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Dad and daughter watering plants   Nurture your resilience: Discover ways to keep your pitcher full this summer

As we spend time with our family and friends this summer, the Devereux Center for Resilient Children offers resilience-building tips to keep our pitchers full – and to fill our children's cups with all they need to flourish.

Adults enrolled in Devereux California’s Day Program in Art class   Devereux CA partners with Grace Fisher Foundation to foster growth, creativity in adults

Adults enrolled in Devereux California’s Day Program are “brushing up” on valuable life, social and communication skills while attending art classes at the Grace Fisher Foundation’s Inclusive Arts Clubhouse.

Raindbow Heart   Pride Month: Fostering a culture where LGBTQ+ youth, adults feel valued and supported

Pride Month, celebrated in June, is a time to honor and uplift the voices of those within the LGBTQ+ community, promote inclusion and allyship, and recognize the challenges that remain for many LGBTQ+ youth and adults as they strive to live life as their authentic selves.

May Awareness   Mental Health Awareness Month: Fostering open dialogue, understanding and support

During Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is highlighting the importance of talking openly about mental health to combat stigma, foster a culture of empathy and understanding, and encourage those in need to seek support.

woman holding bag of vegetables   Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month: Celebrating differences, promoting inclusion

In recognition of Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month in April, Devereux is celebrating the differences of children, adolescents and adults with autism, and promoting inclusion for these individuals in all aspects of community life.

CA Marketing Video   Video: Welcome to Devereux California

Devereux California provides a comprehensive continuum of care for adults, ages 18 through lifespan, with diagnoses such as: autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, emotional and/or behavioral differences, and other cognitive differences. Learn how we are combining integrated and individualized care to help those we serve thrive.

March Awareness   Developmental Disabilities Awareness: Helping individuals with disabilities lead fulfilling lives

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is celebrating the many remarkable achievements of youth and adults with developmental disabilities, highlighting the importance of helping these individuals lead productive and fulfilling lives.

February Awareness   Recreational Therapy Month: Helping youth, adults achieve healthier, more fulfilling lives

During Recreational Therapy Month in February, Devereux is highlighting the positive impact recreational activities, such as arts and crafts, games and sports, can have on those with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

January Awareness   Human trafficking awareness: Empowering youth survivors to break the cycle of abuse

During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Devereux is highlighting the importance of empowering survivors to break the cycle of abuse, regain their independence and take control of their lives.

December Awareness   ‘Start on the inside:’ Nurture your resilience this holiday season

During the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in seemingly never-ending to-do lists. Before you dive head-first into the decorating, shopping, baking, wrapping and entertaining, Devereux Center for Resilient Children Director Susan Damico, M.A., suggests you take time to focus on your social and emotional health and well-being.

Katrina and Melvin Jones   National Adoption Month: Devereux N.J. parent shares foster care/adoption journey

Katrina and Melvin Jones became therapeutic foster parents with Devereux New Jersey in 2008. Since that time, they have fostered 25 children, including three currently. In 2012, they adopted their first foster child, Dennis, and then, in 2019, they adopted three other children, all brothers, Lavion, Demetrius and Dayshawn.

Meals on Wheels   Devereux California adults give back to community by volunteering with Meals on Wheels

Adults who participate in Devereux California’s Day Program have an opportunity to build community connections by volunteering with the Santa Barbara Meals on Wheels.

October Awareness   National Disability Employment Awareness: Fostering inclusive, welcoming workplaces

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Devereux is celebrating the significant contributions of employees with disabilities, and highlighting the importance of creating a workplace culture that is positive, supportive and equitable for all.

Direct Care Appreciation   Inspiring hope, changing lives: Devereux honors direct care team members during appreciation week

At Devereux, our direct care team members continuously put others before themselves, delivering high-quality, compassionate care to children, adolescents and adults living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

September Awareness   Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Be the one to start a conversation, save a life

During Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September, Devereux is joining other organizations in spreading the word about actions we can all take to provide help, healing and hope to those who are struggling.

