Debtors Anonymous -
For men and women with a desire to stop using any forms of unsecured debt, to stay solvent and help others     achieve solvency. Call (916) 349-7093 for local meeting times or visit their website at


Gamblers Anonymous -
12-step support group for compulsive gamblers. Evening and day meetings. Call answering service at (916) 447-5588.


Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous -
12-step group for those who have compulsive needs for sex or attachment. Also have groups for partners. Various locations of group. No cost - free will donation. Call their message phone at (916) 552-1442.


Freedom from Smoking -
The Lung Association offers this group which uses a positive behavior change approach that shows you how to become a nonsmoker and to have fun with the group as you quit together. Trained facilitator. $89 for 8 weeks. Contact their office at (916) 444-5864 or go to


Chemical Dependency Center for Women
Support groups and workshops on issues related to problems and prevention of chemical dependency. Also parenting classes and grandparents support groups. Sliding scale fees and they also take MediCal. Call their office at (916) 448-2951 or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


LifeRing -
This is a non-12 step approach to recovery with numerous local meetings. They are based on total abstinence, are peer led, and not affiliated with any religious beliefs.


Narcotics Anonymous - Placer County-
Meets Fridays at 7pm at the Sierra First Baptist Church. No fees. Contact person is Nancy Goodman at (530) 389-2168.


Rational Recovery Systems, Inc. -
An alternative to the 12-step approach. This approach does not believe addiction is a disease. They believe it is lack of information on how to quit. For more information call Lois at (530) 621-2667 or call 800-303-CURE or visit their website at


The Effort -
Groups for all drug-using individuals. Led by trained professionals. Sliding scale fee. Call their office at (916) 444-6294 or visit their website at


TOPS (Take Off Weight Sensibly) -
TOPS: Helping people reach and maintain doctor-prescribed weight goals. Meetings at many locations. Free. 1-530-527-7541 or


Substance Abuse - MICA Support Group
Center for anyone with problems with mental illness and chemical abuse, or chemical abuse alone. Friends and family with concerns are welcome. Trained facilitators. No fees. Contact person is James at (916) 737-7100.



Widowed Persons Association of California-
Support groups, one-on-one interaction and social activities offered. Dues are $50 per year. Contact number is (916) 972-9722.




Changing Courses
52 week anger management program. Sliding scale $10 - $45. In North Highlands. For men and women. Contact them at (916) 332-5056.


M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
Support groups for people who have family members who have been killed or injured in a drunk driving crash. Meets last Tuesday of each month at 6pm on Howe Avenue. No fees. Call them at (916) 921-6233 or visit their website at




W.I.T.S. -
Initials stand for Western Institute of Therapeutic Studies. This is an anger managment program for court ordered referrals from Department 62. For men and women. Includes specific programs for batterers treatment, workplace violence, and child abuse. $35 enrollment fee, then sliding scale fee. Contact their office at (916) 428-9759 or visit their website at


Men Working with Their Violence
52 week program for offenders. Sliding scale. Call (530) 661-6336 or visit their website at


Anonymous Groups


Clutterers Anonymous -
The Sacramento area group meets every Thursday (except major holidays) at Sun River Church in Rancho Cordova at 11223 Trinity River Drive. The meeting is at 7:00 p.m. upstairs in the Children's Ministries Building, Room E22. Park on the South side of the church (facing Trinity River Drive) and enter the building from the ramped entrance. Clutterers Anonymous is non-sectarian. What does Clutterers Anonymous have to offer you? Find out about the real problem lurking underneath the physical mess and how others have found hope. What is clutter? Clutter is anything we don't need, want, or use that takes our time, energy or space, and destroys our serenity. It can be outgrown clothes, obsolete papers, broken toys, disliked gifts, meaningless activity, ancient resentments, or unsatisfying relationships. We may be selective in some areas, but not in others. Objects may be strewn about or wedged into drawers; neatly stacked or stowed in storage.


