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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. Helena T. Devereux, a pioneer in the fields of special educational and residential treatment, came from Pennsylvania to expand her programs to 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 over 60 years.

....embracing the present...

Now, the administrative headquarters for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California is at Jacobs House on the North Knoll of the Santa Barbara campus. Presently, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health    Santa Barbara 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 disorders, emotional and/or behavioral disorders, mental disorders, dementia and other cognitive disorders, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, and 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 persons can remain active with hobbies, projects or field trips in our "Life Enrichment Program."

...reaching for the future.

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Santa Barbara is honored to be part of an organization that enjoys a national reputation as the premier provider of quality behavioral health treatment and special education services since 1912.

As part of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health's national plan to become, in the Twenty-First Century, the provider, employer and charity of choice in our service industry, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health   Santa Barbara is continuing to grow, diversify and enhance our services. The Santa Barbara Center is continually enhancing its facilities and programs. Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health  will continue to work with public agencies, families and communities to bring quality services to those in need.

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.