Department of Social Services

"Helping our community be safe, supported and self-sufficient."

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The mission of the Department of Social Services is to provide protective services, employment services, and financial assistance that support the residents of Santa Barbara County in being productive and self-sufficient members of the community.

We do this by identifying their needs and administering federal, state and county programs to meet those needs, while establishing partnerships with individuals and community groups to ensure collaborative solutions.

The Department aligns its activities around the goals set forth by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors for county government: Accountability, Customer Service and Efficiency.

We invite you to use this site to explore our programs and learn how we improve lives here in Santa Barbara County.


Report Child Abuse
(800) 367-0166

Report Elder or Dependent
Adult Abuse
(805) 681-4550

For Immediate Danger, Call 911

For Non-Assistance CalFresh households, when it is due you can now submit your Semi-Annual Report (SAR-7) and Recertification paperwork (RRR) on-line. 

Medi-Cal recipients can now submit the Midyear Status Report online!

PLEASE NOTE: If you initiate an application without setting up an account, if there is an interruption that causes your PC to shut down, all data entered will be lost and you will need to start over.


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