OT Interns Room   KEYT-TV spotlights Devereux California’s greenhouse vocational program in report on Goleta Dam Dinner

Watch this KEYT-TV report on the Goleta Dam Dinner, spotlighting Devereux California’s greenhouse vocational program. Adults enrolled in the program recently created 50 succulent centerpieces for the city of Goleta’s annual benefit dinner at the Lake Los Carneros Dam.

August Awareness   Creating a summer routine: Enriching (and fun!) activities for children with disabilities

If you are looking to create a summer routine for your child, Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, offers enriching – and fun – activities for families of children with disabilities.

July Awareness   Build your bounce: Take the Devereux Center for Resilient Children’s five-week Resiliency Challenge

Everyone deals with stressful situations at some point in their lives. Being able to adapt to those situations requires resilience. The Devereux Center for Resilient Children offers a five-week Resiliency Challenge to help adults learn how to “bounce back” from misfortune or change.

Pride Month   ‘Devereux has always been a safe place for me:’ Arizona team member shares transgender journey

Devereux Arizona Accounts Receivable Specialist Team Lead Kagen Leva was 37 years old when he came out as transgender. Leva, who was working at Devereux Pennsylvania’s Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services center (now Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Services) at the time, describes it as a “sudden realization.”

GA Salon   Mental Health Awareness Month: Getting the support you need, when you need it

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Learn common warning signs of mental illness in youth and adults, as well as coping techniques to help you strengthen your well-being and resilience.

April Awareness   Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month: Thriving in the community with support from Devereux PA

Patricia Armellini, who receives services through Devereux Pennsylvania, wears many hats in her day-to-day life. She is a dog owner, artist and retail employee. Patricia says Devereux Pennsylvania’s Community Adult Autism Partnership Program has taught her essential job, life and social skills, and helped her secure and maintain meaningful employment.

March Awareness   Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Recognizing the unique strengths of individuals with disabilities

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is raising awareness about the importance of inclusion for children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities, and celebrating the unique strengths and vital contributions of these individuals.

Fahlberg Family Event   Family sponsors food truck for Devereux California staff to honor loved one

The Falberg family recently sponsored a food truck to thank Devereux California staff for providing their loved one, Terry Falberg, with care and support for more than 60 years.

Recreational Therapy Month   Recreational Therapy Month: Enriching the lives of youth, adults with disabilities

February is Recreational Therapy Month. Learn how Devereux is using recreational activities and programs to help those living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences acquire new skills, boost their self-confidence and improve their quality of life.

seeds of learning   Planting seeds of learning: Devereux California’s greenhouse program helps adults grow job, life skills

Adults who participate in Devereux California’s greenhouse vocational program are gaining more than a green thumb, they are cultivating critical job and life skills to help them increase their independence and enhance their overall quality of life.

January Awareness Month   National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month: Helping youth survivors reclaim their lives

Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has reported nearly 74,000 cases of human trafficking in the U.S. Learn how Devereux is empowering survivors to regain control of their lives and supporting them on their path to recovery.

disappointment   Taking on your feelings (all of them) during the holiday season

The holiday season is here. For many, this time of year may generate feelings of excitement, joy and happiness while, for others, it might elicit feelings of anxiety, anger, regret or disappointment. Learn how to recognize and label your feelings so you can better enjoy the holiday season.

Family Standard   Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health releases its annual report

Devereux recently released its 2021 annual report, which includes information about our commitment to quality and safety, and the Devereux Family Standard.

National Adoption Month   National Adoption Month: Changing lives, touching hearts, building bright futures

November is National Adoption Month. Learn how Devereux is helping youth in need find safe, stable and supportive homes where they can grow and thrive.

Ronald P. Burd   Devereux President Emeritus Ronald P. Burd reflects on recent visit to California campus

Recently, Devereux President Emeritus Ronald P. Burd visited Devereux California to meet with Executive Director Amy Evans, tour the campus and learn about current programs and services. Following his visit, Burd wrote a note to Devereux President and CEO Carl E. Clark II, reflecting on the progress that has been made since he first stepped foot on the California campus in 1984.

October Awareness   National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Seeing the ability in disability

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time to recognize the vital role people with disabilities play in the workforce. Learn how Devereux is helping adults build self-confidence, utilize their skills, achieve their goals and thrive.

