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Mission Statement

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

About the Department

Governed primarily by Federal and State mandates, the Department of Social Services provides services and programs critical to delivering a countywide system of health, security, and safety for vulnerable County residents. For purposes of this document, our activities are separated into four budget programs:


Administration & Support provides the infrastructure needed to effectively and efficiently operate the direct service areas of the Department. This includes policy direction, financial planning and accounting, human resources, employee relations, staff development, quality assurance, technology, facilities management, disaster response, and special projects. 

Public Assistance and Welfare to Work Activities includes our programs for food aid (CalFresh), cash aid (CalWORKs, General Relief), and job services (Welfare to Work, Workforce Resource Centers, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and the Workforce Development Board).

Medi-Cal Eligibility includes our activities to provide affordable health coverage (Medi-Cal, Covered California).

Protective Services for Children, Adults, and the Disabled includes our programs to investigate and respond to allegations of abuse or neglect of children (Child Welfare Services) and seniors or dependent adults (Adult Protective Services), our In-Home Supportive Services program for seniors or disabled adults who need help in order to stay safely in their home, our Supplemental Security Income Advocacy program to assist individuals with the application process and help stabilize living situations, and the Adult and Aging and KIDS Networks that coordinate programs and services that impact the well-being of children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities.


The Department serves the community with full-service offices in Santa Maria, Lompoc, and Santa Barbara; and utilizes technology, out-stationed staff, and community partnerships to provide services to clients countywide.

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