Department of Social Services


We're here to help.

The Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services provides protective and supportive services aimed at keeping individuals and families in our community safe, supported and self-sufficient.

What can we help you with?

What would you like to do?

Did you know?

  • Do you need affordable health insurance coverage for 2015? See our
    Health Care Reform page to learn what the Affordable Care Act could mean for you.
  • Beware of scams. Criminals are making unsolicited telephone calls to the public, offering "help" filling out applications for assistance. Never provide personal information or your credit card number over the phone to unsolicited callers. See the Federal Trade Commission website for more information or to file a complaint.
  • Can't get to our office? We hold office hours (outstations) at many other locations on a regular schedule. Find out when we'll be in your neighborhood on our Contact Us page.
  • Need help but not sure where to turn? Dial 211 or visit for help finding services: health care, child care, domestic abuse support, counseling and more. Find out more on our DSS News page.

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