SANTA ROSA -- California Parenting Institute announced it has merged with New Directions School in Santa Rosa.

“The merger with New Directions was conceptualized and developed by both organizations in response to the need for complementary services to the school program benefiting both the students and their families," Robin Bowen, executive director of the California Parenting Institute, said in a statement. "It is another example of how CPI has demonstrated the ability to 'think out-of-the-box' as our community's needs have dramatically increased and our resources have become scarcer.”

The California Parenting Institute, founded in 1978, is a parent education and children's mental health agency serving families in Sonoma County.  CPI has a staff of over 70 employees in multiple programs,  including parent education and support services, perinatal mood disorder, children's counseling, supervised visits, school-based programs and advocacy.

New Directions has a 28-year history of providing mental health care and academic services to Sonoma County teens. New Directions Adolescent Services has two classrooms serving adolescents between the ages of 13 to 19.

"The merger of the New Directions School with the California Parenting Institute is a significant step forward in our combined ability to best meet the needs of children and families in Sonoma County," said Kevin Powers, program director of New Directions School. "We look forward to the benefits this collaborative effort will provide to our community."

In fiscal year 2012 , CPI’s  programs served more than 3,000 families. CPI anticipates that it will be serving over 3,000 children and families in fiscal year 2013 with expanded services to students and their families at New Directions School.