Governor Schwarzenegger Honors
SAN FRANCISCO—In honor of National Family Caregivers Month in November, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has issued a statement recognizing California’s family caregivers who “demonstrate extraordinary love, dedication and courage in helping their love ones maintain independence and self-sufficiency, while delaying or preventing placement in institutional settings.
“California remains at the forefront of family caregiving, with 11 Caregiver Resource Centers now offering services in every region of our state,” the Governor’s message states.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the landmark law that established the innovative Caregiver Resource Center (CRC) system throughout California—the first community based organization in the country to address the needs of caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, Parkinson’s and other disabling conditions. Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director of Family Caregiver Alliance (the Bay Area CRC), said she appreciates Governor Schwarzenegger’s recognition of caregiving families and of the Caregiver Resource Centers’ accomplishments. “Especially during this holiday season,” she said, “we thank those devoted families who bear much of the burden of long-term care.”
Often described as a “lifeline” by caregivers, the CRCs assist families in coping with the intense stresses—emotional, physical and financial—of long-term caregiving. California’s system has been honored as a leader in the development of other state caregiver services, and served as a model for the National Family Caregiver Support Program, passed as part of the Older Americans Act in 2000. The CRC system is under the direction of the California Department of Mental Health, led by Dr. Steve Mayberg.
The Governor’s message concludes by saying, “This November I am pleased to join my fellow Californians in commending family caregivers for their outstanding work and exceptional dedication.” To read the full text of the letter, go to http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=1270.
California’s Caregiver Resource Centers
Family Caregiver Alliance (serving Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties), 180 Montgomery St., Ste. 1100, San Francisco, CA 94104; (415) 434-3388; (800) 445-8106. www.caregiver.org
Coast Caregiver Resource Center (serving San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties), 5350 Hollister Ave., Ste. C, Santa Barbara, CA 93111; (805) 967-0220; (800) 443-1236 (regional). www.coastcrc.org
Del Mar Caregiver Resource Center (serving Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties), 736 Chestnut Ave., Ste. F, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; (831) 459-6639; (800) 624-8304 (regional). www.hpcn.org
Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center (serving Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties); 5723A Marconi Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608; (916) 971-0893; (800) 635-0220 (regional). www.deloro.org
Inland Caregiver Resource Center (serving Inyo, Mono, Riverside and San Bernardino counties), 1420 E. Cooley Dr., Ste. 100, Colton, CA, 92324; (909) 514-1404; (800) 675-6694 (CA). www.inlandcaregivers.org
Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center (serving Los Angeles county), 3715 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089; (800) 540-4442 (regional). www.usc.edu/lacrc
Mountain Caregiver Resource Center (serving Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties), 2491 Carmichael Dr., Ste. 400, Chico, CA 95928; (530) 898-5925; (800) 995-0878 (regional). www.caregiverresources.org
Orange Caregiver Resource Center (serving Orange county), 251 E. Imperial Highway, Ste. 460, Fullerton, CA 92835; (714) 578-8670; (800) 543-8312 (regional). www.caregiveroc.org
Redwood Caregiver Resource Center (serving Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties), 141 Stony Circle, Ste. 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95401; (707) 542-0282; (800) 834-1636 (regional). www.redwoodcrc.org
Southern Caregiver Resource Center (serving Imperial and San Diego counties), 3675 Ruffin Road, Ste. 230, San Diego, CA 92123; (858) 268-4432; (800) 827-1008 (regional). www.scrc.signonsandiego.com
Valley Caregiver Resource Center (serving Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne counties), 3845 N. Clark, Ste. 201, Fresno, CA 93726; (559) 224-9154; (800) 541-8614 (regional). www.valleycrc.org
Visit www.CaliforniaCRC.org for more information.
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