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Santa Barbara County

Connecting in Santa Barbara County

As the original site of PathPoint, Santa Barbara County offers the broadest array of service options. The communities within the county are diverse and PathPoint’s services reflect the unique opportunities and challenges that are inherent in urban and rural areas. PathPoint’s South Santa Barbara County division has been providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities in the communities of Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and Goleta since 1964. In 1980, PathPoint was asked by Santa Barbara County to replicate those independent living and day rehabilitation models and provide those services to the clients of the (then) Mental Health Department. Since that time, residential treatment, supported housing, dual diagnosis and homeless services have been added to the PathPoint scope of services in response to the unmet needs of low-income residents of South Santa Barbara County with mental illness. North Santa Barbara County is a fast-growing area marked by vineyards, agriculture and aerospace. The two major cities of Lompoc and Santa Maria have seen dramatic growth in the last few years as people flock to the affordable housing and temperate climate. Although PathPoint has provided in-home supports and employment services in both cities for years, a separate division (the North Santa Barbara County division) was created in 2005 to reflect our commitment to the entire geographic area.


  • Integrated Work (IWK), a blend of employment and community access programs, provides individuals an opportunity to explore their vocational interests.
  • Group Supported Employment (GSE) enables a work crew of 3 to 8 individuals employed by PathPoint to perform full-time or part-time work on a contractual basis with an employer.
  • Individual Supported Employment (ISE) prepares and supports individuals to enter the workforce through job development and direct employment with a local business.
  • Job Placement Services (JPS) works with individuals who need just a little help to access the local job market.
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) prepares low-income seniors (55 and over) to re-enter today’s workforce through paid training and work experience.


  • Community Independent Living Program (CILP) offers intensive instruction in independent living skills while individuals live successfully in their own residences.
  • Supportive Services Program (SSP) provides 12 to 20 hours of one-to-one instruction and independent living support per month in the individual’s home.
  • Supported Living Services (SLS) delivers in-home customized support and instruction designed to meet the needs of individuals who may require more than 30 hours (up to 24/7) of support per month to stay healthy and safe.


South Santa Barbara County

  • Community Access Project (CAP) provides a wide range of activities for individuals with moderate to severe physical and developmental disabilities.
  • Day Training Activities Center (DTAC) is designed to help individuals develop social and pre-vocational skills to prepare them for paid or volunteer work experiences.
  • Optimum Outcomes (02) provides learning opportunities to help individuals develop social, vocational and independent living skills needed to reach life goals.

North Santa Barbara County

  • Life Learning Center (LLC) provides personal support and instruction, through a structured day program with a 1:3 staff-to-participant ratio, for individuals with behavior challenges who would like to maximize their independence.
  • Life Center Independence (LCI) provides the opportunity for individuals with severe behavioral challenges to participate in activities and to learn life, social, and pre-vocational skills.


  • El Carrillo, Artisan Court, and Bradley Studios Support Services provide on-site supportive services for youth aging out of foster care, the formerly homeless, and low-income downtown workers, in partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara.
  • Paths to Recovery (PTR) provides supported housing services to individuals living in the Santa Barbara area. The PTR mobile team consists of a psychiatrist, nursing staff, and qualified mental health rehabilitation specialists with expertise in substance abuse, mental illness, and vocational services.
  • Private Pay services, which support recovery and wellness, are available as a “pay as you go” option.
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