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San Juan
Laurel Ruff
5325 Garfield Ave
Sacramento, CA 95841
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(916) 971-7586
Fax: (916) 331-1634

San Juan Unified District Office
3738 Walnut Ave.
Carmichael, CA 95608
(916) 971-7700

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Resource Page


This page is designed to give caregivers, educators, clinicians, and anyone else information for sacramento county. This includes phone numbers, websites, and brief descriptions of agenceys/private referal sources that might help you now or in the future.




1) California Youth Crisis Hotline (916-843-5200)

California Coalition for Youth offers support, encouragement, and referrals to youth needing assistance or in crisis situations. The California Youth Crisis Line connects an average of 12,000 callers with vital resources annually.


2)Child Protective Services (916-875-6590


3)Diogenes Youth and Family Services (916-363-9943)

Crisis resolution and counseling


4)W.E.A.V.E. (916-920-2952)

WEAVE is the primary provider of crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County.


Active Parenting Now by Popkins, M.

Active Parenting Teens by Popkins, M.

Bulding the Bonds of Attatchment by Hughes, D.

Good Behavior By Garber, S. Garber, M.D., Spizman, R.F.

A Very Touching Book for little people and for big people by Jan Hinderman 



1) Asian Pacific Community Counseling Center (916-383-6783)

7273 14th Ave Ste 120-B. Sac, Ca. 95820


2) La Familia Counseling Center (916-452-3601)

5523 34th St Sacramento, Ca. 95825


3) River Oaks (916-244-5800)

4322 4th Avenue Sacramento, CA 95817


4) Sutter Counseling Center (916-929-0808)

855 Howe Ave Suite 1 Sacramento, Ca. 95825


5) W.E.A.V.E. Counseling Center (916-448-2321)

1900 K St. Sacramento, Ca. 95811


6) White House Counseling Center (916-971-7640)

6147 Sutter Ave. Carmichael, CA. 95608




1) Cross Creek Counseling (916-722-6100)

8421 Auburn Blvd #3 Citrus Heights, CA 95610


2) Drake, Terri MFT, RN (530-758-7163)



3) Phillips, Majica, MA, MFT, ATR (916-835-9034) 

Midtown Art Therapy: This art studio practice provides creative opportunities that intergrate education, menotoring and therapy. Ms. Phillips works with adults or children of all ages to help get to the core of the probles with or without art.




4) White House Counseling Center (916-971-7640)

6147 Sutter Ave. Carmichael, CA. 95608


5) Wright, Bill., M.A., LMFT. (916-532-9366)

3175 Sunset Blvd # 104

Appa Counseling offers psychotherapy for individuals, help for couples and families and counseling for children that is both skillful and affordable.







1) Alcohol Anonymous: (916-454-1100)


2) Narcotics Anonymous: (800-600-HOPE)


3) Sacramento County Alcohol & Drug Services –System of Care: (916-874-9754)





1) ALTA Regional Center (916-978-6400)

Regional centers are nonprofit private corporations that contract with the Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. They have offices throughout California to provide a local resource to help find and access the many services available to individuals and their families.

2) Sacramento Native American Health Center (916-341-0575)

2020 J St. Sacramento, Ca. 95814

The Sacramento Native American Health Center Inc. (SNAHC) is a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center, located in Midtown Sacramento. The health center is committed to enhancing the quality of life by providing a culturally competent, holistic, and patient-centered continuum of care. The health center’s dedicated team of highly-trained clinicians offer a wide range of services, including adult medicine, pediatrics, mental health services, laboratory services, dental care, substance abuse, nutrition, and the home visitation services.



1) http://www.childrensdisabilities.info/parenting/groups-childrensdisabilities.html

Parent Support Groups for Children with Disabilities of Special Needs

This is an annotated list of support groups and list serves for parents of children with disabilities or special needs. Read descriptions and join the special needs parent support group that best meets your child's needs.


2) http://www.feat.org/

The FEAT website makes information available about FEAT, its goals, organization, how FEAT can help families and individuals directly, as well as to provide information about other helpful resources.


3) http://www.sanjuan.edu/parentinvolvement

Supporting Parents: Title I's Parent Family Connection is dedicated to helping parents support their children's healthy development and academic success through meaningful parent involvement and participation. Classes for parents are planned in collaboration with Adult Education/Parent Education.  Join the Positive Discipline beginning Wed., April 29, 2009, 6:30 pm, at Twin Lakes.  Call Mari to register at  971.7392 or email mari.owens@sanjuan.edu.

4)  http://www.sanjuan.edu

Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC):

The San Juan Unified School District Community Adivsory Committee is a board of Education approved committee. The CAC includes parents, community members, and San Juan staff. The CAC comes together in true partnership in an effort to fully support all children with special needs and works with the San Juan District staff to advise the District and the Board of Education concerning services for students with special needs. The CAC provides:






Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month from 7-9pm in the Board Room at the District Office. Join us for our next meeting on May 4, 2010 at 7pm. Topic: "Summer Activities and Resources. 