Suicide Prevention   Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Providing help, healing and hope

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 46,000 Americans died by suicide in 2020, with an average of one person taking their own life every 11 minutes. Learn how you can help someone who is struggling.

August Awareness   Planning a summer vacation: Travel tips for families of children with disabilities

Planning on taking to the skies or hitting the open road this summer? Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, offers tips for families of children with disabilities to ensure a safe and successful trip.

power of empathy   Watch these video series on the power of empathy, overcoming toxic positivity

Practicing empathy can help you build stronger relationships, manage your emotions and foster greater compassion. The Devereux Center for Resilient Children offers free video series on the power of empathy and how to avoid toxic positivity.

Pride Month   Pride Month video: Devereux team members share what #DevereuxPride means to them

In recognition of Pride Month in June, team members from Devereux centers across the country share what #DevereuxPride means to them.

Mental Health Awareness Month   Mental Health Awareness Month: Make your mental health a priority

There has never been a more important time to make your mental health a priority. Learn coping strategies for managing stress and building resiliency.

April Awareness   Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month: Helping youth, adults with autism reach their full potential

April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. Learn how Devereux is helping children, adolescents and adults with autism lead fulfilling, productive and socially-connected lives.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month   Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Helping individuals with disabilities achieve their dreams

In recognition of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, learn how Devereux is helping youth and adults with developmental disabilities increase their independent living skills, integrate into the community and achieve the highest possible quality of life.

Safety and Quality Report   Devereux releases its Safety and Quality Report

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the largest and most advanced behavioral healthcare nonprofit organizations in the country, just published our most recent Safety and Quality Report.

Recreational Therapy Month   Recreational Therapy Month: Enhancing quality of life for individuals with disabilities

Learn how Devereux is using recreational therapy to help those living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences learn new skills, achieve greater independence and enhance their quality of life.

path to recovery   National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month: Supporting youth on their path to recovery

Human trafficking is a global issue that can happen to anyone, anywhere. Learn how Devereux is helping youth who have experienced emotional, physical, and sexual trauma and exploitation lead safe, healthy and happy lives.

holiday season tips   Stress less: What NOT to do this holiday season to help lighten your load

Devereux Center for Resilient Children Director Susan Damico offers tips for having a happy - and less stressful - holiday season.

Tyrone Burns   National Adoption Month: Devereux Florida helps young man find forever family

In celebration of National Adoption Month, learn how Devereux helped a young man heal from past trauma and find his forever family.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month   National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Recognizing the skills, talents of all individuals

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Learn how Devereux is helping adults secure and maintain meaningful and competitive employment in the community.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month   Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: One conversation can save a life

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 34, and the fourth leading cause of death for people ages 35 to 54. Learn how you can support those in crisis - and possibly save a life.

Amy and Annie   Managing back-to-school jitters: Tips to help children with special needs ensure a smooth transition

Is your child excited - and nervous - about heading back to school this fall? Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, offers tips to help children with special needs ensure a smooth transition.

Strengthening your resilience   Strengthening your resilience

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children offers tools and resources to help adults strengthen their social and emotional health and well-being.

Pride month   Celebrating Pride Month in June

Pride Month is a time to celebrate and raise awareness of the current issues facing the LGBTQ community. Learn how Devereux is creating safe spaces to help youth and adults strengthen their overall emotional health and well-being.

May Awareness Month   May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of many individuals. Learn how to cope with uncertainty and build your resiliency.

Santa Barbara County   Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California opening new group home in Santa Barbara County to help adults thrive

Devereux California has announced the opening of a new group home in north Santa Barbara County that will serve adults who are transitioning from state institutions and developmental centers to community-based settings - to help them grow and thrive.

