County Connections

Supporting Wellness in Santa Barbara County

The theme of the Santa Barbara Foundation’s new County Connections Report is Supporting Wellness in Santa Barbara County. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the featured articles in this report highlight important issues relating to behavioral health and healthcare in our county. The report also looks at the incredible work being done by several local health-focused organizations that are dedicated to ensuring our communities thrive.

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CALM Addresses Childhood Trauma Countywide

By Sam Waterstone | LEER EN ESPAÑOL

CALM is a local nonprofit that has served children and their families in Santa Barbara County for nearly 50 years. They focus on ensuring that children are safe from abuse and treat children that have already endured traumatic experiences. Read about CALM’s services and their efforts to provide care to the entire county.

Bridge Clinic Offers Transitional Care For Substance Abuse

By Quinisha Jackson-Wright | LEER EN ESPAÑOL

The Bridge Clinic, a collaboration between Cottage Hospital and the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, was created to expand behavioral health services and offer medication assisted treatment for patients with substance abuse disorders in Santa Barbara. Learn about how the collaboration is bridging the gap for those in need.

Demand for Latinx Mental Health Services Reaches “All-Time High”

By Sam Waterstone | LEER EN ESPAÑOL

Latinx individuals make up 38 percent of the county’s population, and there is a major need for more bilingual and bicultural mental health professionals to serve this community. Read about how the county is responding to this challenge.

Family Service Agency Strengthening Family & Services in North County

By Sam Waterstone | LEER EN ESPAÑOL

In July 2017, Family Service Agency merged with the Santa Maria Valley Youth and Family Center to expand their services into Northern Santa Barbara County. Learn about FSA and the importance of providing quality behavioral health and family services in North County.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Promotores

By Quinisha Jackson-Wright | LEER EN ESPAÑOL

The Santa Barbara County Promotores Network bridges the gap between Spanish-speaking residents and service providers who struggle to communicate effectively with this under-represented demographic. Learn about how the Promotores break down barriers and increase quality of care.

Mental Wellness Center Provides Post-Disaster Support

By Quinisha Jackson-Wright | LEER EN ESPAÑOL

In the aftermath of the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow, residents were dealing with many physical, mental and emotional impacts from the events. Learn about how the Mental Wellness Center and their partners provided support for residents in need.