Wellness Programs/Resources

Employee Assistance Program

Empathia offers you a comprehensive, voluntary and confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) called LifeMatters that is available to all County employees and members in their household. We are dedicated to your overall wellbeing. The program is free of cost.

  • Legal or financial problems
  • Caring for an elderly parent
  • Mental health / substance abuse concerns
  • Stress management
  • Marital issues
  • Parenting and childcare concerns

The program's counseling services are available at no cost to you and your household members. Professional counselors are available both on the telephone and on an in-person basis in your local area. You can receive up to three (3) counseling sessions, per issue. If additional counseling or services are recommended, the counselor will assist you with accessing providers covered by your insurance plan.

County Onsite Health Clinics

The County of Santa Barbara has two employee health clinics for benefit eligible employees, their spouses, registered domestic partners and dependent children age 16 and over. Dependents must be enrolled in the County's health plan in order to participate. After your first visit, you will be required to schedule a follow-up visit to take a Health Risk Assessment to ensure you are eligible to receive FREE continued services through the clinic.

The clinic provides services for ongoing and episodic illnesses such as:

  • Minor illnesses
  • Diabetic control
  • Referral to specialist
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol management
  • Allergies
  • Lab tests

All services at the clinics are at no cost to employees and their dependents.


Your Benefits Counselor

CareCounsel is your first point of contact when you need a personal healthcare advocate. We can assistance with benefits, claims, bills, appeals, second opinions, grievances and more. All inquiries are completely confidential. Your benefits CareCounselor will assist you until your issue or problem is resolved. You talk to the same person every time who advocates for you.

Solera (Blue Shield only)

Lifestyle Change Program

Blue Shield is offering a free comprehensive 16-week program which will help qualified members lose weight, adopt healthy habits and significantly reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The program meets weekly for 16 weeks and then monthly for the balance of the year. You may choose from an array of national programs like Jenny Craig, Retrofit or HealthSlate. Includes:

Teladoc (Blue Shield only)

Online Virtual Doctor Visits

(Blue Shield only)

Outpatient Surgeries Available and Two More Locations

Rx nGo (Blue Shield only)