5) http://www.sacramentoparent.com/In_This_Issue/08%2008/Resources%20for%20Parents%20of%20Special%20Needs%20Kids.htm#SpecialNeedsServices

Jump to Resources & Support Groups?: Free monthly support groups, including Parent ... TRS provides award-winning activities for children, teens and adults with special needs. ... developmental disabilities and their families, ...


6) http://www.yellowpagesforkids.com/help/ca.htm

Find educational consultants, psychologists, educational diagnosticians, health care providers, academic therapists, tutors, speech language therapists, occupational therapists, coaches, advocates, and attorneys for children with disabilities on the Yellow Pages for Kids for your state.
You will also find special education schools, learning centers, treatment programs, parent groups, respite care, community centers, grassroots organizations, and government programs for children with disabilities.




1) Big Brother/Big Sisters (916) 482-9300

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with measurable impact.



1) Anxiety Support: 916-442-0185


2) Bereavement Outreach: (916-557-5882)

Bereavement Outreach, a self-help program of weekly meetings that offers an opportunity to learn about the changes bereavement brings and allows you to deal with it in an atmosphere of understanding and sharing. 


3) Children's Bereavement Groups:

Mercy Hospice: (916-854-3900)

Roseville Hospice: (916-781-3355)

Sutter Hospital: (916-454-6555)


4) Capitol Autism Services (916) 923-1789; (916) 923-1169 fax
My Time© Sibling Support Group 2041 Hallmark Drive, Suite 9 Sacramento, CA 95825
My Time offers kids from ages 7-14 information and resources about their brother or sister’s disability, a safe place to share feelings to interact with other children dealing with the same issues as well as have an enjoyable learning experience. Research based and implemented with curriculum, kids meet twice a week to participate. My Time schedule is scheduled throughout the year and can also be presented by request to family support groups in our service areas of Placerville, Sacramento, Davis, and Yuba City. There is no charge, only a request for contribution towards materials and snack. Call for details.


5) Warm Line Family Resource Center:


Sacramento Office: 916-922-9278 or Roseville Office: 916-782-7147

916-922-1490 Español

Or 1-800-660-7995

Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide information, education, and support to promote and strengthen the foundation of families and children with special needs to face the challenges of the present and create new dreams for the future.

Our Services:

Information and referral: Linking families with services
Family Support: Providing one-to-one parent support, support group referrals, and customized information packets when requested.
Outreach: Increasing public awareness of disabilities and available services.
Advocacy: Strengthening parents' knowledge and decision-making abilities




Department of Developmental Disabilities



The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) is an innovative online project bringing together tens of thousands of people nationwide affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and hundreds of researchers in a search for answers. Individuals with an ASD and their families can share information in a secure setting to become part of the largest online autism research effort in the United States. The data collected by IAN both facilitates scientific research and empowers autism community leaders to advocate for improved services and resources. In addition, anyone impacted by an ASD can become part of IAN's online community to stay informed about autism research and make their voices heard. 




Information on independent living from a consumer, provider, and regional coordinator perspective



Raising a child with autism is one of the hardest things a parent will ever have to do. It places a

tremendous physical and emotional strain on the person caring for the child, and often contributes to marital problems, problems with other children, and job instability. Unfortunately, there are no reliable treatments for autism, and the responsibility for managing the developmental and behavioral problems of the autistic child falls largely on the family. Although there is nothing that we can do to change the underlying problem, there are things which family members can do to reduce the level of abnormal behavior and increase the child's ability to cope.



My Child Without Limits looks to provide you, your loved one’s best advocate, with the knowledge, resources, and network to ensure their future is without limits. This site can be used by many people in many different ways and has information on Autism, developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Epilepsy, hearing and vision loss, Muscular Dystrophy, prematurity, Rhett syndrome, and Spinal Bifida.



MVParents.com is a parenting site unlike any other. In addition to offering the answers to your “need-to-know-right-now” questions, this site will provide you with an understanding of what it takes to raise successful kids who will become healthy, responsible, and caring adults. As the only parenting site based on Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, MVParents.com is a unique place that draws from both research conducted with millions of young people and the experience of parents like yourself. MVParents was created by Search Institute, a leader in positive youth development. Drawing on 50 years of experience, Search provides parents with research-based advice on how to raise healthy, caring, responsible kids.



Natl Institute Neuro Disorders/List of Disorders
NINDS Disorders page is arranged alphabetically. Each page provides well-written and concise information about specific neurological disorders, and includes listings of support organizations and further web resources.



National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
NAMI is a non-profit grass-roots organization of families and friends of individuals with mental health disorders. At this site you can retrieve information about mental health, connect with a NAMI affiliate or read about their advocacy work. They keep abreast of research matters and report on them, too. Spanish language resources are also included.



National Institute of Mental Health
If you are interested in the latest research in the field of mental health, this is the place to go. The site also includes mental health information on its "
For the Public" page.

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