Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow






Mike Mamot
772-6066 ext 105


Back in the early 1980s, OPTIONS founder Mike Mamot was working as a Special Education Teacher for the Paso Robles, California School District. His work with special needs students in district schools brought him into contact with young people who were struggling in school because of severe behavior problems and inadequate social skills. As he came to know these young people better, he found that many of them lived in homes where there was little love, support, or guidance. Most lived with families that were ill-prepared to deal with the unique problems presented by their special needs children and were desperately seeking outside assistance. Mike dreamed of opening a small group home where these kids could grow and flourish in a caring, supportive environment.

Mike first realized his dream in 1984, when he purchased a comfortable ranch house with some acreage nestled in the oak-covered, green hills west of Atascadero. He named the house and its surrounding property “Oak Tree Ranch”. Mike then hired a small but dedicated staff and Oak Tree Ranch was licensed as a Community Care Facility by the State of California. Six area young people moved into Oak Tree Ranch and the organization that is now known as OPTIONS was born.

Although the organization that Mike started in 1984 has gone through many changes – in name, location, and primary focus – its core philosophy has never wavered: with respect and support, people with disabilities can achieve their goals of living and working independently as full citizens of their communities.

Nearly all of those first six residents of Oak Tree Ranch went on to graduate from high school and realize their goals of independence. Through the years, OPTIONS has helped several hundred individuals with varying challenges realize their dreams and achieve full inclusion in their communities. We are now expanding our services and establishing new service priorities to meet the needs of a changing population.

OPTIONS is established under the name of Oak Tree Ranch as a Community Care-licensed group home for special needs adolescents in Atascadero, California.
Oak Tree Ranch becomes a California non-profit corporation.
Oak Tree Ranch receives a grant from the Department of Developmental Services to establish an adult residential program in Morro Bay, California. This new Community Care-licensed group home specializes in head trauma rehabilitation.
Oak Tree Ranch changes its corporate name to the Central Coast Neurobehavior Center (CCNBC), reflecting an emphasis on head trauma rehabilitation and an expansion into new areas of the central California coast.
CCNBC is authorized by the California Health Facilities Financing Authority to issue tax-exempt bonds to allow for the corporate purchase and expansion of its group homes in Atascadero and Morro Bay. CCNBC receives a grant from the Developmental Disabilities Area Board IX to establish an outpatient rehabilitation agency for head-injured individuals in San Luis Obispo, California.
Both CCNBC residential programs are accredited for the maximum three years by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission. CCNBC converts its Atascadero and Morro Bay residential programs from Community Care licensing to the more exacting standards of California Department of Health Services Intermediate Care Facility/Developmental Disability-Habilitation (ICF/DD-H) licensing.
CCNBC is approved as a vendor of supported employment services.
CCNBC is awarded an establishment grant through the Department of Rehabilitation to provide vocational assessments to Department of Rehabilitation clients. CCNBC opens administrative offices in Atascadero, California.
CCNBC is awarded a Community Placement Program grant to establish a Supported Living Program for newly discharged State Developmental Unit patients. CCNBC starts a work and social adjustment day program called Community Integration Services (CIS) to provide adaptive living skills instruction and vocational training in a non-center-based setting.
CCNBC relocates its central administrative office from Atascadero to Morro Bay, and maintains the Atascadero location as a satellite office. CCNBC receives grants from Tri-Counties Regional Center and the California Health Facilities Financing Authority to establish a third ICF/DD-H residential program in San Luis Obispo. CCNBC receives a grant from the California Department of Developmental Services to open a Transitional Living facility in Morro Bay, California.
CCNBC looks to its future and begins operating its programs under the name of OPTIONS.
OPTIONS began two new traditions. The first, establishing an Annual Client Appreciation Day in which we acknowledge each client”s successes over the past year. This day is also filled with games and prizes and picnic. We also established an Annual Community Support Specialist Day where we honor our direct care staff for all their steadfast support of our clients on a daily basis. This event features give-aways, games and BBQ.
OPTIONS received another perfect CARF survey. This is no small accomplishment since less than 2% of participating organizations receive such an honor. This is the second perfect survey for OPTIONS. OPTIONS received a $20,000 grant from the Giannini Foundation. OPTIONS opens a new center-based day program in Morro Bay. OPTIONS purchases Weeden”s Parcel Service and now provides site-based supported employment.
OPTIONS received $38,000 from OSHPD. These funds will be used for capital improvements.

OPTIONS was awarded three grants: $20,000 from the Giannini Foundation for improvements at residential sites; $20,000 from Tri-Counties Regional Center to develop a day program in Atascadero for behaviorally challenged persons; and $46,000 from OSHPD for capital improvements.
OPTIONS signed an agreement with the Stewart Learning Center to operate their three ICF/DD-H residential homes.  Also, OPTIONS was awarded $50,000 from Tri-Counties Regional Center to develop the State of Californias first acute adult crisis home for two persons.
OPTIONS received two grants: $104,000 from the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities to develop Weeden’s II, a parcel post business operated by disabled persons.  Also, OPTIONS was awarded an annual grant of $150,000 from the State Department of Mental Health for establishing services for persons who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
OPTIONS acquired the assets of the Santa Maria Independent Living Services (SMILE) to operate their three homes in Santa Maria.  SMILE continues to own the homes where services are provided.  Also, OPTIONS signed a cooperative contract with the Department of Rehabilitation to expand services provided to persons who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
The first Avila Beach Music Festival featuring Jackson Browne, Chris Hillman, Herb Pederson, Jude Johnstone, and Irene Kelley is developed.  The proceeds from this event support the OPTIONS family of services including SMILE.

OPTIONS acquires new work contract at Hearst castle. This new contract has allowed OPTIONS to expand its vocational training within and offering opportunities to new employees. Three separate crews work seven days per week at the visitor”s center, and the San Simeon campground close by.

OPTIONS was awarded an $87,000 Grant from San Luis Obispo’s Central Coast Wine Classic”s “Fund-A-Need” lot, an auction lot designated to raising funds for a non-profit organization in the community. OPTIONS allocated the grant funds raised for the OPTIONS Art program.

The fourth annual Avila Beach Music Festival featuring Crosby, Stills and Nash is put on. The proceeds from this event support OPTIONS Family of Services.


The Seventh annual Music Festival, Renamed the Options Music Festival at Avila Beach featuring Sheryl Crow is put on. The proceeds from this event support OPTIONS family of services.


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