History

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California provides a continuum of care for adults faced with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and mental health challenges, including residential and day treatment programs, community-based group homes, Supported Living services and respite care programs. These programs and services positively impact the lives of the individuals we serve and their families.

In 1912, a young Philadelphia teacher named Helena Trafford Devereux became discouraged as she saw firsthand that children with special needs were underserved by the public education system.  Believing she could do better, she began teaching some of these children in her own home.  She strongly believed that children, regardless of the level of their disabilities, could learn and achieve personal growth in an environment tailored to their needs.

At the request of families on the West Coast, in 1945 she traveled from Pennsylvania to expand her programs to California. She found an ideal setting in Santa Barbara, the bluff top "Campbell Ranch," overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The main house on the property which came to be known as the “Devereux Ranch School” was The Campbell Manor which 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.  Devereux California is part of one of the oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare in the country since 1912. Across its national network, Devereux partners with families, schools and communities in order to help some of our nation’s most vulnerable individuals achieve happiness and personal fulfillment.