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About Hillside House

Hillside House is a residential facility for people with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy.

Our Mission

To provide a home that supports our residents’ efforts to maximize their physical, cognitive, social and emotional abilities so that they can attain their highest level of independence in an environment where people are treated with dignity and respect.

We were incorporated as a California Non-profit Corporation in 1945. We are licensed by the State of California Department of Public Health as an Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF-DD).

Whom Does Hillside House Serve?


Hillside House offers residential services for people with a variety of developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy. Most of our residents are non-ambulatory, with levels of disability ranging from moderate to severe. Hillside House serves a broad age range as well. We accept residents in all stages of their lives. Currently our population ranges in age from early 20’s to mid-80’s.

What Are Hillside House Programs Like?

Hillside House offers many activities on our campus and in the community. We provide 24-hour nursing care and a range of therapeutic programs in a family-like environment.

These Programs Include:

• physical therapy
• independent living skills training
• occupational therapy
• speech therapy
• sensory motor training
• recreational therapy

Younger residents attend local public schools. Some residents attend classes at the local community college. Adult residents participate in a variety of day programs, community integration programs and supported employment. Our residents take advantage of the many cultural, educational and recreational events, as well as a variety of community activities in Santa Barbara and the surrounding area. For more information on our programs, please visit our Client Services page.

What Makes HH Such a Unique and Wonderful Place to Live and Work?

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Our residents are our family, and we strive to give them the highest level of love, respect and care in everything we do. The community feeling that Hillside evokes, paired with the support and encouragement of our caring staff, makes Hillside House an organization equipped to provide care above and beyond the standard. Our residents have access to 24-hour nursing care. Their programs are individually developed to fulfill their needs, helping them to achieve optimal health and maximum independence, and to lead full, meaningful lives. It is this individualized attention that has made Hillside House unique and in turn an asset to the developmentally disabled community for over sixty-five years.

Our location in Santa Barbara provides additional benefits to our residents. California is advanced in its laws, programs and funding for the developmentally disabled, and Santa Barbara offers a welcoming community for our residents. Santa Barbara’s natural gifts in terms of its weather, beauty and location also provide a wonderful environment for our residents, attracting clients to move here from as far as New Jersey and Maryland. With Los Angeles two hours away, Hillside House has access to a range of additional services and resources.

Where Is Hillside House?

Hillside House sits on more than 23 acres surrounded by trees and grassy fields in Santa Barbara, California. Located in a residential part of town only a mile from the beach, Hillside House offers a peaceful place to call home. There is a public bus stop at our front door with drivers trained to help people with disabilities. 

Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures
(updated December, 2014)
Number of residents: 59
Number of female residents: 29
Number of male residents: 30
Average length of residence: 17 years
Longest length of residence currently: 58 years
Shortest length of residence currently: 1 month
Average resident age:

48 years

Oldest current resident: 88
Youngest current resident: 23
Residents from California: 51
Residents originally from Santa Barbara County: 14
Residents originally from Tri-Counties area: 36
Number of staff: 84
Number of direct care staff: 65
Number of dietary and facilities staff: 14
Number of administrative staff: 9
Average staff length of employment:

8.4 years

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