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UC Davis MIND Institute

Support Groups

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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**

ADHD
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Bipolar Disorder
Down Syndrome
Epilepsy

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADHD

CHADD of Sacramento (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) 

  • When:  1st Tuesday of the month 
  • Time:  7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Where:  UC Davis MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, Calif.  Map & Directions 
  1. October 1, 2013
  2. November 5, 2013

Please call CHADD directly for meeting information.  Click here for additional meeting locations and times.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders

 Alta Family Advisory Committee Meeting

  • When:  1st Wednesday of each month
  • Time:  6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Where:  Call to confirm location

The Family Advisory Committee is designed to inform and advise the Board of Directors of significant issues, proposals, policies, or changes in conditions, law, or regulations affecting the family members of consumers. This committee is open to up to 25 members, who are family members of Alta consumers.

A.S.P.I.E. - A Special Purpose in Everyone

Social networking for teens with Asperger Syndrome.  This group is to help teens (and pre-teens) 11-15 navigate through their Jr./Sr. high school transition.  Meeting locations and dates vary.  Contact Andrea Raymond at apltready@yahoo.com for more information.

FEAT Family Resource Meeting

  • When:  4th Wednesday of each month
  • Time:  7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Where:  UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, Calif.
  • Meeting Coordinators: 

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).  

 Sacramento Asperger Syndrome Information & Support

  • When:  2nd Tuesday of each month
  • Time:  7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Where:  UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, Calif.

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

  1. Parents & Caregivers
  2. ASD Adult Support Group, 18 and older,
  3. ASD Coaching Group, 16 and older
  4. Women Partners of Men with Asperger Syndrome

UC Davis Autism Awareness Association

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! 

 The Fathers Circle

  • When:  4th Thursday of each month
  • Time:  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Where:  Trinity Lutheran Church, Fellowship Wing Room, 1225 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, Calif.

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.  

Support Groups Beyond Sacramento

In the Spectrum (Autism Support Group) - Yuba City 

Call (530) 751-1925 for time, date and location.

Family SOUP

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.  For more information call (530) 751-1925.

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 Asperger’s 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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Bipolar Disorder

Sacramento Bipolar Support Group - Balanced 
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. 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month - 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church - 1500 27th Street .  Contact Joe Long (916) 834-0004 for more information.

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Sacramento

  • When:  2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month 
  • Time:  7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Where:  Sutter Center for Psychiatry, 7700 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento, Calif.

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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Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome New Parent Support Group, Down Syndrome Information Alliance (DSIA

  • When:  3rd Thursday of each month  
  • Time:  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Where:  UC Davis MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, Calif.  Map & Directions
  • Where: American Legion Meeting Room, 523 Bush Street, Woodland, Calif.

Come meet other parents in a safe and comfortable space to discuss all aspects of being a parent to a baby with Down Syndrome.  Bring your questions, everything is welcome or come to listen and share with others.  Make friends and develop a support system for the days and years ahead.

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Epilepsy

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 Syndrome

Fragile X Northern California Support Group

  • Monthly meetings for Sacramento alternate between Sacramento and the Bay Area
  • Phone:  (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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Head Injury Support Services

Kids Head Injury Support Services
We are a new support group formed to service families in the Northern California region. We aim to offer support to parents, caregivers and families of children who have sustained a head injury. Our goal is to provide a safe place to discuss rescources, strategies and support. Our first meeting is scheduled to take place on February 9, 2012 and meetings will occur every other Thursday, with the option to change to weekly meetings, should the need arise.

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Learning Disabilities

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.


Mental Health

NAMI Connection Recovery  
Support group for people dealing with their own mental illness, regardless of the diagnosis. Every Sunday evening, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Sutter Center for Psychiatry, 7700 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento.  For any questions regarding this group contact Joseph Teixeira NAMI Sacramento Connection Coordinator Phone (916) 425-9855.

NAMI Sacramento – Family Support Group
People dealing with a family member's mental illness.   Natomas Service Center on 2nd Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. 3291 Truxel Road #26, Sacramento CA 95833. For question please contact Pat Pavone (916) 397-7831

NAMI Sacramento – Family Support Group
People dealing with a family member's mental illness.  At Sierra Vista Hospital: 4th Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 8001 Bruceville Road Elk Grove CA.  For any questions regarding this group contact the facilitator Caroline Caton at (916) 204-4512.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) Sacramento

  • When:  2nd Thursday of each month
  • Time:  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Where:  Natomas Service Center, 3291 Truxel Road #26 (Truxel and San Juan), Sacramento Calif. 

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

  • When:  4th Wednesday of each month
  • Time:  7 p.m. - 8:30p.m.
  • Where:  Kaiser Permanente Clinic, 9201 Big Horn Blvd., Elk Grove, Calif. 

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)

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.

Phone the NAMI-Yolo Helpline at (530) 756-8181 for time and location.

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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Parent Resource Centers

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 

  • Telephone: (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

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

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 
Support group for people coping with their own or a family member's obsessive compulsive illness. Every Monday at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m at Sutter Center for Psychiatry 7700 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento.  For more information please contact Jim at(916) 223-6541 or Steve at (916) 456-8239.

  • OCD Kids Sacramento – Family Support Group    
    • When:  Every other month - 2012 January, March, May, July, September, November
    • Time:  2 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
    • Where:  Kaiser Permanente Point West Clinic, 1650 Response Road, Conference Room #1, Sacramento, Calif.

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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Sibling Support Group

NEW! - Sibling Support 
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 ddenton-2010@hotmail.com for more information.

  • When:  3rd Thursday of each month
  • Time:  6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
  • Where:  7400 Imagination Parkway , Sacramento, CA 95823

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