Programs and Resources

Programs and Resources

University Programs and Resources for Students

The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Committee

The purpose of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee is to serve as an advisory to the Vice President for Student Affairs with regard to student substance use/misuse/abuse with the intention of promoting: 

  • a safe living, learning, and working environment;
  • the use of critical thinking skills, self-awareness and personal/community responsibility;
  • healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors regarding alcohol and other drugs

Membership consists of representatives from the following on and off campus partners: Residential Education and Campus Housing (REACH), Associate Dean of Students/Director of Student Conduct, Athletics Director, Confidential Advocate, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Dean of Students, Faculty Affairs, Fraternity and Sorority Life Advisor, Office for Prevention of Harrassment and Discrimination (OPHD), Sonoma County Department of Health Services, Student Athletic Advisory Board Student Rep, Student Health Center, Director of Student Involvement, Associated Students appointee, University Police.

The AOD Workgroup meets every other week (Mondays) during the academic year.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Education & Prevention Specialist (AODEPS)

The AOD Education and Prevention Specialist reports to the Director of Student Conduct, within the Division Student Affairs.  In consultation with the University Care Team, the AODEPS provides individual or group sessions for students in order to identify risky behaviors in hopes to prevent alcohol and drug abuse amongst Sonoma State students.

Student Health Center (SHC)

The Student Health Center provides high quality medical, public health, and health education services designed to support the retention, academic achievement, and success of SSU students, facilitate healthy lifestyle choices & help promote a safe, healthy campus environment.

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  • Location: West side of campus, north of Schulz Library & across from Zinfandel Residence Halls
  • Phone: (707) 664-2921
  • Email:
  • Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm M-F excluding campus holidays & closures

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS offers confidential counseling to students experiencing personal problems that interfere with their academic progress, career or wellbeing.  

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  • Location: 
  • Phone: (707) 664-2153
  • Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursdays, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Emergency Drop-In Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am - 4 pm

University Programs and Resources for Employees

Human Resources Employee Assistance Program

The primary focus of Sonoma State University’s substance abuse prevention program is education and counseling.  As part of this program, the University will provide educational workshops for faculty, staff, and students, to address the medical, health, psychological, social and legal ramifications of illicit drug and alcohol use.  Sonoma State’s Employee Assistance Program (offered through Empathia at will continue to provide information, evaluation, counseling, and referral service to employees seeking help with personal, emotional, substance abuse, or chemical dependency. 

Sonoma State recognizes drug and alcohol dependency as treatable conditions and offers employee support programs for individuals with substance dependency problems. Employees are encouraged, but not required, to seek assistance for drug and alcohol related problems.

Employees can contact Empathia Pacific at (800) 367-7474, or LifeMatters website offers free assessment tests on Alcohol and Drug Screening, Drug Abuse Screening, and a General Risk Health Assessment as well as related articles and resources.

LifeMatters provides up to three counseling sessions for employees and/or their family members to assist with problems related to substance abuse or chemical dependency.  Services provided directly by LifeMatters are free for all employees.  If you are referred to outside resources, you will be advised about associated costs. Use of LifeMatters or a counselor is confidential, unless your safety or the safety of another individual may be at risk.

General questions can be forward to the Payroll and Benefits Office at 707-664-2793 or

Local Community Resources

Adult Children of Alcoholics

(ACA)/Dysfunctional Families is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of men and women who grew up in dysfunctional homes. We meet to share our experience of growing up in an environment where abuse, neglect and trauma infected us. This affects us today and influences how we deal with all aspects of our lives.

Al-Anon (Alateen)

Al-Anon members are people, just like you, who are worried about someone with a drinking problem.

Al-Anon (Alateen)-Sonoma County 

If you’ve been affected by someone else’s drinking, or know someone who has, you’ve come to the right place. We are a volunteer group who has no other affiliation. We have been helped by the Al-Anon program, and we appreciate the opportunity to share our positive experiences with others who have a family member, a friend, a coworker, or know anyone who is or has been affected by a problem drinker. We are proof that there is hope! 

Alcoholics Anonymous 

International fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

Alcoholic Anonymous Intergroup Fellowship Office (Sonoma County)

Service body directly responsible to the A.A. groups of Sonoma County. Its primary purpose is to meet the needs of the A.A. groups and to provide services as required.

Anthem Blue Cross

For hospital employees represented by a collective bargaining unit. With Anthem, you’ll find the best Medicare plans for your budget and health care needs. In California, you can pick from Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement plans and Prescription Drug Coverage plans. Our plans have Medicare coverage options for everyone so let us help you find one to fit your needs!

