CAPS of Santa Barbara, Inc.

CAPS of Santa Barbara, Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit, public benefit corporation in 1987–the culmination of ten years of work on the part of a dedicated group of parents and professionals who were determined to have an answer to the question: Who will monitor the care and advocate for the needs of my developmentally disabled child when I am no longer able to do so? Through the dedication and commitment of the founders and with encouragement and support from Alpha Resource Center of Santa Barbara, CAPS offers a vital link in the chain of services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Planning for circumstances when the responsibility for watching over the welfare and interests of a family member with developmental disabilities must be transferred can raise complex and challenging questions. Each family and each person with a developmental disability is unique. Each person has special requirements and each family has different concerns and resources. CAPS of Santa Barbara offers assistance for families in evaluating future options and in developing plans to provide for the future care of a member with disabilities. CAPS also offers an array of specialized services which may be utilized to help ensure that these plans are implemented when circumstances require. CAPS can provide individually tailored services through an annual service plan, serve as trustee (or back-up designee) for special needs trusts, and in some cases act as the conservator. CAPS is currently serving more than twenty five beneficiaries in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo County.


President, Ley Wertz, MSW
Vice- President, Joe Wheatley
Secretary, Susan Jorgensen
Treasurer, Lisa Frey, CPA 

James P. Ballantine, Esq

Mark D. Jamison, Esq
Maureen Janeway
Patricia K. Jasper, Esq

Zev Nathan, MD, PhD
Agris Petersons, LCSW

Director, Rick Seward

Social Worker, Suzanne Wertz, LCSW
Bookkeeper, Mary Jensen

Santa Barbara, Theresa Laurabee
Ventura, Carrie McAuliffe
San Luis Obispo, Jeanette Canaday

Contact Us

CAPS of Santa Barbara, Inc.

PO Box 92039

Santa Barbara, CA 93190

(805) 683-2145 | phone

(805) 967-3647 | fax

Offices located at

Alpha Resource Center

4501 Cathedral Oaks Road

Santa Barbara, CA 93110