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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.

Ebola in the News

Facts about EbolaAlthough news about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is widespread, Ebola poses little risk to the general population in the United States.

If a case does arrive here, characteristics of Ebola transmission and our healthcare system ensure the number of cases will be limited and containment will be swift. Sonoma County clinicians have been informed and are on the lookout for cases.

Ebola in the News

Pertussis Cases Down But Still Occurring

The number of new cases of whooping cough (also known as Pertussis) in Sonoma County has declined significantly but not vanished. An uptick in cases when school starts may occur, so it is important to remain vigilant.

Vaccination and good infection control are the best prevention strategies. Infants are at highest risk for severe illness, and vaccinating pregnant women during the third trimester is highly recommended.

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  • 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 andred-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

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.

Marijuana Health and Safety information

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

Going Green Initiative

The Registrar of Voters’ Going Green Initiative outlines three steps to going green and saving green.

For Teen Eyes Only

List of health resources for teens in Sonoma County.

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

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Pet of the Week

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

Current Meetings

October 21, 2014
Fluoride Advisory Committee

October 21, 2014
Mental Health Board

October 27, 2014
Sonoma County Emergency Medical Care Committee

November 6, 2014
MCAH Advisory Board

December 4, 2014
Healthcare Disaster Planning Forum

December 5, 2014
Health Action

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


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