LifeToGo   Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s Texas and California centers receive $20,000 worth of Personal Protective Equipment from LifeToGo

Devereux has announced it received a donation of more than $20,000 worth of life-saving Personal Protective Equipment, including face masks and hand sanitizer, from LifeToGo, a curated, lifestyle marketplace and health and wellness community.

brave   April is Autism Awareness Month

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Devereux Senior Vice President of Organizational Development Rayni Brindley, M.Ed., BCBA, shares her perspective on raising a child with autism.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month   March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

In recognition of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, learn how Devereux is helping youth and adults of all abilities achieve success in their homes, schools and communities.

swimming   Celebrating Recreational Therapy Month in February

At Devereux, providing fun, safe and effective recreational activities is a critical component of the successful treatment of youth and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

Mory Alvarez   Devereux California’s Mory Alvarez to retire after 40-plus years of service

After 44 years of exceptional leadership and service, Devereux California Quality Management Manager Mory Alvarez is officially retiring in February 2021, although she plans to continue working part-time for the center in another role.

Happy 2021!   Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Human trafficking is an issue that affects every country around the globe. Learn how Devereux is helping youth who have experienced emotional, physical and sexual trauma thrive and succeed in life.

Devereux California   Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California announces 2020 funders list

Devereux California has announced its 2020 funders list, comprised of generous contributors who awarded grants throughout the year to help adults living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences thrive and achieve their full potential. Funds from the grants were used to support Devereux California’s exercise and wellness programs and sensory awareness programs, and to continue to provide person-centered care and treatment to individuals served by the organization

December Awareness   Celebrate the season with new holiday traditions

The holidays may look a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean the festivities have to stop. Devereux Center for Resilient Children Director Susan Damico offers creative ways to make the season special, while staying safe and healthy.

November Awareness   Celebrating National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month, and Devereux is proud to work with foster and adoptive families to help children find a loving family and a permanent place to call home.

October Awareness   October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the significant contributions of workers with disabilities. At Devereux, we believe all individuals should be given the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents and thrive in their communities.

August awareness   Staying active and engaged while social distancing

Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, shares activities to help your child or adult with special needs learn new skills - and have fun - while staying safe and healthy.

Introducing …   Introducing … Devereux’s adult resilience initiative

Devereux is launching an adult resilience initiative to help team members learn new skills to strengthen their social and emotional health and well-being.

June Awareness Month   Celebrating Pride Month in June

Pride Month is an annual celebration in June of the LGBTQ community. Learn how Devereux is working to ensure every child, adolescent and adult in our care feels welcomed and safe to express themselves openly and without judgement.

May Awareness Month   Mental Health Awareness Month: Managing stress and anxiety during a pandemic

There has never been a more important time to make mental health a priority. Learn how to manage stress and anxiety related to COVID-19.

Autism Awareness Month   Autism Awareness Month: Talking to individuals with autism about COVID-19

Learn how to talk to children and adults with autism about COVID-19 to ensure they have the information and resources they need without causing unnecessary worry and anxiety.

Breaking down barriers   March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth and adults with developmental disabilities often face barriers that can make it challenging to function on a daily basis. Learn how Devereux is helping to break down these barriers.

Amy Evans   Amy Evans named one of the National Association of Women Business Owners’ 2020 BRAVO Award winners

Devereux California Executive Director Amy Evans was recently named one of the Santa Barbara chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners’ 2020 BRAVO Award winners. The award recognizes the accomplishments of eight women business leaders who have made a significant and positive impact in their communities.

Recreational Therapy   Celebrating Recreational Therapy Month in February

At Devereux, providing fun and healthy recreational activities is a critical part of the successful treatment of youth and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

Human Trafficking Awareness Month   January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Human trafficking is an issue that affects every country and every state in the U.S. Learn how Devereux Florida is granting hope and healing to individuals in need.

Wildfire evacuation   Devereux California team works seamlessly to keep adults safe during wildfire evacuations

A raging wildfire in the mountains above Santa Barbara, Calif., recently forced the temporary evacuation of two Devereux California group homes, and tested the resilience of the adults the organization serves, as well as its staff.

Being Present   Celebrating the season: Tips to avoid holiday stress

The holidays are a time of celebration, filled with family gatherings, gift giving and good cheer, but for many people, they also are a time of stress and seemingly never-ending to-do lists. Devereux Center for Resilient Children’s Nefertiti B. Poyner offers tips for families to slow down this holiday season and focus on being present, not perfect.