Asperger's Syndrome


Sacramento Aspergers Syndrome Support Group
Support group for parents and caregivers of children with Aspergers syndrome/high functioning autism/pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). Meets the second Tuesday of each month. Contact person is Lynne Weissman at (916) 682-1740


Davis Area Aspergers Support Group
The Davis Area Asperger's Support Group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at the Alternative Rec. Building at 1111 Anderson Road, in Davis. Contact persons are Robin at (530)753-8649 or


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Sacramento Aspergers Syndrome Meetup Group -

A monthly support and information meeting for anyone interested in Asperger's Syndrome. Some attendees describe themselves as having Aspie traits or have an actual diagnosis. Others are friends or parents, grandparents, or other family members. Everyone is welcome. Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 P.M. at: Fall Creek Counseling Associates.   Cost is a requested $5.00 donation per person to cover expense


Autistic Spectrum Disorders

M.I.N.D. Institute 2005 Lecture Series -
2005 Distinguished Lecturer Series LOCATION: M.I.N.D. Institute Auditorium 2825 50th Street Sacramento, CA 95817 All lectures are free and open to the public. No reservations are required. The 4PM lecture is more technical in nature and oriented towards specialists. Reception:5:30PM - 6:30PM 6:30 lectures are more general and oriented towards community members. For additional information,including directions, please visit their website. (916) 703-0285 M.I.N.D. INSTITUTE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS




Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center -
Services related to brain injuries. For professionals, and brain impaired adults and their families. Sliding fees. Many types of services in many parts of California. In Sacramento, call (916) 971-0893.


Community Agencies with Sliding Fees


Family Service Agency
Family Service Agency, located near Watt and Folsom Blvd provides counseling for children, adults and families. MediCal is accepted and a sliding fee is provided based on monthly income. Their number is (916) 368-3080.


Catholic Social Services
Catholic Social Services and New Pathways (a division of Catholic Social Services) provides counseling for children, adults and families of all denominations. Their standard fee is $70, but they also offer a sliding fee based on income. They are located on Newman court in Sacramento and can be reached at (916) 452-1218.


Jewish Family Services -
Jewish Family Services no longer provides counseling, only case management.They are located on Arden Way, and can be reached at (916) 484-4400.


Carmichael Presbyterian Counseling Center
Carmichael Presbyterian Counseling Center provides counseling for all ages and all denominations. They are located near Marconi and Fair Oaks and can be reached at (916) 483-2989.


Samaritan Counseling Center -
Located at 1507 21st Street in Sacramento, this counseling center serves all ages. You can reach them at (916) 456-4614.


Terkensha Associates North Area Mental Health Clinic
Terkensha Associates is located on Grand Avenue and provides counseling and medication management. They accept MediCal and provide sliding fees based on income. You can reach them at (916) 922-9868.


California State University Counseling Center -
CSUS provides services to students and non-students. The Education Department offer services for the cost of $50

per semester, which equals about 14 visits. The Psychology Department offers free services. They are located at 6000

J Street and can be reached at (916) 278-6252 or 278-6887 (Psychology Counseling Dept.) Counseling is provided by graduate students.


White House Counseling Center -
To use the services of White House, you must live in the San Juan Unified School District. They accept MediCal. Standard fees are $30/hr for interns and $70/hr for licensed counselors, but a sliding fee is available based on need. They also provide parent skill training. They are located on Sutter Avenue in Carmichael and can be reached at (916) 971-7640.


Diogenes Youth Services-
Diogenes provides short-term individual, group and family counseling. Services are free unless court mandated, in which case the fee ranges from $25-$75/hr. They are located at 9719 Lincoln Village Drive in Sacramento. Call 369-5447.


Asian Pacific Community Counseling -
Free services provided to the Asian/Pacific Islander community. Located on Power Inn Road, call 383-6783.

Sacramento Urban Indian Mental Health Program -
Free services for all ages to members of the American Indian community. Call 441-1095.


County Related Services


Placer County Mental Health Services -
Call 787-8800. Their 24 hour crisis line is 889-7240.


Sacramento County Mental Health Center (Inpatient Hospital) -
Their 24 hour crisis number is (916) 732-3637.


Sacramento County Mental Health -Adult Services -
This is a number to get authorization for mental health services for persons living in Sacramento County on MediCal. They contract with several agencies. Services are generally short-term and there may be a waiting list. Call 875-1055 for adult services. For children's services, call 875-1180.


