Devereux California’s new group home in north Santa Barbara County.

Devereux California’s new group home in north Santa Barbara County. (Courtesy photo)

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California will open a new group home in north Santa Barbara County that will serve adults who are transitioning from state institutions and developmental centers to community-based settings. The facility is designed to help its residents to grow and thrive.

The three-bedroom enhanced behavioral supports home will provide intensive services and support to adult males living with autism spectrum disorder and/or other medical and behavioral health concerns. Services will be delivered in a safe and therapeutic environment with a person-centered approach to ensure each resident’s needs are met.

Skilled direct care staff and behavioral analysts will create an environment that fosters skills-based functional growth. Team members will use specialized sensory tools, communication technology and hearing assists, as well as picture format learning, to help adults achieve their full potential.

Utilizing the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework, which promotes the reduction of challenging behaviors through the encouragement of positive behaviors, Devereux California staff will create a skills development plan tailored to meet each resident’s unique needs and preferences.

“Our new group home will allow adults with disabilities the opportunity to live meaningful and productive lives as active members of their communities,” said Amy Evans, Devereux California executive director. “There is a significant need in the community for these types of living environments.

“Our primary goal is to help ensure the individuals we serve are happy, healthy and engaged in the community.”

Founded in 1945, Devereux California provides a continuum of care for adults — ages 18 through lifespan — with diagnoses, including autistic spectrum disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, emotional and behavioral challenges, dementia and other cognitive disorders.

Devereux California offers residential and day treatment programs; community-based group homes, supported living services and respite care.

The organization operates three residential care facilities in Goleta, two enhanced behavioral homes in Santa Barbara, as well as more than 20 supported and independent living homes and apartments throughout Santa Barbara County.