North Bay Regional Center Senior Companion Program – Recruiting for Volunteers!

The Senior Companion Program offers men and women, 55 years of age and older who meet the qualifications, the opportunity to serve their community by sharing their time and attention with adults that have require specialized support. We serve adults in the catchment area of North Bay Regional Center. These are caring volunteers who devote 5-40 hours per week to helping these adults lead a more independent and productive life. In improving the lives of the people who they serve, the volunteers enrich their own lives. No formal education is required. What is important are life experiences and the wisdom that the seniors will share. Senior companion volunteers served in local Art Galleries, Vocational sites, Adult Day Care Centers, and Day Treatment Programs specializing in working with people with developmental disabilities.


Senior Companion receive the following benefits:

  • A Tax Exempt Stipend (Does not effect rent, social security or other benefits)
  • Transportation Reimbursement
  • Daily Meal Reimbursement
  • Paid Holidays
  • Annual Leave Time
  • Orientation and monthly In-Service Training
  • Field Trips and Recognition events
  • Socialization opportunities


For more information: Ana Horta (707) 566-3005;

SCP Informational Flyer

We are currently developing sites, please call us if you are interested in having volunteers at your program

Early Start Therapeutic Services-637 Waiver to use Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy Assistants

May 24, 2019 Update:

Please follow the below link to view the submitted 637 Waiver for NBRC’s Early Start Services

NBRC 637 Waiver Early Start

April 15, 2019

North Bay Regional Center proposes the ability to negotiate with contracted Speech/Language, Physical, Occupational and Early Intervention Program Therapy Vendors to utilize Speech and Language Pathology Assistance (SLPAs), Physical Therapy Assistants (PTAs) and Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) to provide direct services to the birth to 36 months population in their family homes or Natural Environment (NE).  As we strive to lessen disparity and increase access to Early Start services for all our families, an appropriate network of service providers is crucial, and the use of certified assistants, supervised in a manner required from their respective board, as described in the California Business and Professions Code, will help ameliorate the challenges of securing services for individuals and families.

For a full description of NBRC’s plan and requested regulations to be waived please click AB 637 NBRC Early Start Therapies


A Public Meeting for comments on this proposal will be held during the North Bay Regional Center Board of Directors meeting on:

May 1, 2019 at 6:00 P.M.

North Bay Regional Center

2351 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95403


Written comments can be emailed or mailed to through 05/1/19

Please use PUBLIC COMMENT as subject line

Attn. Courtney Singleton, PO Box 3360, Napa, CA 94558

Request for Proposal Released: Early Start, Crisis Home and Spiritual Care Coordinator Funding Available – due March 22nd

NBRC is excited to announce we are accepting Request for Proposal (RFP) applications for 4 projects!

Below are the current projects available plus a link to the  RFP.

More information, instructions and forms can be found here

  1. Early Start Services (1819-7) $75,000
  2. Spiritual Care Coordinator (1819-8) $25,000
  3. Housing Developer Organizations  (1819-10) $525,000
  4. Community Crisis HomeResidential Provider Funding ONLY (1819-11) $175,000

Important Dates:

Technical Briefing Meeting March 13th 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m Napa & March 18th 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Santa Rosa
RFP Due Date March 22, 2019
Interviews April 2nd and April 5th
Selection Notification Week of April 8th 2019

Self Determination Program meeting on March 11, 2019

Please visit our Self Determination page for agenda and minutes of past meetings

NBRC Hosts Town Hall Meetings to Discuss Purchase of Services Disparity

Join NBRC staff at one of 3 opportunities to learn about additional funding for Regional Centers to address purchase of service disparities and proposal for Outreach efforts. Presentations will be provided in Spanish.

Let us know your suggestions for overcoming cultural barriers to accessing and using services

Dates: February 25th – Napa

            March 13th – Santa Rosa

             March 25th – Vallejo

More information here:

Town Hall Meeting information and dates

Town Hall Meeting information and dates SPANISH


Sonoma Developmental Center update – message from our Executive Director

­­Today, December 17th, 2018, the last NBRC client transitioned from Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) into the community.

Congratulations to everyone involved with this historic effort!

To put this accomplishment into perspective, SDC opened in 1891 and has been a fixture of the North Bay community ever since.  SDC served thousands of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities over more than a century, with several thousand people residing there during its peak.

The closure of SDC was announced in 2015, making this the fastest closure process in California history.  Since the announcement, NBRC transitioned 93 individuals into new homes – many of whom had lived at SDC for decades.  Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our staff and community partners, the transitions were very successful.  While there were some bumps along the way, individuals and families are overwhelmingly satisfied with their new living environments.  Feedback from individuals, families, and service providers indicates that people are happy and thriving, as they adjust to life in the community.

During this process, NBRC renovated and vendored 28 homes (including the first Community Crisis Home in the state and the second Enhanced Behavioral Support Home), opened 4 new day programs, and opened the first integrated Federally Qualified Health Clinic specializing in serving people with developmental disabilities.  The resources developed are of the highest quality and will be available to the NBRC community in perpetuity.

I cannot overstate the gratitude and appreciation I feel towards everyone involved with this historic effort.  Your hard work, attention to detail, diligence, dedication and commitment are truly inspirational.  Thank you and congratulations!

We did it!

Gabriel Rogin

Executive Director

North Bay Regional Center

Mary Ida Cook Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair – Friday, December 7th

Please join us in celebrating the music, arts and crafts of our clientele at the

Mary Ida Cook Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair!

December 7th, 2018  10-1 pm

North Bay Regional Center

610 Airpark Rd, Napa

more information here:

Arts & Crafts Fair