Options for Recovery

This program provides free parenting classes, help in finding recovery programs and some short-term counseling for women only. Call 874-9890.


Nevada County Mental Health -
Their 24 hour crisis line is 265-5811.


El Dorado County Mental Health -
Their 24 hour crisis line is 622-3345.


Yuba-Sutter County Mental Health -
Their 24 hour crisis line is 673-8255.


Sacramento County Mental Health Services - Children -
This Sacramento County website lists and describes numerous programs for children and teens. Phone numbers and addresses are included.


Domestic Violence


Peace for Families (Placer County) -
Services for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Support groups, advocacy and shelter for battered women and children. Groups led by professionals. Sliding fees. No fee for groups. Also provides legal services in Auburn. Contact: Nancy Bassett at (530) 885-0443.


Domestic Violence and Women's Centers


Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE) provides counseling for men and women and a safe house for women and children. Call their 24 hour crisis line at (916) 920-2952.


Placer County Women's Center
Their 24 hour crisis line is 652-6558.

The Center for Violence-Free Relationships (formerly called El Dorado Women's Center) in Placerville
The Center for violence-free relationships. Their new address is 344 Placerville Dr. Suite 11 Placerville Ca 95667, the new website is, the phone numbers are 530 626 1450 and 916 939 4464, and the crisis hotline numbers are 530 626 1131 and 916 939 6616.


Nevada County Domestic Violence Crisis Line
Their number is (530) 272-3467.


Eating Disorders


Loving Our Bodies
Support group for those with an eating disorder including bulemia, anorexia, overeating. Weekly meetings for 90 minutes. Private, trained leader. Fees on a sliding scale. Contact Deborah Cohen at (916) 491-1216.


Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
For men and women who suffer from overeating, under eating, bulimia, or obsession with food or body size and have a desire to stop using food addictivly. Call  408-491-9824 or visit our website their website at for local meeting times.


Compulsive Eaters Anonymous -
12-step group for anyone who eats compulsively. No fee - goodwill donation. Call (916) 773-2149 for meeting times or visit




Social Security -
The toll free phone number for information is 1-800-772-1213.


General Health


Hearing Disabilities -
Here are two agencies that help with hearing disabilities: Agency for Hearing Tests hearing and prescribes hearing aids to low income people. Hearing classes available. No fee for homeless, sliding fees otherwise. Call their office at (916) 732-9040 or visit CCHAT Center (Childrens Choice for Hearing and Talking) Helps children 0-8 and their families. No fee support groups. Call Lisa or Tina at (916) 361-7290.




Sharing Parents -
Support group for those whose babies have died from time of conception through early infancy due to miscarriage, prenatal decisions, stillbirths, genetic defects, prematurely or early infant deaths. Facilitated by trained group member. No fees. Contact them at (916) 424-5150 or visit their website at


Children's Bereavement Art Group
Groups for children to express their grief through art activities. Facilitated by art therapist with background in childhood grief. For children ages 4-16. No fees. Call the hospice most convenient to you - Mercy Hospice/Sacramento at (916) 281-3900, or Auburn Faith Hospice/Auburn at (530) 886-6650.


Learning Disabilities


Learning Disabilites
Here are two groups that offer support and information regarding learning disabilities: LD Adult Support Group Support, info and referrals for adults with learning disabilities. Facilitated by Marilyn Hatch, Educational Therapist. No fees. Call Marilyn at (530) 677-5711. LD Parents Support Group Also facilitated by Marilyn Hatch at (530) 677-5711. No fees. This group is for parents of children with learning disabilities.


Learning Disorders

Brainasium -
Brainasium is a learning center (not a tutoring center) that works with parents and schools to help struggling children learn more effectively. They use academic, occupational, listening, and sensory therapies. If your child has a hard time being in sync with others and the world around him, he (or she) may have some sort of sensory processing challenge. This is an important piece of the puzzle that traditional evaluators often miss. For more information, visit their website or call them at (916) 780-1818.


