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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.

Pertussis Cases on the Rise

Young Family Whooping Cough (also known as Pertussis) cases are on the rise in California and within Sonoma County. This illness is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Infants are at highest risk for severe illness. Vaccination and good infection control are the best prevention strategies. Read More
  • April 14, 2014
    The Sonoma County Environmental Health Department, Solid Waste Management Program, acting as the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) is certified by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to enforce state laws and regulations at solid waste sites within its jurisdiction.
  • April 7, 2014

    Free tax preparation is available to tax payers with 2013 household income of $52,000 or less. Health insurance, nutrition assistance, WIC, direct deposit, and consumer friendly banking services will be on site at select locations*.

    Preparación de impuestos gratis está disponible para los contribuyentes con ingresos familiares del año 2013 de $52,000 o menos. Seguro de salud, estampillas de comida, WIC, deposito directo, y servicios de banco favorables as consumidor estaran disponibles en ubicaciones especificas.*

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  • March 14, 2014
    If you seek a loyal, cuddly, active, eager-to-please, and ready-to-train canine companion, a Pit Bull might be your best match. From March 18-22, Sonoma County Animal Care and Control highlights the popular breed with a $25 St. Pitties Day adoption special.
  • February 27, 2014
    In an effort to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes rates, the County of Sonoma Department of Health Services has launched a new campaign about sugary drinks. To increase awareness about how much sugar people drink and the health impacts of drinking even one sugary drink a day, ads around Sonoma County will prompt residents to question why they are drinking so much sugar: "You wouldn’t eat 22 packs of sugar. Why are you drinking them?"
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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.

Responsible Beverage Service

RBS training helps owners and managers ensure alcohol is served responsibly in their establishments.

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

24 Hour Hotline North Bay Suicide Prevention Hotline of Sonoma County 1(855) 587-6373
Linea Directa las 24 horas Linea directa de prevencion del suicidio del Norte de la Bahia del Condado de Sonoma 1 (855) 587-6373
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Health Services
3313 Chanate Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: (707) 565-4700
Fax: (707) 565-4750

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

April 15, 2014
Mental Health Board

April 16, 2014
Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Problems

April 28, 2014
Sonoma County Emergency Medical Care Committee

April 28, 2014
First 5 Sonoma County Commission

May 1, 2014
MCAH Advisory Board

May 20, 2014
Community Activity and Nutrition Coalition

May 21, 2014
Mental Health Board

May 22, 2014
Healthcare Disaster Planning Forum

May 28, 2014
Home Visiting Advisory Council

June 5, 2014
MCAH Advisory Board

June 6, 2014
Health Action

June 12, 2014
Coalition for a Tobacco-free Sonoma County

June 17, 2014
Mental Health Board


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