Agency Leadership

Agency Leadership
Our Vision

Healthy children and adults, supportive families, thriving communities.

Our Mission

Dedicated to protecting and strengthening the well-being of the community through the development of effective policies, practices, and services delivered in a culturally and linguistically competent manner.

Our Core Values 

1) HHSA sponsors services and policies that are: collaborative, community-driven, evidence-based.

2) HHSA promotes service delivery that is: culturally competent, respectful, a model of excellence.

3) HHSA supports a work environment that demonstrates: diversity, integrity, accountability, teamwork and mutual respect, staff development and recognition.

Timothy Lutz
Timothy Lutz

Agency Director, Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency

Rob Stewart
Rob Stewart

Director of Fiscal Operations, Fiscal Operations Branch

Anita Ortiz
Anita Ortiz

Human Services Director, Human Services Branch

Donna Ortiz
Donna Ortiz

Mental Health Director, Mental Health Branch

Karen Elliott
Karen Elliott

Public Health Director, Public Health Branch


Agency News

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Is Coming to Tulare County

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Is Coming to Tulare County

On July 16, 2022, we in Tulare County will join the rest of the United States in beginning to use the 988 dialing code. 988 will be the new three-digit number for calls (multiple languages), text, or chat (English only) that connects people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

2022 Walk with a Doc Program

2022 Walk with a Doc Program

Held the second Saturday of each month in Visalia, Walk with a Doc is a free community outreach program, which strives to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. This doctor-led group is a fun and safe place to go for a walk, learn about health, and meet new friends.