Local Groups


Alcoholics Anonymous -

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 24 hour hotlines: (916) 454-1100 Sacramento 781-2763 Roseville 272-6287 Nevada County Free meetings, call for times and locations. Have a pencil ready, you may get a recorded message with meeting times. A welcoming friendly group where you can be anonymous. You do not have to talk, you can just listen. This is a wonderful resource also because you can get a "sponsor" - someone to work with you one-on-one as a peer.


Al-Anon -
Al-Anon Counterpart to AA. This group is for friends or family members of someone with a drinking problem. Free. In Sacramento, call (916) 334-2970. In Placer County, call (530) 88803645.


Al-Anon Adult Children -
Al-Anon Adult Children Free meetings for adults raised in alcoholic homes. In Sacramento, call (916) 334-2970


Narcotics Anonymous -

Narcotics Anonymous Sacramento hotline: (916) 732-2299


National Depression & Manic-Depression Group -
Local chapter of NDMD meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdayat Sutter Center for Psychiatry at 7700 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento. Meetings are from 7:30pm until 9pm. Free group for adults suffering from depression or manic-depression (bipolar disorder) or those family and friends affected by it. Contact person is Andrea at (916) 875-4710 or Marilyn at (916) 875-5644. For local information, go to: There are also meetings in Woodland and Davis that are listed on the above website.


Bereavement Network Resources of Sacramento -
Bereavement Resources provides information and referrals to groups and services related to grief in the greater Sacramento area. Their 24 hour voice mail takes your name and someone returns your call. They have free weekly meetings, sometimes with speakers, other times specifically "sharing" groups. Call 916-557-5882.


Compassionate Friends -
This is a free support group for parents who are grieving the death of a child. Call (916) 457-4096.


Toughlove Parent Support Groups -
Toughlove is a free support group for parents who want guidance and support in handling out of control children, teens, or adult children. Meetings are held in several locations. Adults only. No childcare is provided. Call 483-8508.


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Support Group
OCD Support Group holds free meetings twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at Sutter Center for Psychiatry at 7700 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento. Contact person is Jim at (916) 223-6541 or Judy at (916) 355-1827.


OA Overeater's Anonymous -
OA : Overeater's Anonymous follows a 12-step approach. Free. OA HOW approach: 916-733-2149 OA : 916-349-7144.


Placer County Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Meets the first Monday of each month in Beecher Room of Auburn-Placer County Library. Phone 823-5269.


Sons in Retirement
Social group for retired men. Devoted to the promotion of independence and dignity of retirement. Offers monthly no-host lunches with guest speakers at various restaurants. Also offers activities such as bowling, golf, and travel. Contact person is Young Stewart at (916) 332-8732.


Alzheimers Caregiver Support Groups -
Several organizations offer these groups for caregivers. The Alzheimers Association can be reached at (916) 482-8290 or visit their website at


The Alzheimers Aid Society support groups can be reached at (916) 448-7001 or 800-540-3340.


Sutter Alzheimers/Dementia Support Group can be reached at 800-4-SUTTER or at


Family/Caregivers of Cancer Patients
Learn positive ways to cope with cancer in a safe group setting facilitated by a health care professional. Every Tuesday 6 - 7:30pm at Sutter Cancer Center, 2800 L Street , Suite 430. Call 800-4-SUTTER for more information or visit


Head Injury Support Groups
There are several resources for individuals or family members of those with head injuries. Head Injury Support Group at UCD Medical Center Information and support. No fees. Contact person is Holly at (916) 734-3467. Head Trauma Support Project Local affiliate provides support, education and resources. Meetings and occasional guest speakers. No fees. Call their office at (916) 568-6660. Head Trauma Support Project Support group every Thursday at 7pm. Contact Gerry at (916) 567-4222.


Self Esteem Class - Building Self Esteem
This is a great class sponsored by the Sacramento Mental Health Association and the Sacramento City Library. For any adult not currently going through a crisis to develop higher self esteem. Eight week, 2 hours each week. Total cost only $25 for materials (LOTS of good handouts). Contact is Bill at (916) 395-9734.


