Human Services

Human Services

The Human Services Branch provides services and essential resources to protect the most vulnerable Tulare County residents through the implementation of programs that use best practice interventions and education. The Human Services Branch serves the residents of Tulare County by providing protective and supportive services to at-risk and underserved families and individuals of all ages.

The Human Services Branch comprises the following three divisions:

-  Aging Services
Develops and supports home- and community-based services that allow individuals to stay in their own homes or least restrictive, home-like environments. Additionally, this division provides assistance to veterans and their families looking to access veterans benefits.

- Child Welfare Services (CWS)
Assists families in providing preventive services when health and safety issues occur. CWS is dedicated to helping families achieve safety and stability, making sure children are protected from abusive and potentially harmful situations, and ensuring families in our system receive the services they need.

-  TulareWORKs
Provides essential resources and services to children and families experiencing financial hardship, life crises, or barriers to employment. Additionally, TulareWORKs partners with community organizations to minimize employment barriers, provide job skills training, and facilitate additional support services.

Adult Protective Services
Adult Protective Services

The Adult Protective Services program has the very serious responsibility of helping dependent or elderly (age 65 or over) adults remain safely in their homes by responding to requests for help or reports of negligence or abuse.

CalFresh (Nutrition Assistance)
CalFresh (Nutrition Assistance)

CalFresh benefits help low-income households supplement their food budgets to buy nutritious foods.

CalWORKs (Cash Aid)
CalWORKs (Cash Aid)

The CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) program provides temporary cash assistance to families with children to help pay for necessities like clothing, housing, and food.

Child Welfare Services Family Advocate
Child Welfare Services Family Advocate

The Child Welfare Services (CWS) Family Advocate provides assistance to families involved in the CWS system. This may include birth parents, children, relatives, and resource families.

Employment Services
Employment Services

The Employment Services Program helps CalWORKs individuals prepare for and obtain employment. The program provides supportive services to help eligible program participants meet their Welfare to Work (WTW) requirements.

Foster Youth Resources
Foster Youth Resources

As a child or youth in foster care, you may experience many challenges; here are some resources to help you tackle them.

General Assistance
General Assistance

The General Assistance (GA) program provides temporary cash aid to adults who cannot support themselves, do not receive other public funds, and are ineligible for any other assistance programs.

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)
Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)

The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) counselors are trained in Medicare and the coordination of supplemental benefits; Medi-Cal, MediGap, prescription drug plans, consumer rights, billing and claim issues, VA, employer retiree, and long-term care insurance.

HICAP workers can explain the many different insurance options to find the best fit for you or someone you care for. HICAP services are free of charge and available at several locations throughout Tulare and Kings Counties, including Dinuba, Hanford, Porterville, Tulare, and Visalia.

Indigent Cremation Program
Indigent Cremation Program

When a Tulare County resident without burial funds passes away, the County may be able to help. To receive these services, the person's entire household must earn less than the federal poverty level.

In-Home Parent Education
In-Home Parent Education

In the convenience and privacy of your own home, or at your local Family Resource Center, you can learn more about how to cope when problems arise and how to deal with a child’s disruptive behaviors before they become problems.

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program pays for services that enable aged, blind, and disabled individuals to continue living safely in their own homes, and avoid or delay the need for nursing home care.

Legal Services for Seniors
Legal Services for Seniors

The Senior Legal Services program provides free legal information and advice to help Tulare County seniors deal with the most common legal issues confronting adults age 60 and over and caregivers age 55 and over.

Medi-Cal
Medi-Cal

Medi-Cal is California's name for the Federal program Medicaid.
Medi-Cal provides no- or low-cost healthcare for individuals, families with children, the elderly, persons with disabilities, foster care, pregnant women, and persons with specific diseases such as tuberculosis, breast cancer, or HIV/AIDS.

Multi-Purpose Senior Services
Multi-Purpose Senior Services

Tulare County Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) nurses and social workers work with you to coordinate care and obtain services and items to improve your health and safety and enable you continue to live in your home as you grow older.

Nutritious Meals for Seniors
Nutritious Meals for Seniors

The Senior Nutrition Program provides tasty and nutritious lunches for seniors (age 60 and over) at several locations throughout Tulare and Kings counties. We also deliver meals to the homebound who cannot cook for themselves.

Pregnant & Parenting Teens (Cal-Learn)
Pregnant & Parenting Teens (Cal-Learn)

Cal-Learn is a statewide program aimed to assist pregnant and parenting teens who receive CalWORKs complete their high school diplomas or equivalent.

Public Guardian
Public Guardian

The Public Guardian takes charge of the personal care and finances of a person who has been found by the court to be incapable of taking care of him- or herself.

Reporting Child Abuse
Reporting Child Abuse

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-331-1585; operators accept calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

Resource Families & Adoption
Resource Families & Adoption

Whether you are interested in becoming a resource family or adoption services, our friendly staff will answer all your questions and help you gather the necessary information to take this important step in your life—and in the life of a child.

Senior Information & Assistance
Senior Information & Assistance

The Information & Assistance program is your gateway to finding senior services in Tulare County. We provide quick information and referrals to local services as well as guidance on state and federal services.

SSI Advocacy
SSI Advocacy

If you find it difficult and confusing to apply for or submit appeals to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), call the SSI Advocacy Program - staff can help you.

TulareWORKs Family Advocate
TulareWORKs Family Advocate

The TulareWORKs Family Advocate responds to inquiries, complaints, and concerns regarding various TulareWORKs services, including CalWORKs (cash aid), Medi-Cal, CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps), and General Assistance (GA).

Veterans Services Office (VSO)
Veterans Services Office (VSO)

The Veterans Services office is dedicated to serving Tulare County veterans and their families. Many veterans are unaware of the services and benefits they could be receiving, and others need help to understand the paperwork required to file claims.