National Adoption Month   Celebrating National Adoption Month in November

Since 1995, National Adoption Month has been recognized in communities across the country. Devereux is proud to work with foster and adoptive families to help children in need find a permanent, loving family.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month   Recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October

National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the significant contributions of workers with disabilities. At Devereux, we believe all individuals should be given the opportunity to be included and achieve their fullest potential.

Breaking the silence   September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. Devereux joins other individuals and organizations to promote awareness and combat the stigma associated with this tragic loss of life.

Back to school tips   Back to school: Tips for creating a seamless transition

Devereux’s Amy Kelly shares back-to-school tips for parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

DECA 20 Years   DECA Program anniversary: Celebrating 20 years of promoting resilience in young children

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) Program, a strength-based assessment and planning system designed to promote resilience in children, ages 4 weeks to 6 years old.

California   Devereux California awarded $6,000 grant for multi-sensory equipment for adults with autism

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California was recently awarded a $6,000 grant to purchase multi-sensory equipment for adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

June Awareness Month   Celebrating Pride Month in June

Pride Month is an annual celebration of the LGBTQ community, and a time when LGBTQ individuals - and their supporters - seek to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges youth and adults face in their daily lives.

Mental Health Awareness Month   You are not alone: Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is proud to serve as a nationally recognized leader in the evolving field of behavioral healthcare, providing innovative specialty mental health programs/services for youth and adults with emotional and behavioral disorders.

CIDDS   Autism Awareness Month: Nurturing greater understanding, compassion and support

In honor of Autism Awareness Month in April, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health a leading provider of autism services for children, adolescents and adults - wants to highlight the need for greater understanding, compassion and support to help individuals diagnosed with autism lead more independent, fulfilling and socially connected lives.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month   Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Promoting inclusion

March has been recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month since 1987 when President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation urging Americans to provide individuals with developmental disabilities “the encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”

  Recreational Therapy Month: Recognizing the value of therapeutic recreational programs

Recreational therapy uses activities such as music and dance classes and arts and crafts to help stimulate and improve the overall health and well-being of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions.

  Human Trafficking Awareness Month: Join the fight against modern-day slavery

Human trafficking is an issue that affects every country around the globe. In the United States, one of the biggest challenges to combating this form of modern-day slavery is a lack of awareness and understanding.

  California center requires use of Devereux’s Early Childhood Assessment Program

A nonprofit regional center in California that provides supports and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities is requiring that early intervention providers in the three counties it serves start using the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Program.

  Focusing on togetherness during the holidays

Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., offers tips for families to focus on togetherness during the holiday season.

  National Adoption Month 2018: Join the conversation

Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Month and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health wants to shine a light on the urgent need to connect the thousands of children and youth in the U.S. foster care system with permanent, loving families.

  Recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, we believe all individuals should be given the opportunity to be included and make a positive impact in their communities.

  Helping individuals in crisis: September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The American Association of Suicidology reports that, in the U.S., nearly 45,000 individuals died by suicide in 2016. In addition, the organization said suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, with an average of one person taking his or her own life every 11.7 minutes.

  Devereux California celebrates adults with special needs during annual event

More than 200 guests participated in Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California’s 18th annual “Devereux Day” event on August 11 in Goleta, Calif.

  Focusing on trauma: Take Devereux’s pledge to promote social/emotional health in children

This month, the Devereux Center of Resilient Children invites everyone to embrace our shared role in promoting healthy early childhood development by taking its online pledge to promote the resilience of all children, and to learn more about the negative impacts of childhood trauma, as well as the need for trauma-informed practices.

  Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California Awarded $50,000 Grant from the Medtronic Foundation

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California, a nonprofit behavioral health provider serving Santa Barbara County, is pleased to announce that the organization was recently awarded a $50,000 grant by the Medtronic Foundation.

  April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. As more children are being diagnosed with ASD than ever before, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California stands at the forefront to support individuals throughout Santa Barbara County who have been diagnosed with ASD, and their families, in the development of communication, social and independence skills needed to realize fulfilling, productive and socially connected lives.