Celebrating a Quarter Century of CCRC


At a luncheon on April 11, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital’s Coast Caregiver Resource Center (CCRC) program celebrated 25 years of providing services and support to family caregivers of those with adult-onset brain impairments.


As one of 11 regional Caregiver Resource Centers primarily funded by the California Department of Mental Health, CCRC provides caregiver support throughout Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties.


“Family Caregivers are the invisible lynchpin who hold it together for everyone when an adult becomes incapacitated due to Traumatic Brain Injury, Alzheimer’s Disease or any other brain impairing condition,” said CCRC Executive Director Mary Sheridan.


“Our job, which we’ve happily done for the past 25 years, is to provide individual interventions targeting specific problems of caregiving such as decreasing depression, increasing social support, increasing competency of care skills, and aiding caregivers to plan for future health and financial decisions that accompany chronic disabling conditions.”


Robert Harbaugh, MD, who is board certified in neurology and neurophysiology, gave the keynote address: “The Ecology of Caregiving.”


Dr. Harbaugh cited the increasing numbers of adults with dementia and other brain impairments who will impact the health care system as the Baby Boomer generation ages.


Guests of honor included Harris Meisel, MD, who, as director of Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital (now CRH), was responsible for bringing CCRC to the tri-counties; Jeff Bass, community volunteer who was honored for his lifetime of service to those with disabilities; Bruce Crawford, for his special attention to the needs of CCRC in San Luis Obispo County; and Paula Wilson, for her 20 years of service to family caregivers as CCRC’s office manager.


The event included kudos from numerous elected officials: Mayor Helene Schneider gave a certification of recognition; County Supervisor Janet Wolf gave a Resolution from the County Board of Supervisors honoring CCRC for "its dedication to serving unpaid caregivers in Santa Barbara County for the past 25 years"; and Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios from Assemblyman Das Williams's office gave a Resolution commending CCRC on the celebration of its 25th anniversary and on the vital role it has played in improving the quality of life in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene
Schneider (left), who presented CCRC with a certificate of recognition, and
CRH VP Melinda Staveley.


CCRC Executive Director Mary Sheridan and Dr. Harris Meisel.


  Paula Wilson and Jeff Bass.