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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.

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A Portrait of Sonoma County

A Portrait of Sonoma County A Portrait of Sonoma County is an in-depth look at how the residents of Sonoma County are faring in three fundamental areas: life expectancy, education, and income.

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  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    March 25, 2015
    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!
  • Health Services
    March 20, 2015
    PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, in compliance with AB1497 and California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 27, Section 21660.3, that the Sonoma County Environmental Health and Safety Section, Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) will be holding an informational meeting to review the change made to the Registration Permit for the Annapolis Transfer/Processing Facility SWIS #49-AA-0364.
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  • Health Services
    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.
  • Board of Supervisors
    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

affordable-care-act-75 A resource for individuals, families, businesses, and others to learn about the new health care law and its implications for Sonoma County residents.
aging-together-sonoma-county-75 Our mission: to promote a community that ages together and supports opportunities where we can enlighten, encourage, and care for each other with honor, respect and interdependence.
behavioral-health crisis-response-75 Our Behavioral Health Division provides a comprehensive response to crisis that may occur in the community.
community-engagement-75 Our department is committed to improving our ability to engage with, meet the needs of, and learn from our residents.
drought-75 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-75 Accurate, science-based information addressing the public health and safety impacts of marijuana in our community.
meaningful-use-75 Sonoma County Eligible Professionals (EP) and Eligible Hospitals (EH) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) may meet their Public Health Reporting, meaningful use objectives.
mhsa-75 Sonoma County's public planning process for implementation of the MHSA began in the fall of 2004 and continues today.

Message from the Director

Rita Scardaci
Rita Scardaci
Director

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 dhsdir@sonoma-county.org.

 - 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

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

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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

Current Meetings

March 10, 2015
Community Meeting on Proposed Regulations for Tobacco Sales

March 11, 2015
Commission on AIDS

March 12, 2015
Coalition for a Tobacco-free Sonoma County

March 16, 2015
Fluoridation Advisory Committee

March 17, 2015
Mental Health Board

March 17, 2015
Community Activity and Nutrition Coalition

March 18, 2015
Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Problems

March 23, 2015
First 5 Sonoma County Commission

March 24, 2015
Community Meeting on Proposed Regulations for Tobacco Sales

April 2, 2015
Maternal, Child, Adolescent Health Advisory Board

April 21, 2015
Mental Health Board

April 22, 2015
Mental Health Board

April 27, 2015
First 5 Sonoma County Commission

April 27, 2015
Emergency Medical Care Committee

May 7, 2015
Maternal, Child, Adolescent Health Advisory Board

May 18, 2015
First 5 Sonoma County Commission

May 19, 2015
Community Activity and Nutrition Coalition

May 20, 2015
Mental Health Board

May 28, 2015
Healthcare Disaster Planning Forum

June 4, 2015
Maternal, Child, Adolescent Health Advisory Board

June 5, 2015
Sonoma Health Action

June 11, 2015
Coalition for a Tobacco-free Sonoma County

June 16, 2015
Mental Health Board

June 22, 2015
First 5 Sonoma County Commission

 

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