Buckelew Programs Now Offering Free Services to Sonoma County Families of Youth


Contact:  Jill Wallace, Communications and Development Manager, Buckelew Programs
Phone:  707-266-2413
Email:  JillW@Buckelew.org

SONOMA, CA – October 8 – Buckelew Program’s Family Service Coordination (FSC) Team has announced that the department is expanding its free services and is now providing support to families with youth 18 years and younger in Sonoma County. The program offers education and system navigation to family, friends, caregivers and allies of youth who are experiencing any mental health or substance use challenge.

The program supports youth and their families experiencing a wide range of mental health challenges including social concerns, anxiety, autism, substance use challenges and complex mental health needs. The free service does not require a diagnosis, doctor’s referral or insurance

“We work with families and caregivers to build a safety net by providing support and system navigation connecting families to schools and social services,” says Katie Swan, FSC Team Leader. “We encourage families to reach out, as we can offer critical early intervention support and resources.”

Additional challenges, such as food insecurity, transportation and help with school communication can also be addressed. There is no time limit for support, allowing for follow-up appointments to ensure the youth and their loved ones are receiving the help they need.

The program expansion is made possible by a partnership with the Community Health Investment (CHI) Department of Providence, Sonoma County.

According to Providence CHI manager Dan Schurman, “The FSC program has no barriers to entry and is free to any family member or ally of a youth that is having behavioral health challenges in Sonoma County. They meet families wherever they are and guide them through the continuum of behavioral health, from prevention to recovery.”

For more information or to connect to Buckelew Programs’ FSC staff, please call (707) 571-8452.

About Buckelew Programs
Buckelew Programs' mission is to promote recovery, resilience, and hope by providing behavioral health and support services that enhance quality of life. Buckelew Programs helps people in Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties with mental illness, addiction and related behavioral health challenges lead healthier and more independent lives. For more information, please visit Buckelew.org.