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What's Happening at Devereux California … April 2018

A note from our Executive Director Amy Evans

Recently, I attended the California Supported Living Network’s 18th Annual Leadership Conference in San Diego. During the event, I was struck by two thoughts: 1) the incredible devotion the people in our field have for the individuals we serve; and 2) that every gain in California’s behavioral healthcare marketplace has been the result of grass roots efforts. Changes in our system happened because we were in a crisis, and people moved to make a change happen.

Today, our current focus is on rates. The Developmental Disability Services system across the state is undergoing a rate study, and results are due in March 2019.

As a coalition, we are asking for 4 percent GAP funding until we receive the survey results, and the legislature makes a decision regarding any future actions. Additionally, our population, among many others, is facing a significant housing crisis.

At this time, there is no affordable housing for our individuals, and there is nothing on the horizon (for them) with the national and state focus on deinstitutionalization. More and more the question is, “Where are these people going to live?” Devereux California is prepared to advocate for adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences who need our support. Keep reading future issues of our newsletter to stay up to date on this topic.

Thank you for your support!

Amy Evans
Executive Director – Devereux California


Amy Evans

Amy Evans
Executive Director

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

Devereux California is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded a $50,000 grant by the Medtronic Foundation.  

Funding from the grant will give us the ability to support and grow three programs focused on expanding access to chronic disease healthcare for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD), an underserved population in Santa Barbara County. These programs include our:

  1. Medically Fragile Program
  2. Supported Living Services Program
  3. Enhanced Behavior Supports Home 

Specifically, the funds will support the areas of staff training, equipment, supplies, assessment tools and technology.  

“We are so grateful to the Medtronic Foundation for its support and generous donation, which will help our team expand and enhance chronic disease healthcare services to meet our individuals’ needs and improve quality of life,” said Devereux California Executive Director Amy Evans. “And many thanks to the Medtronic Goleta local grant committee for recommending Devereux California for this grant!”

Devereux California Welcomes Imelda Loza!   

Let’s give a warm welcome to Imelda M. Loza, program administrator for our Somerset Home! In this role, Imelda will provide leadership in the daily operations of our adult residential treatment program and assist in the development of all phases of the program, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations. In addition, she will lead program planning and monitor treatment plans for the individuals we serve every day. Imelda comes to us with several years of experience in program management and development in her former leadership positions at the Women’s Recovery Home at the Casa Serena and Casa Esperanza Homeless Center. Imelda graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Summa Cum Laude, and was the recipient of the Thomas More Storke Award for Excellence in Community Service and Scholarship. She also received a degree in law from the University of California, Davis School of Law.


Imelda Loza

Imelda Loza


Devereux California Advisory Board News  

The Devereux California Advisory Board Welcomes Maureen Keane 

The Devereux California Advisory Board is pleased to welcome Maureen Keane as a new member at large. Maureen has been an active supporter of Devereux California for several years, and is a family member of one of the individuals we serve. We have the pleasure of seeing her friendly face on campus frequently, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Welcome to the Advisory Board, Maureen!


Maureen Keane

Maureen Keane

East Coast Meets West Coast!  

Recently, Devereux California Advisory Board member Chair Pat Kistler welcomed Devereux National Trustee and Devereux New York Advisory Board Co-Chair Jane Taylor to Santa Barbara. The Devereux board members met to exchange ideas on Advisory Board development and best practices.  


Pat Kistler (left) and Jane Taylor (right)

State of the City, Goleta  


Pictures (l-r) Wendy Cooper, Rebecca Popke, Amy Evans

Wendy Cooper, Manager of External Affairs, Rebecca Popke, Admissions and Marketing Manager, and Amy Evans, Executive Director, attended the 11th Annual Goleta State of the City on April 6 at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara. The luncheon featured a State of the City presentation by Mayor Paula Perotte, a former member of the California Advisory Board of Devereux, and an update on the city finances from City Manager Michelle Greene.  

Staff Appreciation Party  

In March, our staff enjoyed an evening out at the Creekside Restaurant and Bar in Santa Barbara for our annual Staff Appreciation Party. Several local businesses and individuals donated raffle prizes, which were given away at the event. Staff enjoyed a great meal and danced the night away. A huge “thank you!” to all those who made this event possible!

Supported Living Services staff enjoying the music. Pictured (l-r): John Morrison,
Trudy Nguyet, Stephanie Vargas Estrada and Brianna Cason.

Information Resource Specialist Jesse Hunt and his prize basket donated
by Advisory Board member Pat Kistler.

Supported Living Services Coordinators Chase Manoukian and Evan Tambini
won cake towers donated by Nothing Bundt Cakes.


April is Autism Awareness Month  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that autism spectrum disorder continues to be the fastest-growing developmental disability in the country, and the numbers are staggering. Approximately one in every 68 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism. With numbers like these, it is likely everyone knows someone impacted by autism.   

During National Autism Awareness Month in April, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health stands at the forefront to support, and strongly advocate for, individuals and families living with autism, putting them on a path of greater independence and involvement within their communities.   

Additional CDC statistics reveal the reach of autism in the United States:

  • About 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder.
  • ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
  • ASD is about 4.5 times more common among boys (one in 42) than among girls (one in 189).
  • About one in six children in the U.S. had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism. 

Click here to learn more.

On April 2, individuals in our Adult Day Program wore blue as part of the #LightItUpBlue campaign in honor of World Autism Awareness Day.


Upcoming Events  

  • An Evening in Italy will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the Goleta Valley Community Center. This event is a vibrant cultural gathering where we invite friends throughout the community to join us for great good and dancing.  
  • Devereux Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. This special day celebrates our individuals – and their friends and family – who will enjoy lunch, entertainment and games on the lawn of our beautiful Devereux California campus. If you or your business would like to make a donation to this event, please contact Wendy Cooper, Manager of External Affairs, at  

How you can help …

Devereux California currently serves more than 90 individuals in our residential facilities, and their own homes, throughout the Santa Barbara community – and that number continues to grow. Thank you to our Devereux families, individuals, staff, Advisory Board members, donors and all those who make it possible to continue the mission of our founder – Helena Devereux.  

Keep reading to find out how you can help support Devereux California: 

Call for Donations: Evening in Italy

Devereux California is preparing to host its annual “Evening in Italy” event – a social event for our individuals and their peers – on Wednesday, May 9, at the Goleta Valley Community Center. The evening will include a delicious Italian meal and dancing! We are seeking donations to assist with decorations and food. Please contact Cynthia Thompson at, or via phone at (805) 879-0310, if you would like to donate a gift card from Albertson’s, Costco, or Smart & Final. 

Wish List:  

Our Adult Day Program is in need of recreational equipment, computers, iPads and other learning tools to meet the program’s objectives for behavioral and vocational skill-building. If you are interested in donating to our wish list, please contact program director Julie Badella at, or call (805) 879-0306.  

The Greenhouse at the Goleta Farmers Market

If you plan to visit the Goleta Farmers Market, make sure to stop by the Devereux California booth, where participants in our Adult Day Program will sell Succulent plants and herbs grown in our very own Devereux Greenhouse. Proceeds from all sales, after costs, are shared among the individual workers.

The Devereux Greenhouse is also open for sales on Friday mornings, from 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m., as part of our Adult Day Program.  

To support Devereux California with a gift, please contact the Office of External Affairs at (805) 879-0307.


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