YOUTH & FAMILY MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS
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Parenting Helpline • 805-456-1234 • M-F: 1-4pm W: 5-8pm. Confidential, free-of-charge helpline parents can call for support and expert advice including referrals to treatment services. CADA offers Prevention, Education, & Treatment of Substance Use Disorders for youth and families. Resources and support are available for children, adolescents, parents, and families through counseling, therapy, and education.
Cal-FURS is for current and former FOSTER YOUTH and their CAREGIVERS. Designed to provide immediate (24/7), trauma-informed support when they need it. Prevent placement moves. Preserve the relationship between the child or youth and their caregiver. Provide a trauma-informed alternative for families who previously resorted to calling 911 or law enforcement. Reduce hospitalizations, law enforcement contacts, and placement in out-of-home facilities. Promote healing as a family. Improve retention of current foster caregivers. Promote stability for youth in foster care, including youth in extended foster care.
CALM utilizes a variety of trauma-informed, evidence-based programs and services that effectively treat child abuse and promote healing, as well as programs successful in preventing childhood trauma through family strengthening and support. Services are provided to all in both Spanish and English, at a sliding scale or free of charge if needed; no one is turned away due to inability to pay.
Camino a Casa treats adolescents (ages 9-17) challenged with emotional dysregulation including: anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, self-harm behaviors, trauma, PTSD, substance use, co-occurring disorders, and psychiatric hospitalization. Additionally, Camino a Casa offers psychological and academic assessments for youth (ages 3-21 years).
Education and prevention topics related to health and wellbeing including: Sexual and reproductive health curriculum; fitness and nutrition workshops and coaching; and, parent/adult education related to communication, healthy/unhealthy relationships, LGBTQ inclusion and safe environments, and healthy living.
Healthy families. Successful children. Strong community. It takes a village to raise a child, and the Carpinteria Children’s Project aims to coordinate the efforts in the village so that all families and children are healthy and successful. We are the coordinating hub of the Thrive Carpinteria Partner Network, a formal partnership of early childhood education and social services providers who serve families as a team. Even with the network, there are some gaps in services in Carpinteria, and so the Carpinteria Children’s Project provides direct services in early childhood education and family support. When other gaps in available services arise, we reach out to other resources in the county to fill them.
The Carpinteria Unified School District, in partnership with the community and parents, believes that all students can learn and are capable of being successful in our diverse society. We are committed to providing a quality educational program in a caring, positive environment which promotes self-esteem and mutual respect. CUSD provides comprehensive child and adolescent mental health services that are child and family centered, culturally sensitive, and strengths based. Services are offered at schools and in the community to ensure greatest access.
Casa Pacifica provides an array of Mental health services for youth within Santa Barbara County and Ventura County. Casa Pacifica offers adolescent and family services designed to treat victims of abuse and neglect, substance abuse, homelessness, and other behavioral and mental health issues. Our Camarillo, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria offices work with more than 2,100 of the most vulnerable children and their families annually.
Substance use and mental health treatment to help women and their families recover from addiction by providing evidence-based treatment services while building community, instilling self-determination, and empowering them with educational opportunities and financial literacy.
Catholic Charities provides hunger and homeless prevention services for low-income families and individuals throughout Santa Barbara County, including 3 food pantries and several food distribution sites. Other services offered include case management, financial assistance, material services and individual and family counseling services. The Thrifty Shopper thrift stores in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria provide clients with free clothing and household goods.
CenCal Health is the Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Plan for Santa Barbara County's low income residents. Medi-Cal ensures that children and adults with limited income and resources can receive medical, mental, and behavioral health services at little or no cost. CenCal HEALTH members have access to services addressing mild to moderate mental health challenges and substance use.
The Central Coast Treatment Center for Eating, Exercise, and Body Image Disorders offers a collaborative, holistic approach for adolescents (13 years and older) and adults. We support individuals to reconnect with themselves in a new and more authentic way.
CFRS is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) under the umbrella of the Santa Barbara County Education Office. We have three programs within our department:
Welcome Every Baby/Family Connects (WEB/FC) is an evidenced-based community-wide nurse home visitation program for parents of newborns and is inclusive of all income and socioeconomic levels. The visits assess maternal/newborn health and psychosocial status, provide parent education, and lactation support and a warm handoff to community services.
Health Linkages provides dental screening, oral health education and fluoride varnishes to low-income children in targeted subsidized preschool, childcare and elementary school programs in Santa Barbara County. The orthodontia program also provides braces for middle school youth in specific communities and schools.
Health screenings and social support services are offered to early childhood education and care programs. Access to health care is made available to community members of all ages through Medi-Cal enrollment and health navigation assistance.
Santa Barbara County Promotores Network operates under the CFRS department by providing staffing and infrastructure support to connect promotores with agencies and programs designed to support and advocate for healthy communities through outreach, education, policy change and linking resources. They are Spanish speaking members of the Latinx community who understand and respect the traditional beliefs of their community and help agencies integrate these cultural beliefs in their programs and services.
Community Counseling and Education Center (CCEC) offers sliding-scale, bilingual mental health counseling to adults, children, teens, couples, and families. Please visit our website to schedule a phone intake appointment.
Community Health Centers (CHC) Behavioral Health Department continues to champion the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health needs of our patients and community.
Services of the integrated care model include:
- Individual Counseling
- Group & Family Counseling
- Medication Management
- Support Groups
Cottage Health is a not-for-profit hospital system that includes Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Cottage Children's Medical Center, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, Urgent Care Centers and Cottage Virtual Care - Virtual Visits.