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Karen Faria
Executive Director

15000 Arnold Drive
Eldridge, CA 95431
Public: (707) 938-6000
Fax: (707) 938-3605
TTY: (707) 938-6548

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Sonoma Developmental Center

Sonoma Developmental Center

Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC), located on approximately 900 acres near Glen Ellen in Northern California, opened in 1891 and currently serves approximately 390 people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

SDC is one of four State-operated facilities within the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and is committed to a culture of respect, high-quality services, active treatment, teamwork, continuous improvement, and positive outcomes. SDC's primary customers are the people who reside at the center, their families, advocates, employees, and other developmental services providers. The SDC campus is comprised of acres of land, lakes and various structures including a residential campground, store/cafeteria, post office, petting farm, sports fields, swimming pools, equestrian program and picnic areas. Find more information about Sonoma County.

VISION:

Embracing a Future of Possibilities

MISSION STATEMENT:

SDC provides person-centered planning, services, and supports to people with developmental disabilities so that they have the opportunity to achieve their potential.

VALUES:

  • A philosophy of serving others that is dedicated to residents, staff, and stakeholders through timely, considerate, competent, and committed actions.
  • An organization that is built on respectful relationships that honors choice, rights, trust, and communication.
  • The responsible management of resources--fiscal, physical, and human--through planning and preservation. The promotion of leadership at all levels because we are responsible, innovative, dynamic, and inclusive.

SDC has a history in meeting the needs of people with developmental disabilities by providing an extensive array of services that promote ongoing health, learning, self-advocacy, and increased independence. Innovative social, recreational, educational, vocational, and other programs are continuously offered.

PUBLIC INFORMATION AND TOUR ARRANGEMENTS:

In order to preserve the privacy and dignity of individuals living at the DC, general public tours are not provided. Educational tours may be provided for groups at the discretion of the Executive Director. Tours for individuals are not available. For public information, or to schedule a tour, please contact the Assistant to the Executive Director/Public Information Officer at (707) 938-6643. Members of the media who would like a tour are asked to complete and submit the Media Access Request and Agreement form.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

 
 
Last Updated: 7/29/2015