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Welcome to the UC Davis MIND Institute and Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) resource page for Support Groups

What are Support Groups?

Support groups are an informal resource that strive to provide assistance for a variety of problems and challenges.   A unique aspect of support groups is the mutual support members are able to provide one another.  Support groups provide additional resources that can be invaluable.

Important to Remember

Although many of the support groups meet monthly, they may be canceled for an unforeseen reason.  If you plan on attending a support group, it is important to contact the group to make sure the meeting is still taking place.  A good place to start looking for support are Family Resource Centers.

 **Please contact the support groups directly for more information**

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Bipolar Disorder
Down Syndrome

Fragile X Syndrome 
Head Injury Support
Learning Disabilities
Mental Health
Parent Resource Centers
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Sibling Support Group 










CHADD Groups of Northern California and Central California

CHADD of Greater Sacramento
1st Tuesday of the month
7 - 9pm
UC Davis MIND Institute Auditorium
2825 50th Street, Sacramento
Contact: TJ Vidales, Coordinator (888) 759-9758 Voicemail Hotline
Map & Directions

CHADD of El Dorado Hills
3rd Tuesday of the month
7 - 9pm
El Dorado Hills Branch Library
7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills
Contact: Carolyn Brooks & Al Brody, Coordinators (916) 358-3500

CHADD of Central Valley
4th Wednesdays of the month
7 - 9pm
Doctors Hospital of Manteca
1205 East North Street, Manteca
Contact: Brion Cartwright, Coordinator (209) 373-0300

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Sacramento Asperger Syndrome Information & Support (Sacramento AS IS)
2nd Tuesday of each month
7 - 9pm
UC Davis MIND Institute
2825 50th Street, Sacramento

Six facilitated groups meet at the same time and locations are in separate rooms/areas for the meetings.  Child care is not available for the meetings.  Brochure

  1. Parents & Caregivers Support
  2. *Parenting Skills Group, $5 per person for each meeting
  3. *Adults with Support Group, 18 and older
  4. *Social Learning Coaching Group, 16 and older
  5. *Job & Networking Club, 18 years & Older
  6. Women Partners of Men with Asperger Syndrome

*Before attending the groups for the first time, Contact Lynne Weissmann at or (916) 682-1740

FEAT Family Resource Meeting
3rd Wednesday of each month
7  - 9pm
Shriners Hospital Auditorium
2425 Stockton Blvd. Sacramento
Meeting Coordinators:  Ann Fagin (916) 684-4376 or

Meetings are open to parents that have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Meetings are designed to provide information to families in addition to a network of support where families can meet each other and discuss issues surrounding autism, advocacy and treatment options.  Learn more about FEAT (Families for Early Autism Treatment).

UC Davis Autism Awareness Association
Meeting intended for UC Davis students

Meeting agendas will be posted when they become available.
Find out how you can get involved in the club!  Come join us and bring in your ideas, learn about different officer and committee positions, and get to know your fellow club members! 

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Sacramento Bipolar Support Group - Balanced
1st and 3rd Wednesday each month
7 - 8:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
1500 27th Street, Sacramento

This support group is designed for people with bipolar disorder who want practical tools to improve their life.  The group also welcomes family and friends who want to learn about bipolar disorder. Contact Joe Long (916) 834-0004 for more information.

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Sacramento
2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month
7:30 - 9pm
Sutter Center for Psychiatry,
7700 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento

People dealing with their own or a family member's depression, bipolar and other mood disorders. Donations are welcome, but meetings are free.  Learn more about DBSA

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The Fathers Circle
4th Thursday of each month
6:30  - 8:30pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, Fellowship Wing Room
1225 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton

Mission:  To celebrate and support men raising children with special health care needs and developmental disabilities. The Fathers Circle provides a forum for men to share current information, resources and their experiences, with one another.  

