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  • Published on April 13, 2017

    My Care My Plan: Speak Up, Sonoma County is hosting local events as part of National Healthcare Decisions Day 2017 to inspire, educate, and empower the public and local healthcare providers about the importance of advance health care planning.

  • Published on February 10, 2017

    A second year of local programs to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors, the LGBT Seniors Outreach Project, has begun offering training and events at three local senior centers, while also planning the spring launch of the LGBTQI Senior Information & Assistance Program to increase elders’ access to social services for healthy aging. (LGBTQI = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex)

  • Published on October 25, 2016

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) announces the start of an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Resiliency Fellowship that will train 25 community members to serve our county as community educators.

  • Published on August 18, 2016

    The Sonoma County Human Services Department Adult and Aging Division is proud that the community initiative it supports to encourage advance care planning, My Care, My Plan: Speak Up Sonoma County, has been honored with an Aging Achievement Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a).

  • Published on August 17, 2016

    Starting August 29, Sonoma County’s Economic Assistance Service Center will reduce call-in hours to peak times, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., while increasing the number of eligibility workers answering calls about Medi-Cal, CalFresh and General Assistance benefits. The changes are expected to cut the time callers are on hold before connecting with Service Center workers.

  • Published on July 21, 2016

    The 19th Annual Sonoma County Senior Art Show, The Art of Aging, runs September 7, 2016 – October 20, 2016, at The Finley Center, Santa Rosa. 

  • Published on December 10, 2015

    Becoming a foster family is the first step to adopting a child. Relatives, family friends, single adults, gay couples and families of all types can foster and/or adopt children. There’s a special need in Sonoma County for Spanish-speaking / bilingual / bicultural foster-adoptive families, and those who can care for sibling groups and school-aged children and teens. Please call us at (707) 565-4274 or visit www.sonomafostercare.org.

  • Published on December 3, 2015

    Free presentation for seniors: Healthy Brain - Healthy Aging

  • Published on November 30, 2015

    Sonoma County is extending a “Code Blue” advisory in response to the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Alert of extremely cold nights predicted through the morning of Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

  • Published on November 24, 2015

    Effective Tuesday, November 24, 2015, Sonoma County is issuing a “Code Blue” advisory in response to the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Alert of extremely cold nights predicted for the next week.

  • Published on November 5, 2015

    Archstone Foundation awarded a $300,000 grant to the County of Sonoma Human Services Adult and Aging Division and Petaluma Health Center (PHC) to launch the Sonoma Care Collaborative Project, an evidenced-based program to screen and treat low-income seniors for depression where they receive primary health care services and during home visits at no cost to patients.

  • Published on November 2, 2015
    The 2016 enrollment period for Covered California health insurance runs November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Residents can apply for coverage on the State exchange online at sonoma-county.org/healthcarereform and mybenefitscalwin.org, or in-person through at the County Human Services Dept. Economic Assistance offices and various locations throughout the County, including the Redwood Community Health Clinics. See the online listing of enrollment locations, or call Economic Assistance at (877) 699-6868. For Covered California coverage that takes effect January 1, the purchase deadline is December 15, 2015.
  • Published on July 31, 2015

    The Sonoma County Elder Justice Coalition seeks  community volunteers with financial expertise to assist the new Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) in its mission to identify, investigate, prevent and remedy an increasing number of elder financial abuse cases. In Sonoma County in 2014, 25% of the 3500 reports to Adult Protective Services involved elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds seniors could have used to pay for rent, medical care and other basic needs. 

  • Published on November 25, 2013
    November is National Adoption Month, a time both to celebrate adoptive families and to stand in solidarity with the many children still seeking the stability of a permanent home. This November is especially significant in Sonoma County, as responsibility for adoptions – previously held by the California Department of Social Services – has been assumed locally, by the Human Services Department.
  • Published on November 25, 2013
    A new study by Sonoma County Human Services, Health Services, and the Redwood Empire Food Bank, in partnership with Community Action Partnership and the Redwood Community Health Coalition has resulted in the release of the 2013 Sonoma County Hunger Index. The Hunger Index, which is an indication of how many meals are “missed” based on USDA recommendations, reveals that the amount of food needed to close the meal gap is alarmingly high in Sonoma County. Food insecurity can have dramatic negative impacts on individual lives and the community as a whole.
  • Published on May 8, 2013
    On Monday, May 20, Northern California veterans organizations are set to give proper military burials to the unclaimed cremated remains of 35 veterans at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon as part of the Missing in America Project.
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County of Sonoma
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Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.508155, -122.795028
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Santa Rosa, CA 95402

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