  • Website: 
  • Phone: (800) 331-1476
  • Individuals & Family Plans (under age 65): (844) 285-5159
  • Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage Plans: (855) 715-5316 
  • Medicare Part D Plans: (855) 731-1094 
  • Employer Plans: (877)242-5659
  • More assistance and phone numbers: 

Cocaine Anonymous

Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from their addiction.

Cocaine Anonymous (Sonoma County)

Our primary purpose is to stay free from cocaine and all other mind.altering substances, and to help others achieve the same freedom.

County Department of Health Services

Promoting and Protecting the Health and Well-Being of Every Member of the Community. Provides a broad range of innovative programs and services designed to promote, develop and sustain the health of individuals, families, and communities. Health Services is here for you and the community. 

Drug Abuse Alternatives Center (DAAC)

Turning Lives Around by Providing Healthy Alternatives to Alcohol and other Drug Use. We have provided thousands of people the tools and guidance to live a healthy and sober life.

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  • Location: Center Point DAAC, 2403 Professional Drive Santa Rosa, CA 95403 
  • Phone: (877) 888-DAAC(3222) or (707) 544-3295

Drug Enforcement Administration 

Enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.

  • Santa Rosa Phone: (707) 837-2324
  • Drug Facts Website: 
  • Drug Scheduling Website: 
  • Controlled Substances Website:
    • Drugs, substances, and certain chemicals used to make drugs are classified into five (5) distinct categories or schedules depending upon the drug’s acceptable medical use and the drug’s abuse or dependence potential

  • Resource Guide 2017 Edition: Drugs of Abuse Website:
    • Education plays a critical role in preventing substance abuse. Drugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide, is designed to be a reliable resource on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States. This comprehensive guide provides important information about the harms and consequences of drug use by describing a drug’s effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key facts. 

Drug Enforcement Administration Resource: Campus Drug Prevention 

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is pleased to provide institutions of higher education and their surrounding communities with these resources to prevent drug abuse among college students. We are committed to promoting the importance of prevention and its role in helping ensure the health and safety of our nation’s colleges and universities.

Family Anonymous Drug Abuse

12 Step fellowship for the families and friends who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems. When you come into our rooms you are no longer alone, but among friends who have experienced similar problems.  Any concerned person is encouraged to attend our meetings, even if there is only a suspicion of a problem.


Founded on the radically simple idea that everyone deserves the chance to live a healthy life. That’s why you can find high-quality care and coverage in one place. As a member, you’re at the center of everything we do — from pioneering new ways to treat cancer to building useful tools that make it easier to stay on top of your health. We’re all in this together. And together, we thrive.

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  • Member Service Center Phone: (800) 464-4000
  • Medicare Members Phone: (800) 443-0815
  • Point-of-Service (POS), PPO, and Out-of-Area Indemnity (OOA) members Phone: (800)-788-0710 
  • Northern California appointments and Advice Phone: (866) 454-8855
  • Hours: Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Marijuana Anonymous

Fellowship of people who share our experience, strength, and hope with each other that we may solve our common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction.

Narcotics Anonymous 

Help you find the freedom to live your life without the use of drugs. Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are not interested in what or how much you used or who your connections were, what you have done in the past, how much or how little you have, but only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can help. Our Primary Purpose – to carry the message to the addict who still suffers.

National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency

Saving Lives and Helping Families Recover The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) and its Affiliate Network is a voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting the Nation’s #1 health problem – alcoholism, drug addiction and the devastating consequences of alcohol and other drugs on individuals, families and communities. 

  • Website:
  • Location: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)217 Broadway, Suite 712, New York, NY 10007
  • Hope Hotline Phone: (800) NCA-CALL or (800) 622-2255
  • Email:

Petaluma People Services (Counseling and Prevention Services)

Collection of 53 human services programs based on best practice research with measurable outcomes. We are a community of caregivers existing within the larger community whose sole purpose is to help make people’s lives better. We strive to do this one child, one adult, and one senior at a time. 

Santa Rosa Treatment Program, Inc.

Medication Assisted Treatment for Opiate Use Disorder. we’ve created a warm and nurturing environment in which patients are encouraged to find clarity and peace with who they are. Our Outpatient program uses a combination of Medication Assisted Treatment and one-on-one counseling to help individuals take back control of their life and overcome addiction.