Providing residential support in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.
We Are Essential
Providing residential support in Santa Cruz,
Santa Clara, and San Benito Counties.


We are a local provider with extensive success in providing supports to persons with developmental disabilities and behavioral needs. Serving the community in various capacities since 1993.

Our mission is to provide quality, evidence-based practices to persons in Enhanced Behavioral Support Homes (“EBSH”) in California.

Why Are We Essential?

Local ownership
Small business
Licensed, bonded and insured
Replacement behaviors
Professional consultants and specialists
Ongoing training and support to caregivers

Let us focus on the care so you can focus on relationships

Essential to Our Clients


It is often difficult to locate an intensive support environment with demonstrated success, and close to home. Our programs are located in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and San Benito Counties, and are often a relief to both the individuals we support AND their families. Families experience the benefits of frequent communication with support staff and Administrators, and are included in the person-centered process. Together, we discover what is important TO and FOR the individual, and strive to identify what needs to change to achieve a balance between the TO and the FOR.

Essential to the Community


Our sister agency, Essential CEU Institute, is a State-recognized continuing education provider for Administrators, direct support staff, registered nurses, school psychologists, and BBS certificants (e.g., LPCC, LEP, LMFT and LCSW). This means that EBSI teams also enjoy the benefits of these continuing education hours, and can access them anywhere, anytime.

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