs.

Social Security Administration (SSA)
Learn about and apply for benefits.

Sonoma County – Human Services
Social services and programs; apply for or renew health care benefits and CalFresh (SNAP/formerly food stamps).

State Council on Developmental Disabilities – North Bay Office
Ensures that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the planning, design and receipt of the services and supports they need which promote increased independence, productivity, inclusion and self-determination.

Sonoma County Transition Resources: Transportation

Petaluma ParaTransit (PT) Transportation
Specialized public transportation for eligible individuals within the city limits of Petaluma and areas outside the city limits that are within a ¾ mile of an active PT fixed route.

R & D Transportation Services
R&D provides Regional Centers and School Districts with process strategies and services to enhance transportation safety, service quality, and cost containment for their consumers and students.

Santa Rosa Transit
The City of Santa Rosa offers next-day ADA Paratransit transportation service seven days a week to those who are unable (temporarily or permanently) to independently use Santa Rosa CityBus due to a disability or health related condition.

Sonoma County Paratransit
Door-to-door paratransit service to people whose disabilities prevent them from using fixed route public transit. Paratransit operators service areas within ¾ of a mile of their respective, public fixed-route service.

Sonoma County Transition Resources: Independent Living – Residential

Blackwell Homes
Blackwell Homes, Inc. currently has three residential facilities in Sonoma County that provide 24-hour care and supervision of developmentally disabled adults that includes individuals experiencing significant psychiatric challenges.

Buckelew Programs
Mental Health Housing
Sonoma County Independent Living (SCIL) Program helps clients live independently in the community, individually or in shared households.

California Department of Social Services
(916) 651-8848
The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program will help pay for services provided so that individuals can remain safely in their own home.

California Mentor – Family Home Agency (FHA)
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I&DD) Housing
Works with Regional Centers and nurturing caregivers in the community, who they call “Mentors,” to give Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities the services and supports they need in a place they can truly call home.

Community Support Network (CSN)
Mental Health Housing
In CSN’s supportive homes, clients have access to community agencies and support groups, to healthcare resources and service providers to assist in recovery from trauma, addiction and homelessness.

County of Sonoma – Community Development Commission
Rental assistance, housing choice voucher program (Section 8).

County of Sonoma – Housing Authority
The Sonoma County Housing Authority is accepting applications for its new Housing Choice Voucher lottery waiting list from July 1-31, 2019.

Enriching Lives – Adult Family Home Agency
Individuals are provided therapeutic family home environments where they develop meaningful relationships.

Greenacre Homes and School
Greenacre Homes & School operates four residential treatment facilities, a non-public school, a vocational training school and a transitional program for boys and young men ages 8 to 22. The group homes are licensed through the California Department of Social Services and vendorized through the North Bay Regional Center.

Sonoma County Transition Resources: Inclusion Services

North Bay Housing Coalition
Takes referrals from North Bay Regional Center specifically for persons with an intellectual/developmental disability. They offer individualized services tailored to each person’s needs and desires for housing, including daily subscription to housing leads, roommate matching, and tenant education curriculum to ensure success.

North Bay Industries
North Bay Industries is a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) certified management agent in with four apartment buildings.

North Bay Regional Center (NBRC) Sonoma
North Bay Regional Center provides individuals with developmental disabilities a variety of living arrangements that promote opportunities to reside in the least restrictive environment that is best suited to meet the individual’s needs.

Santa Rosa City – Housing
Offers a variety of housing programs to provide affordable housing for very low and low income Santa Rosa residents. Additional opportunities are administered through the Santa Rosa Housing Trust.

Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)
SAY offers a range of housing and housing assistance programs to eligible youth.

Sonoma Life
(650) 740-2603

Sweetwater Spectrum
A community based, long term housing solution for adults with autism or similar intellectual / developmental disabilities.

West County Community Services (WCCS)
WCCS master leases property and makes it available to qualified individuals. They manage the property, offer support services with individual case plans for residents in need of social and conflict management skills, employment, medical attention, financial guidance, and other resources to help them maintain stable housing and to improve their well-being.

Sonoma County Transition Resources: Employment/Day Programs

Alchemia (Sonoma)
Art programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

All About Ability (Sonoma)
Independent Living Skills (ILS) provider with a focus on living skills, job skills, social interaction skills.

Allied Integration Services (Sonoma)
Vocational training.

Amani Day Program (Sonoma)

Becoming Independent (Sonoma)
Offers supported employment, tailored day services, and vocational services.

Blackwell Homes Day Program (Sonoma)
The Wellness Program is a community-based day program for developmentally disabled adults that strives to meet the special needs of the more behaviorally and emotionally challenged individuals whom they serve by promoting and maintaining their general well-being.

California Human Development – Disability Services (Sonoma)
Works with individuals and their family members to create a personalized plan with step-by-step training on how to obtain and keep a job. Supervised work in real life settings leads to successful employment.

California Indian Manpower Consortium (Sonoma)
California Indian Manpower Consortium (CIMC) provides employment and training services and other related services to Indian and Native American people who live in their service area which includes a large part of California.

Cole Vocational Services (Sonoma)

Communtiy Access Plus (Sonoma)

Dungarvin Ca, Inc (Sonoma and Solano Counties)
Vocational services provide individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities assistance with the initial stages of the employment assessment period, job searching and development, job coaching, and working independently.

Goodwill of the Redwood Empire (Sonoma)
Help people in the community, especially those with a disability, lack of work experience or poor work history to get and keep a job.

Inclusion Services (Sonoma, Napa, Solano)
Adaptive skills training.

Job Link Sonoma County (Sonoma)
Job Link offers a variety of free services to Sonoma County job seekers, employers, and youth. We provide job search assistance, training funds for new careers and opportunities to connect employers with qualified job seekers.

Kaleidoscope Day Program (Sonoma)
Kaleidoscope Adult Day Program provides community-based adult day program for developmentally disabled adults. The program is designed for individuals who are medically fragile or have specialized needs, and require nursing intervention or monitoring.

Kreative Community Services (Sonoma and Solano Counties)
Kreative Community Services team offers day programs to individuals with developmental disabilities in the North Bay.

No Barriers (Sonoma and Solano Counties)
Volunteering and work training.

North Bay Industries (Sonoma)
Community day program, supported employment, and activity day program.

North Bay Regional Center (Sonoma)
North Bay Regional Center (NBRC) services may include adult work and day programs.

Oaks of Hebron (Sonoma)
Offers a day program.

Social Advocates for Youth (Sonoma)
Has a career hub and work readiness program.

United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay (Sonoma)
Supports individuals with even the most challenging disabilities to access integrated employment with competitive wages and career opportunities. They provide resource and referral, advocacy, and community integration services, including supported employment.

West County Community Services (Sonoma)
West County Community Services (WCCS) is a vendor for the Department of Rehabilitation and works with their counselors to provide job coaching, employment and vocational services to adult clients age 18 and over.

Sonoma County Transition Resources: Additional

PAVE – Partnerships for Action. Voices for Empowerment.
PAVE has published an online Glossary of Key Terms for Life After High School Planning

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