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About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California

Celebrating the past ...

What began in 1945 as "the Devereux Ranch School" is now a premier provider of services to individuals with disabilities, and their families, in the state of California. Helena T. Devereux, a pioneer in the fields of special educational and residential treatment, came from Pennsylvania to expand her programs on the West Coast. She found an ideal setting in Santa Barbara - the bluff top "Campbell Ranch" - overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Campbell Manor was surrounded by acres of wooded groves, sand dunes, estuaries and meadows. The Manor, now an historic landmark, served as the main administrative headquarters for Devereux California for more than 60 years.

Embracing the present ...

Today, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California’s administrative headquarters can be found at the Jacobs House on the North Knoll of the Santa Barbara campus. Presently, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California is a thriving treatment facility offering residential and adult vocational or day activity programs to individuals ages 18-85 with multiple diagnoses such as, autistic spectrum disorder, emotional and/or behavioral differences, intellectual and developmental disabilities, dementia and other cognitive disorders, and other medical conditions.

In Santa Barbara, campus-based, residential living provides the optimal setting for some residents, while others enjoy fully or semi-independent group homes and apartments in nearby neighborhoods. Elderly or retired individuals in our care remain active with hobbies, projects or field trips in our "Day Program."

Reaching for the future.

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California is proud to be part of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health one of the largest and most advanced behavioral healthcare nonprofit organizations in the country.

As part of Devereux’s core values, we are Always en Route, continually incorporating new innovations to advance our services, our industry and the lives of those we serve. Similarly, Devereux California will continue to grow, diversify and enhance its services, facilities and programs, and will continue to work with public agencies, families and communities to bring quality services to those who need our support.

About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the largest and most advanced behavioral healthcare organizations in the country. We have a unique model that connects the latest scientific and medical advancements to practical, effective interventions in the treatment of behavioral health.

We were founded in 1912 by one of the first pioneers in the field, Helena Devereux. Today, we are a national nonprofit partner for individuals, families, schools and communities, serving many of the most vulnerable members of our society in areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health, and child welfare.

Informed by the latest advancements in science and medicine, we combine evidence-based interventions with compassionate family engagement to help change lives. Our programs are offered in hospital and residential, community, and school-based settings.

They include:

  • Comprehensive Assessment, Diagnostics and Measurement to support data-driven care
  • Evidence-based Treatment & Special Education
  • Transition and Independent Life Services
  • Family Education and Professional Training
  • Research and Innovation to advance the field
  • Advocacy, Public Awareness and Prevention

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health changes lives –   by unlocking and nurturing human potential for people living with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences.