Community and Social Services

The focus of the Community and Social Services Department is to provide mechanisms that contribute to the quality of life for the most vulnerable members of the Santa Ynez Tribal Community. The department delivers social, educational, transportation, prevention, and general support services to those who have limited access to necessary resources, including the elderly, the homebound, and disenfranchised youth.

Community and Social Services


Elder Program (Title VI)The qualifications for participation in the Elder program are being either an enrolled member at least 50 years of age or a tribal community member at least 60 years of age who is a Santa Barbara County resident.

Elder Services include:

  • Meals on Wheels (qualifying service area)
  • Congregate meals
  • Elder walk exercise program
  • Elder activities-painting, etc.
  • Elder afternoon Tea
  • Elder Trips
  • Information and referral services
  • Health promotion and disease prevention education
  • Other supportive Services
  • CHR/CMA home visit services:
    • Vitals, diabetes glucose check, head-to toe assessments, home safety/fall prevention assessment, durable medical equipment care and use.
    • Pharmacy pick-up and drop-off.
    • Patient advocacy-communicating between patient to primary care provider.
      Personal care assistance.
    • Chore service-light house cleaning, etc.

Injury Prevention Services: The Department implements a number of programs that focus upon the safety of community members, including:

  • Annual Smoke Detector Installations/Inspection (local residents)
  • Annual Fire Extinguisher Inspections
  • Bike/Helmet Safety program
  • Car-seat Inspections
  • Certified Car-Seat technician on site

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA):  ICWA gives the tribal government exclusive jurisdiction over children who reside on, or are domiciled on a reservation. It gives concurrent, but presumptive jurisdiction over foster care placement proceedings for Native American children who do not live on the reservation. The services provided by SYTHC include:

  • Tribal Representation
  • Case Management
  • Tribal Advocacy

Transportation Program:  The Department of Community and Social Services provides roundtrip transportation in support of qualified Chumash community members for Dental, Medical, and Behavioral Health appointments as well as for necessary errands.

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