Department of Social Services

ILP Services


The Independent Living Program, (ILP) provides services to Santa Barbara County Foster and Probation youth ages 14-21 years of age. The Independent Living Program prepares youth for life after emancipation by empowering youth through life skills development, supportive services, community linkage and social connections to successfully transition into Independent Living.


ILP Case Managers provide one to one support with each youth targeting individual needs. ILP Case Managers support youth with accomplishing goals within several life domains: Educational Planning; Employment/Job Skills and Career Planning; Financial Planning; Health and Wellness; Personal and Community Resources; Permanent supportive relationships; and Independent Living.


The Santa Barbara County Independent Living Program conducts regionally scheduled Independent Life Skills Development Workshops targeting specific competencies each month. Youth are provided with incentives and Certificates of Completion for every Life Skills Development Workshop attended and completed. The Independent Life Skills Development Workshops disseminate information, enhance skills and include youth in activity development. Independent Life Skills Development Workshops are entertaining, interactive, exciting and FUN!


ILP Social Events are designed to build positive relationships, promote unity, involvement, social interaction, social skills, leadership, health, fitness and good company! Social Events are scheduled every Quarter in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.


Transitional Housing Events are scheduled quarterly at the Santa Barbara Transitional Living Center. Transitional Housing events target applicable life skills development, independent living, permanency planning and aftercare services for youth 18-24 years of age.


Independent Living Program Contact Information:

Shannon Bell, ILP Supervisor

(805) 602-8747

66 S. San Antonio Rd.

Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Alex Spiess Santa Maria, ILP Case Mgr

(805) 602-7593

3420 Orcutt Rd., Suite 207

Santa Maria, CA 93455

Christine Farro, DSS ILP Coordinator

(805) 346-8357

2125 S. Centerpointe Parkway

Santa Maria, CA 93455

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