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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.

Program Highlights: Nurse-Family Partnership

With over 30 years of randomized controlled studies proving its success, Nurse-Family Partnership empowers first-time mothers to successfully change their lives and the lives of their children through evidence-based nurse home visiting.

Annjane is a recent graduate of the program. Here is the brave, moving account of her childhood experiences, her relationship with her nurse, and her dreams for her son.

Learn more about our home visiting programs

Breathe Easy Sonoma County - Tobacco Retail License

breathe-easy-120.jpg The Board of Supervisors is considering a Tobacco Retail License (TRL) to decrease youth access to tobacco products. In order to reduce health disparities and promote a healthier community, Health Services proposes this ordinance would require:

  • A retailer to obtain a county license to sell tobacco products.
  • No sales of tobacco products in pharmacies.
  • Retailers to be at least 1,000 feet away from schools.
Learn More at Breathe Easy

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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  • Published on September 19, 2015

    Residents of recently burned areas are advised to use caution in cleaning up ash from recent wildfires. The ash from trees burned in forest fires is relatively nontoxic and similar to ash that might be found in your fireplace. However, ash from burned homes and other items will likely contain metals, chemicals, and potentially asbestos, items that can be considered toxic if breathed in or touched with wet skin.

  • Health Services
    Published on September 9, 2015

    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Bay Area, including Sonoma County, warning of high temperatures today and through the end of the week. 

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Featured Topics

behavioral-health crisis-response-75 Our Behavioral Health Division provides a comprehensive response to crisis that may occur in the community.
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.

find-a-doc-75.png Our free mobile app helps you find a health professional who accepts Medi-Cal, County Medical Services Program (CMSP), or patients without health insurance.

Learn more about Healthcare Reform in Sonoma County

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

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

Current Meetings

September 9, 2015
Health Action - Asset Building Work Group

September 11, 2015
Health Action - Housing Work Group

September 15, 2015
Mental Health Board

September 15, 2015
Community Activity and Nutrition Coalition

September 16, 2015
Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Problems

September 21, 2015
Health Action - Economic Wellness Operations Team

September 28, 2015
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