Parents Supporting Parents
First Tuesdays of each month
6 - 8pm
Southgate Community Library
6132 66th Avenue, Sacramento

Composed of Spanish-speaking parents, this group supports parents who have children with disabilities.  Emotional help and a sense of self understanding is provided.  Communication, resolving conflicts, and receiving mutual support from each other is a significant function of the group.  For more information, call Warmline Family Resource Center at (916) 922-1490, or (800) 660-7995.

Apoyo de Padres Para Padres
El primer Martes del me de 6 a 8pm
Southgate Community Library
6132 66th Avenue, Sacramento

Este grupo hispano de padres apoyando a padres de niños con discapacidades, se formo en el año 1991 con el propósito de compartir inquietudes comunes. Se provee ayuda emocional y comprensión entre las mismas familias. Una de las funciones significativas del grupo es la comunicación, así como el dar y recibir ayuda mutua.

Todos los miembros de este grupo comparten intereses comunes. Y se reúnen para apoyo mutuo, intercambiar soluciones, solucionar efectivamente diferentes crisis o problemas por medio de apoyo, emocional, y información de las diferentes, organizaciones existentes que pueden brindar ayuda.


Para más información comunicarse al teléfono: (916) 922-1490 o (800) 660-7995 con el Centro de Recursos Familiares –Warmline.

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Epilepsy Foundation Northern California
3rd Tuesday of each month
6 - 8pm
Sutter General Hospital, Conference Room C
2801 L Street, Sacramento

The Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California provides free monthly support group meetings at various locations throughout the region we serve. People affected by epilepsy as well as their friends and family are encouraged to join us for education, discussion and support in a friendly and comfortable environment. Call Erika Wasser at 916-454-6851 with questions.  Learn more about the Epilepsy Foundation.

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Fragile X Northern California Support Group

Monthly meetings for Sacramento alternate between Sacramento and the Bay Area
(800) 994-FRAX

Fragile X parent resource groups are groups of parents in a local area who organize support meetings, social gatherings, educational and/or fundraising events. Leaders of resource groups also agree to be parent contacts.  Learn more about The National Fragile X Foundation.


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Learning Disabilities Association of America
LDA has state and/or local affiliates in every state. Membership in LDA includes membership in your state and local affiliate, giving you access to an array of services and supports. State and local affiliates offer a variety of services that can make a difference in the lives of individuals with learning disabilities and their families. State and local activities may include: support groups, regular informational meetings, resource libraries, advocacy assistance, newsletters, annual conferences and opportunities to network with other parents, teachers, professionals and adults.  Learn more about LDA.

PEN (Parent Education Network)

SAFE (Student Advocates for Education)

Monthly, 3rd Tuesdays, September-May, 7:00-8:30 pm
Jesuit High School
1200 Jacob Lane, Carmichael 95608

Meetings for PEN and SAFE are held at the same time.  PEN members include parents of children (all ages), educators, and professionals who are working to empower and bring academic and life success to students with learning and attention differences.  SAFE members are open to students with learning challenges, ages 13-19, who are passionate about learning differently and pursuing their fullest potential. Learn more (LINK)

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NAMI Connection Recovery
Every Sunday evening
7 -8:30pm
Sutter Center for Psychiatry
7700 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento

Support group for people dealing with their own mental illness, regardless of the diagnosis. For any questions regarding this group contact Joseph Teixeira NAMI Sacramento Connection Coordinator Phone (916) 425-9855.

NAMI Sacramento – Family Support Group
2nd Thursday of each month
Natomas Service Center
6:30 - 8pm
3291 Truxel Road #26, Sacramento

People dealing with a family member's mental illness. For question please contact Pat Pavone (916) 397-7831

NAMI Sacramento – Family Support Group
4th Wednesday of each month
7 - 8:30pm
Sierra Vista Hospital
8001 Bruceville Road Elk Grove

People dealing with a family member's mental illness. For any questions regarding this group contact the facilitator Caroline Caton at (916) 204-4512.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) Sacramento
2nd Thursday of each month
6:30  - 8:30 pm
Natomas Service Center
3291 Truxel Road #26 (Truxel and San Juan), Sacramento

People coping with a family member's (Family Support Group) mental illness.  Please contact Pat Pavone, Facilitator at (916) 397-7831 for more information regarding this meeting.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) Sacramento
4th Wednesday of each month
7 - 8:30pm
Kaiser Permanente Clinic
9201 Big Horn Blvd., Elk Grove

People coping with a family member's (Family Support Group) mental illness.  For more information, please contact NAMI at (916) 364-1642.

