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One of the most important methods of prevention is to be proactive in providing resources to those in need. Click on the title below to expand the section and view the resources that PCS has curated.
Foster Families and Youth Resources
Through our partnership with Sonoma County Foster Care agency, we seek to serve all youth in out-of-home placement including children living in foster homes, group homes, youth shelters, and residential treatment facilities.
Foster Youth Services ensures that health and school records are obtained to establish appropriate placements and coordinate instruction, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, vocational training, emancipation services, training for independent living, and other related services. It seeks to improve the children's educational performance and personal achievement, increasing the stability of placements for foster youth.
Foster Youth Toolkit, ensures students receive the full benefits of laws designed to protect them.
Foster Youth Services is a program of the California Department of Education, resulting from Assembly Bill (AB) 490, effective 1/1/2004. Our Program seeks to improve educational outcomes for foster youth by establishing a level of collaboration and communication between schools, social service agencies, and foster youth caretakers that previously did not exist.
Educational liaisons are advocates who work to address the educational issues involved with foster youth, and who ensure and facilitate the proper enrollment into appropriate educational programs (Ed Code 48853.5). Additionally, liaisons provide the following services:
Consultation regarding educational issues
Gather educational records
Advocate for foster youth and their families on educational issues
Assist with educational transitions
Provide resources and referrals
Provide training for local education agencies, group homes, social services, and probation on educational issues affecting foster youth
LGBTQIA Community Resources
PCS is committed to serving all students in our schools. Our LGBTQIA students are at higher risk for suicide, trauma and mental health issues. PCS is always working to improve our outreach and services to this community. Below are some resources and you can always contact our Licensed Marriage Family Therapists (LMFTs) at each school site.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 10 to 24 (Hedegaard, Curtin, & Warner, 2018) — and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are at significantly increased risk.
LGBTQ youth are more than four times as likely to attempt suicide than their peers (Johns et al., 2019; Johns et al., 2020).
What is the FAIR Education Act?
The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act (SB 48) requires schools to integrate factual information about social movements, current events, and history of people with disabilities and LGBT people into existing social science instruction. It also prevents the State Board of Education from adopting instructional materials with a discriminatory bias.
Is the curriculum state-mandated?
There is no state-mandated curriculum on these topics; instead, lessons will be developed and approved at the local level. Local school and district administration will determine how the new content will be covered and at which grade level(s).
What is AB 1266?
AB 1266 requires that a student be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs, activities, and facilities including athletic teams and competitions, consistent with his or her gender identity, regardless of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.
Has the bill been approved?
Yes, Governor Brown approved the bill on August 12, 2013, and the law took effect on January 1, 2014. A petition that attempted to overturn the law will not appear on the November ballot; if the referendum had qualified, the law would have been put on hold until after the election.
Fact Sheets and Policies
Briefs and Reports
Implementing Lessons that Matter: The Impact of LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum on Student Safety, Well-Being, and Achievement
LGBT-Inclusive and Disability-Inclusive Lessons
Welcoming Schools offers professional development tools, lessons aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and many additional resources for elementary schools on:
Embracing family diversity
Avoiding gender stereotyping and affirming gender
Ending bullying and name-calling
Tobacco Use Prevention Education
The TUPE (Tobacco Use Prevention Education) program provides funding from Prop 99 and Prop 56 tobacco tax dollars for tobacco prevention education. In order for school districts to receive funding, they must submit a competitive grant to the California State Department of Education.
Competitive grants are available for LEA's serving grades 6-8 or grades 9-12.
The funds are to be used to deliver a comprehensive tobacco prevention program which includes:
Tobacco-specific student instruction
Supplemental strategies which include reinforcement activities and schoolwide events
Cessation for high school students
Though strategies and activities can be designed locally, they must be based on research on effective practices to prevent the initiation of tobacco use and reduce tobacco product consumption among youth already using. Collaboration and coordination with this agency is an essential part of TUPE comprehensive planning.
The role of the Coordinator is to provide:
leadership and strategic direction to LEA tobacco education efforts;
technical assistance to districts receiving TUPE funding to help them design effective programs and meet funding requirements;
information and updates on trends in youth tobacco use behaviors, and in effective prevention and intervention curriculum and strategies;
staff development opportunities to prepare staff to deliver tobacco instruction on science-based curriculum;
linkages to CDE TUPE Programs and to community tobacco education, prevention and cessation resources.
The coordinator is also available to assist in exploring other funding opportunities and to provide technical assistance for TUPE grant proposals.
California Department of Education TUPE
Click HERE for resources from CDE TUPE
Click HERE for a list of cessation resources.
Tobacco Education Coalition
Click HERE for information about the Tobacco Education Coalition
Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes is a national advocacy and education organization.
Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher's presentations (Updates on E-Cigarettes and Stanford Tobacco Toolkit) - https://tinyurl.com/halpern-felsher - This presentation contains more slides than Dr. Halpern-Felsher was able to present. If you would like to use these slides, please download and save them. Do use them on the site. Dr. Phillip Gardiner's presentation (Tobacco Related Health Disparities) - https://tinyurl.com/Gardiner-Menthol
Craig Wingate's presentation (SMC Tobacco Control Program) - https://tinyurl.com/SMC-Tobacco-Control
Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit
Stanford Cannabis Awareness and Prevention Toolkit
Lung Disease Information from the Centers for Disease Control
North Bay Suicide Hotline: 1-855-587-6373
Al-A-Teen (Alcoholic Family Situations): (707) 515-6760
California Youth Crisis Line - Call (415-499-1100 (Open 24/7)
Child Protective Services: (707)-565-4304
CP Drug Abuse Alternative Center: (707) 544-3295
Crisis Text Hotline: Text “Hello” or “Home” to 741741
Cutting / Self Harm Support: 1-800-366-8288
Mental Health Warm Line: (707) 565-2652
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 www.thehotline.org
National Runaway Hotline: 1-800-786-2929
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: English: 1-800-273-8255 or Español: 888-628-9454
Online chat: suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Sonoma County Office of Education - Mental Health Resources
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
Trevor Lifeline LGBTQQ+ Crisis Support: 1-866-488-7386
Vertiy (Sexual Assault Victim Help): (707) 545-7273
Sonoma County Behavioral Health Division
“Mental health and substance abuse programs and services for individuals and their families.”
