Human Resources

Employee Assistance Program, home ownership help, discounts and childcare

LifeMatters Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Human Resources is pleased to announce a new employee assistance and work/life program called LifeMatters. We have contracted with Empathia Pacific, Inc. to provide this free, confidential service to you and anyone living in your household.

Effective January 1, 2017, you or a member of your household may call 1-800-367-7474,  (code COSB24 hours a day, every day of the year to receive LifeMatters services. A LifeMatters representative is available at all times to provide assistance for a wide range of issues, including:

  • Depression
  • Family or job concerns
  • Legal matters & financial questions
  • Alcohol or drug abuse questions or problems
  • Emotional or stress related issues
  • General health & wellness
  • Adult & elder care needs
  • Parenting and child care concerns
  • International & domestic adoption
  • Summer programs & camps
  • After-school programs
  • Children with special learning needs
  • Finding a college/financial aid
  • Caregiver stress & burnout
  • Pet care
  • Other personal concerns

The program's counseling services are available at no cost to you and your household members. Professional counselors are available both on the telephone and on an in-person basis in your local area. You can receive up to three (3) counseling sessions, per issue. If additional counseling or services are recommended, the counselor will assist you with accessing providers covered by your insurance plan.

Visit and sign in using our company code (COSB) to obtain educational information, useful links, help locating child and elder care providers and self-assessment tests.

Privacy is strictly protected within legal limits. Information about your contact with LifeMatters will not be released without your prior consent except in cases of imminent threat of harm, or when abuse of a child or vulnerable adult may be occurring. 

You may not need assistance now, but if you or a household member needs help in the future, LifeMatters is always there. If you have any questions about this service, contact Human Resources or call LifeMatters at 1-800-367-7474.


This month's (May) promotional content includes:

LifeMatters (newsletter):
- Achieving Happiness
- Room to Grow
- Organizing Your Estate
- Financial Tips During a Divorce

The Advisor (newsletter for managers and HR):
- Suicide Awareness
- Suicide Facts
- Addressing Suicide Concerns

- Legal Help
- Summer Fun

The LifeMatters materials can be found by clicking on the following link:

Remember to check out our upcoming employee and management webinars at by signing in with your company password.
Thank you for your continued support of the LifeMatters program.


Other Benefits:

Coastal Housing Partnership
  Through the County of Santa Barbara’s membership with the Coastal Housing Partnership, a non-profit organization, County of Santa Barbara employees are eligible to receive generous savings and benefits when purchasing a home, refinancing a mortgage or renting an apartment. For more information please click on this link to view the program flyer - Coastal Housing Partnership
Employee Discount Program (click on the summary link below)
  Summary (Cellphone Discounts, Pharmacy Discount Card)
Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Commuting Benefit
  TDM Program Description
  TDM Enrollment Form
  Call the payroll clerk in your department or your supervisor for details.
Bright Horizons Early Childcare Center
  For Childcare options at the Betteravia Government center in Santa Maria please click on this link - Bright Horizons Betteravia