Sacramento Alliance on Mental Illness -
NAMI-Sacramento is the Sacramento Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. It is a non-profit, grassroots, self-help, volunteer support and advocacy organization of consumers, family members and friends of persons afflicted with serious brain disorders (mental illnesses), such as schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders among others. NAMI Sacramento offers classes to educate people with mental illness and their families so that they are better equipped to navigate through experiences and challenges. The Family-to-Family Course is taught by trained volunteers who have a mentally ill family member themselves. The Peer-to-Peer Course is taught by trained people who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness. In Our Own Voice is a program by trained presenters who give personal testimony about their own journeys with mental illness.


Psychiatric Hospitals


Heritage Oaks CPC Hospital -
Located on Auburn Blvd in North Sacramento, their number is 489-3336.


Sierra Vista CPC Hospital -
Located on Bruceville Road in South Sacramento,their number is 423-2000.


Sutter Center for Psychiatry -
Located on Folsom Boulevard in Sacramento, their number is 386-3000. You can also call 1-800-801-3077 24 hours/day.


Kaiser Hospital -
Their 24 hour number is 973-5300.


School Related Topics


Special Education Attorneys Ruderman and Knox -
This is a local firm dedicated to representing clients with special education law issues. Their focus is on helping children get the education to which they are entitled and assisting your family throughout this process. There is no charge for an initial consultation. Parents who prevail in the state administrative process may be entitled to have their reasonable legal fees paid by the school district. This enables them to provide legal representation for a reduced charge or no-charge basis—depending on the merits of the case and the client’s ability to pay for legal services.


Sensory Processing Disorder


Brainasium -
Brainasium is a learning center (not a tutoring center) that works with parents and schools to help struggling children learn more effectively. They use academic, occupational, listening, and sensory therapies. If your child has a hard time being in sync with others and the world around him, he (or she) may have some sort of sensory processing challenge. This is an important piece of the puzzle that traditional evaluators often miss. For more information, visit their website or call them at (916) 780-1818.




Friends for Survival -
Contact person: Marilyn Koenig (916) 392-0664. Friends For Survival, Inc. is a national non-profit outreach organization open to those who have lost family or friends by suicide and; also to professionals who work with those who have been touched by a suicide tragedy. Friends For Survival has been offering services since 1983. All staff and volunteers have been directly impacted by a suicide death. We offer: • A monthly newsletter of support and information • Information and referral regarding local resources • Comprehensive list of printed resources and tapes • Suicide Loss Helpline with volunteers who have shared the tragedy of suicide • Program for educationing the community about suicide awareness • Consultation available to workplace and agencies impacted by a suicide death • Conferences, retreats, and support meetings • Speakers Bureau The loving outreach of Friends For Survival volunteers can bridge the gap between despair and renewed hope. Those whose loss is recent can lean upon the shoulders of those who have made progress in the difficult task of working through grief.


Suicide Prevention


Suicide Prevention -
From Sacramento, call 368-3111 day or night. From Auburn, call (530) 885-2300 From Lincoln, call 645-8866. From Roseville, all 773-3111.


Victims of Violent Crime


Victim Assistance Program -
If you or a family member have been the victim of a violent crime, (examples include rape, assault, domestic violence, stalking, armed robbery, victim of a drunk driver, molest or sexual abuse), and a police report has been filed, you may qualify for funds for counseling. They will refer you to several therapists convenient to your location. You can phone them at (916) 874-5701. (If our office is convenient for you, we do accept payment directly from this program.)


Women's Health


Women's Health Specialists -

Women's Health Specialists provide preventive reproductive health care and answer questions about health concerns. Services include annual examinations, breast exams, pap smears, education, counseling and treatment for common and often chronic women's health concerns, i.e., recurring bladder infections, annoying vaginal infections, menstrual period irregularities, pelvic pain, fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease. All services are on a sliding fee scale. Most women and their partners qualify for free examinations and treatments at WHS whether you are insured or not. You can sign up on these free programs at your appointment. These programs cover gynecological examinations, lab tests, pap smears, birth control, STD testing and treatment, mammograms, HIV testing. WHS also accepts Medi-Cal and private health insurance. For appointments: (916) 451-0621 Spanish / Espanol: (800) 714-8151