Location: 2227 Capricorn Way, Suite 207 Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Contact: (707) 565-4850
NAMI Sonoma County
“Provides educational programs and support groups for families, friends, and persons living with mental illness.”
Location: 182 Farmers Lane, Suite 202 Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Contact: (707) 527-6655 Warmline Call/Text (Bilingual): (866) 960- 6264
Warmline Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonoma County Crisis Stabilization Unit
“Provides 24 hour-a-day, 7 days-a-week crisis intervention, assessment, medication, and up to 23 hours of supportive care for individuals in an acute mental health crisis.”
Location: 2225 Challenger Way Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Contact: (707) 576-8181
Website: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Behavioral -Health/Crisis-Services/
Child Parent Institute – Children’s Counseling Clinic
“Trauma Treatment, Mental Health Treatment, Family Therapy. No-cost counseling services for children birth-18.”
Location: 3650 Standish Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Contact: (707) 585-6108
LifeWorks of Sonoma County
“Behavior management program for children and families who show severe, on-going, emotional or behavioral challenges.”
Location: 1260 North Dutton Avenue, Ste. 105 Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Contact: (707) 568-2300
2-1-1 Sonoma County, a program of United Way of the Wine Country, is the comprehensive information and referral service for Sonoma County. We connect Sonoma County callers, website-users and texters each year with information about health and human services available to them.
2-1-1 Sonoma County phone and text services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 is available in 150 languages through phone interpretation services.
During times of disaster, 2-1-1 provides incident-specific information in coordination with local emergency services, including road closures and shelters both locally and nationwide.
Sonoma Connect | Sonoma Unidos (SC|SU) is a coalition of community leaders and partner organizations in Sonoma County working together to eliminate adverse childhood experiences and trauma caused by social determinants of health and racism. We do this by supporting trauma-informed organizational capacity, healing centered engagement, and coordinating community resources and connecting these to the people who need them.
Unsheltered Youth Resources
The following resources are available to unsheltered families in the Petaluma and Sonoma County area.
Please visit the California Department of Education website for resources related to homeless students' rights to enroll and participate fully in school.
Rights and Protection Reminders:
Local educational agencies (LEAs) must ensure that children and youth experiencing homelessness are able to participate fully in school activities, and that barriers to identification, enrollment, and retention in school are identified and removed. Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to:
Immediate Enrollment: No matter the documentation.
Transportation: LEAs should continue providing transportation support as needed to eliminate barriers to enrollment, participation and retention in school, including to pick up meals or distance learning items.
Academic Access and Success: This includes free meals, and all other academic supports afforded to their housed peers and more.
Please make sure to contact your local LEA or county Liaison on the Homeless Education web page. You can also contact one of our State Coordinators:
Judy Kaloyeros - McKinney-Vento Liaison at email@example.com
Maité Iturri - Assistant Superintendent of Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Ortiz - Student Services Secretary at email@example.com
Sonoma County Resources
This document has been created to help provide direct referrals to local agencies if the families you have called for the homeless point in time count are requesting assistance. This is not intended to be a complete and thorough list, however, it will provide basic information if you are asked during any phone calls collecting count data.
At risk of homelessness (those couch surfing or about to lose their place of residence)
Community Action Partnership (707) 544-6911. The above agency can provide rental assistance through the HCS fund and can help connect people with the Seasons of Sharing fund.
Homelessness Prevention Program 707-528-8712
Offers assistance and resources to help avoid entering the homeless system of care, credit and financial counseling.
707-575-8342 rental and Utility assistance
Sonoma County Shelters
Catholic Charities’ Family Support Center (Santa Rosa)
Application information: Applications are made by calling the Family Support Center at (707)542-5426. Applications are accepted Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm. Staff will contact applicants within 1 business day to begin the application process or to add the applicant to the waitlist.
COTS’ Kids Family Shelter (Petaluma)
Intake information/waitlist information: Call (707) 756-6530 extension 300 for a phone screening and to sign up for the waiting list. Additional information: Families must be vaccinated or in the process of getting vaccinated to qualify for admittance.
Redwood Gospel Mission
The Rose (Santa Rosa) for women with children, boys up to age 11. Intake information: 30 day clean and sober emergency shelter. Intakes done Monday-Friday 11am12pm and Saturday and Sunday at 1pm. at 101 6th Street, Santa Rosa. For more information 707-573-0490 Spots are filled on a first come-first served basis.
YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter
Intake information: The Safe House provides refuge in a confidential location for victims of domestic violence and their dependent children fleeing domestic violence. Families seeking safety from domestic violence can call the hotline (707) 546-1234 to discuss options, including theYWCA’s residential program known as the Safe House.
Coordinated Entry System
Referral system for homeless housing projects in Sonoma County. Referral is not guaranteed due to high demand of housing needs in Sonoma County. If the family qualifies for enrollment, and a housing opportunity comes up they will be contacted through this system. Flyers available here: GET HELP. Multiple access sites listed throughout the county.
Sonoma County 211
System for additional referrals. Dial 2-1-1 or 800-325-9604
(707) 565-5500 provides temporary help for families with children who have little or no money. We also help adults caring for a child prepare for a job, then find and keep a job, so they can support their families.
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)