Our COMMUNITY Partners

Collaborators and Networking Associates

We can’t do our work alone!  Since 1947, we’ve made forming a strong community network a priority. Together with the organizations we’ve listed below, we aim to provide all community residents with the most comprehensive support available.

  • Santa Barbara County’s Department of Behavioral Wellness provides case management and psychiatric care for residents with Medi-Cal or emergency needs, while the Mental Wellness Center complements these services with programs to promote community participation and wellness.
  • The Santa Barbara Unified School District and Goleta Union School District host our in-class presentations of Mental Health Matters.
  • Local universities and colleges work with us to present Mental Health First Aid to students, residential, and student-services staff.
  • Antioch University Santa Barbara and other institutions of higher learning have training agreements with the Mental Wellness Center to provide intern and trainee-ships to students in human service fields in return for clinical supervision and defined job duties.
  • Medical facilities, such as Cottage Hospital and Sansum Clinic, refer patients to our services and also share courses like Healthier Living that recognize the strong mind and body connection.
  • The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s support group for families with children who have cancer are hosted at our center.
  • The Pacific Pride Foundation has shared groups and presentations for teens and young adults.
  • City and County Housing Authorities provide housing subsidies for tenants in our apartment complexes, so that rents are affordable.
  • Crescend Health, Pathpoint, Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara, and New Beginnings Counseling Centerexpand available services for mental health in our area.
  • California’s Department of Rehabilitation has approved Employment Services as a vendor for adults with mental health diagnoses, who are looking for competitive employment.
  • HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) provides free and objective information about Medicare through trained volunteers available twice per week at the Mental Wellness Center.
  • Local nonprofit organizations, such as the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, Direct Relief International, and the four homeless shelters in our community help to serve needs for food and housing.

The Southern Santa Barbara County (SSBC) National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter works out of our offices to support and educate the public around mental illness issues. Along with our Family Advocates, the NAMI group greatly extends our ability to serve families and other caregivers of adults living with mental illness.

Donors and Corporate and Foundation Support

When we think of community partners at the Mental Wellness Center, we are filled with gratitude for the past and present support of our individual donors, corporations, and foundations that continue to support our mission to build a community of wellness. If it weren’t for the generosity and foresight of people who care about improving the living space of our community, our lives, and our mental health, we would not be able to do our work as well or as completely as we do.

Every-Day Connections

We thrive on our community connections! There are many opportunities to get involved. 

  • Are you a local business owner? Click on Employment Services to learn how our staff can work with your human resources and identify government incentives that will help your business.
  • Do you have gently used clothing items that you can no longer use? Consider donating them to the Care Closet. The Care Closet is an in-house store for Fellowship Club members to get gently used clothing or hygiene items. It is also a training site for retail and stocking supported employment positions. When you give to the Care Closet, your donations will be doing double duty! Click on Care Closet for more information about this valuable service.
  • Are you willing to speak up about mental health? Add to the conversation. The more we can be frank and discuss the facts, the more we can break through the stigma that surrounds mental illness. To learn more about mental health, click on our Resources section.
  • Join us! Take part in our annual Sunset Beach Walk for Mental Wellness – and have fun, too! Or visit our Mental Health Arts Festival and marvel at the creative spirit exhibited by the artists in our midst who live with serious mental illness. See all of our events!