Department of Social Services

Resources & Links

General Information

  • 2-1-1 Information Line - In need of services and don't know where to turn? Just pick up the phone and call 211 (or visit to find resources for food, shelter, health care, child care, domestic abuse support, counseling, and many other services for families, seniors, veterans and more. The 211 service is free, confidential, and available 24/7 in over 150 languages.  


Health Coverage

  • CenCal Health - Administers the Medi-Cal program for residents of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties
  • Covered California - California's health benefit exchange and marketplace for Californians to obtain health insurance beginning January 2014

Financial Assistance

Food Assistance

Job Services

  • Workforce Development Board - A 29-member board, consisting of executives from local business organizations as well as public and private sector community leaders, to oversee strategic initiatives, policies and performance outcomes


Child Protection

  • Child Abuse Prevention Council - The Santa Barbara Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) is a community council with the primary purpose of coordinating Santa Barbara County's efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect
  • First 5 Santa Barbara County - Works in partnership with individuals and organizations throughout the county to support the health, early learning and well-being of children prenatal through age five (and their families)
  • KIDS Network (Santa Barbara County) - The KIDS Network was created in 1991 as  a planning and advisory group reporting to the Board of Supervisors as well as a county-wide  interagency collaborative dedicated to implementing comprehensive integrated  services for children, youth and families
  • Our County. Our Kids. - The resource parent and kinship caregiver information, resource and support program of the Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services, Child Welfare Services Division. 
  • TrustLine - California's registry of in-home child care providers who have been cleared through a fingerprint check of records through the California Department of Justice

  • Foster Care Rates - Santa Barbara County foster care rates effective July 1, 2018.


Adult Protection

  • Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens - Provides information for senior citizens and caregivers regarding local resources and tools to assist in their efforts to remain safe and secure in their homes and includes the Santa Barbara County Senior Resource Directory, Hiring In Home Help Guide, Emergency Assistance Guide and more

2-1-1 Information Line

Need health or human services resources in your area? Dial 211 (or TTY 805-919-1148) to speak to a live operator, or visit

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