NAMI-Yolo Family Support Group  (Davis, Woodland)
Phone the NAMI-Yolo Helpline at (530) 756-8181 for time and location.

Family support groups in English and Spanish are open to those who care for a family member or friend living with a mental illness and seeking a supportive environment for sharing information, problem-solving strategies and empathy. A trained NAMI-Yolo family member leads these groups.

Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services
Phone: (916) 875-7070

Mental Health Services offers mental health care, referrals, and support services to mentally ill children, adolescents, and adults in Sacramento County.

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PHP Parents Helping Parents
Most groups meet at a regular time each month. Some provide lectures by a variety of professionals on different topics of interest while others primarily provide a social opportunity for parents/caregivers to talk together. Some groups provide a combination of these things. You are welcome to attend any support group meeting or lecture that is of interest and relevance to you. PHP staff also has information on non-PHP support groups in the community.  Learn more about PHP.

Support for Families - San Francisco Area
(415) 282-7494

Since 1982, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities has offered information, education, and parent-to-parent support free of charge to families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need in San Francisco.  Learn more about Support for Families.

Warmline Family Resource Center
Sacramento Office: (916) 922-9276
Rocklin Office: (916) 632-2100
Para services en Español, usted puede llamar el (916) 922-1490

Warmline Family Resource Center's mission is to provide information, education, and support to promote and strengthen the foundation of families and children with special needs to face the challenges of the present and create new dreams for the future.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Every Monday
7 - 9pm
Sutter Center for Psychiatry
7700 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento

Support group for people coping with their own or a family member's obsessive compulsive illness. For more information please contact Jim at (916) 223-6541 or Steve at (916) 456-8239.

OCD Kids Sacramento – Family Support Group 
Every other month - January, March, May, July, September, November
2 - 4pm
Kaiser Permanente Point West Clinic, 1650 Response Road, Conference Room #1, Sacramento

OCD Kids Sacramento is a free support group for kids 18 and under and their families living in and around Sacramento. The goal of this support group is to instill hope among those battling OCD and to provide support to one another by sharing  experiences of the past and present. The group is assisted by Susan Haverty, a therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD. 

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NEW! - Sibling Support

3rd Thursdays of each month
6 - 8pm
4400 Imagination Parkway, Sacramento

This support group is for siblings 19 years of age or older of brothers and sisters with a disability.  The group meets monthly to talk about various issues and to learn from one another.  Contact for more information.

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Support Groups Beyond Sacramento

In the Spectrum (Autism Support Group)
Yuba City
Call (530) 751-1925 for time, date and location

Family SOUP
(530) 751-1925

Family SOUP is a family empowerment center dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and providing information and facilitated referrals to families with children of all ages with special needs. They offer a variety of programs including IEP trainings and support, parenting classes, counseling, and fun family activities for parents/caregivers and children

FEAT (Families for Early Autism Treatment)
Fresno, CA

Families for Effective Autism Treatment Fresno/Madera County (FEAT-FMC) is a non-profit organization of parents and professionals, dedicated to help families with children who have received the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), or Aspergers Syndrome. It offers a network of support where families can meet each other and discuss issues surrounding autism and treatment options. FEAT-FMC has a Board of Directors that meets monthly to discuss issues, establish priorities, and vote on the direction of the organization. Call (559) 232-9094.

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The websites listed are independent of the UC Davis MIND Institute and Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD).  Resources are provided for information only and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of the UC Davis MIND Institute and Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

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