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Department of Health Services

Protecting the health and well-being of individuals and the community is the fundamental responsibility of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services.

Thanks to the hard work of over 550 Health Services staff and our community partners, the Department of Health Services continues to provide a broad range of innovative and creative services designed to protect, promote and achieve healthy individuals, families, and communities. Health Services is here for you and the community.

Seasonal Flu

In the United States, yearly outbreaks of seasonal flu usually occur during the fall through early spring. Influenza or "the flu" is a serious contagious disease. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older.

Learn More and Get Vaccinated!
  • December 15, 2014
    Seeking to bring a new dog, cat, bunny or other friendly critter into your life? Maybe one of our pets of the week is the match for you!
  • December 12, 2014
    Help animals find homes for the holidays! $25 minimum for cats and dogs from now until January 3, 2015. Call or visit Sonoma County Animal Services today!
  • More News
  • August 19, 2014
    Department of Health Services, Environmental Health is proposing a new food facility grading system to improve food safety in retail food facilities and help customers make dining choices with one look. Environmental Health will post a color-coded placard (green-pass, yellow-conditional and red-closed) at all food facilities showing results of the facility’s most recent inspection.
  • June 10, 2014
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors strengthened public health protections today by adopting an amendment to its existing “smoking ordinance” to ban e-cigarettes in certain public places in unincorporated Sonoma County.  The amendments will help protect the public from secondhand vapors that are emitted from electronic smoking devices. The ordinance covers places of employment as well as public spaces including dining areas, recreational areas, public events, and service areas.
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Featured Topics

Winter Weather Health Tips

When the temperature drops, staying safe and warm and performing everyday activities can be challenging and dangerous. Take these steps to protect yourself, and check to be sure your family, friends, clients, neighbors and pets stay safe and warm this winter.

Marijuana Health and Safety information

Accurate, science-based information addressing the public health and safety impacts of marijuana in our community.

Drought in Sonoma County

Several consecutive dry years on top of the driest year on record in 2013 have culminated into drought conditions in the region. Despite recent rain, rainfall and water supply levels in both Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma remain below average.

Meaningful Use: Public Health Reporting

Sonoma County Eligible Professionals (EP) and Eligible Hospitals (EH) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) may meet their Public Health Reporting, meaningful use objectives.

The Affordable Care Act

Learn about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Health Care Reform, and its implications for Sonoma County residents.

Community Engagement

The Department of Health Services is committed to improving our ability to engage with, meet the needs of, and learn from our residents.

Mental Health Services Act

Sonoma County's public planning process for implementation of the MHSA began in the fall of 2004 and continues today.

The CAPE Team

The Crisis Assessment, Prevention, and Education Team intervenes with youth ages 16 to 25, who are at risk of or are experiencing first onset of serious psychiatric illness.

Message from the Director

Rita Scardaci
Rita Scardaci

Welcome to the Sonoma County Department of Health Services website! The Department is proud of the diverse service we provide to our community, and protecting the health and well being of individuals and the community is our preeminent responsibility.

 Multiple factors play a role in the health of a community. What we eat; how often we exercise; the design and construction of our communities; the air we breathe; access to a health home, educational attainment, affordable housing, and climate change - all can affect our physical and mental health.

 As such, every day our lives are touched by Health Services programs and services. Thanks to the dedicated and skilled work of over 550 Health Services staff and our many community partners, the Department of Health Services continues to provide a broad range of innovative, award-winning, and creative services designed to protect, promote and achieve healthy individuals, families, and communities. We are committed to working collaboratively with the community and our partners to make Sonoma County the healthiest county in the state by 2020.

 We are interested in your opinions and views on how we can improve these services and the health of our community and/or this website. Please feel free to send me your feedback at

 - Rita Scardaci, Director of Health Services

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Contact Information

County of Sonoma
Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Office Location
Health Services Administration
3313 Chanate Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
38.46875, -122.708432
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Suicide Prevention

Know the Signs

24 Hour Hotline. North Bay Suicide Prevention Hotline of Sonoma County. 1(855) 587-6373

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Linea directa las 24 horas. linea directa de prevention del suicidio del norte de la bahia del condado de sonoma 1(855)587-6373


Hotlines and Helplines

24-hour Emergency Mental Health

Hotline (800) 746-8181

North Bay Suicide Prevention

Hotline (855) 587-6373

Prevención del Suicidio del Norte de la Bahía del Condado de Sonoma

Línea Directa (855) 587-6373

Beach Status

(707) 565-6552

Disease Reporting

(707) 565-4567

Maternal, Child and Adolescent

Toll Free Line (800) 427-8982

For help with access to health insurance and services for women, teens and children.

Public Health

Information Line (707) 565-4477

Adopt a Pet!

Pet of the Week

Maybe One of Our Pets of the Week is your Match!

Current Meetings

December 4, 2014
Healthcare Disaster Planning Forum

December 5, 2014
Health Action

December 8, 2014
Fluoridation Advisory Committee

December 10, 2014
Home Visiting Advisory Collaborative

December 11, 2014
Coalition for a Tobacco-free Sonoma County

January 20, 2014
Mental Health Board

January 21, 2014
Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Problems


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