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Alternatives to Calling the Police in Isla Vista


Santa Barbara 211 

  • Free confidential 24/7 referral to community services in Santa Barbara County including emergency and transitional shelter. 
  • Contact Information:
  • 211 or (800) 400- 1572
  • Available 24/7 

Santa Barbara Rescue Mission 

  • Provides emergency shelter for 80 men and 39 women every night. The mission offers dinner and showers for those in need. Additionally, they have a 12-month residential substance recovery program with room for 45 men and 24 women.
  • Check-in and showers for women are from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, for men it is from 5 pm – 6:30 pm. Call in advance if possible, but walk-ins are accepted.
  • Contact Information: 
  • Shelter: (805) 966-1316 ext. 111 
  • Men’s Recovery Program: (805) 966-1316 ext. 226 
  • Women’s Recovery Program: (805) 966-1316 ext. 800  
  • 535 E. Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 


Pacific Pride Foundation 

  • Provides services to the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ communities of Santa Barbara County. Provide free and anonymous HIV and Hepatitis C testing, syringe exchange, HIV prevention and education, and youth services. 
  • Contact Information:
  • General Line: (805) 963-3636
  • 608 Anacapa Street, Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 

Mental Health

Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness

  • For all Santa Barbara county residents and those who are also non-insured, Behavioral Wellness offers classes, programs, and counseling to individuals with mental health, and or alcohol and substance abuse conditions. ​They offer services for adults, children, and transition-age youth. 
  • Contact Information:
  • General Line: (805) 681-5220
  • 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: ​888-868-1649
  • 315 Camino del Remedio, Santa Barbar, CA 93110
  • See IVCSD Mental Health Resource Page for More Options

Crisis Support Services (CSS)

  • CSS provides crisis prevention and intervention counseling to individuals who have developmental disabilities. All calls are returned as quickly as possible. If you have not received a response within 5-10 minutes, call again to ensure your message was received by the CSS Team. 
  • Contact Information:
  • 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-800-953-9593

See IVCSD Mental Health Resource Page for More Options

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 

Domestic Violence Solutions

  • Operates 24-hour hotlines. Provides counseling, information, referrals, and access to immediate shelter. The shelter particularly offers emergency housing for victims of domestic violence and their children for up to 60 days, along with food, clothing, counseling, advocacy, and referrals. They also provide free drop-in confidential consultation with therapists. 
  • Contact Information:
  • 24-Hour Line: (805) 964-5245 

Standing Together to End Sexual Assualt 

  • Provides a 24-hour hotline for confidential counseling and information over the phone to help survivors. Advocacy is available for survivors of sexual assault. The program additionally provides free sexual assault prevention training and self-defense workshops. 
  • Contact Information: 
  • 24-Hour Line: (805) 564-3696 
  • General Line: (805) 963-6832 
  • 433 E. Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 


Please note that people answering these calls may be mandatory reporters, and required to make a report to CPS or law enforcement in certain situations. 

California Coalition For Youth 

  • Statewide emergency response team for youth (ages 12-24) and families in crisis offering free or low-cost resources
  • Contact Information: 
  • 24-Hour Line: 1-(800)-843-5200 

Casa Pacifica 

  • Safe alternatives for treating youth (SAFTY) program provides mobile crisis response services from 8am-8pm every day of the year. They provide quick and accessible services including specialized crisis intervention, in-home support, and linkage to county alcohol, drug, and mental health services. They help individuals up until their 21st birthday. 
  • Contact Information: 
  • General Line: 888-334-2777

Noah’s Anchorage 

  • Provides emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth aged 12-17. They also provide outreach services such as showers, food, hygiene products, clothing, laundry services, and personal property storage for the youth. Youth under 21 can drop in during business hours. 
  • Contact Information: 
  • General Line: (805) 963-8775 
  • 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1 (866)-4357-8336
  • Crisis Text: (805) 698-6701 
  • Drop-in hours: 9 am-2 pm (7 days a week) 
  • 301 West Figueroa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 


Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara

  • A non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance to Santa Barbara County residents. They provide services to low-income and other vulnerable residents in order to ensure equal access to justice. 
  • Contact Information: 
  • General Line: 805-963-6754 
  • Monday-Thursday 9am-12pm; 1:30pm-4:00pm 
  • 301 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 

California Rural Legal Assistance 

  • Provides free legal assistance to low-income families living in rural communities throughout California. Clients include farmworkers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, school children, LGBTQ+ identifying individuals. 
  • Contact Information:
  • 1-800-337-0690 
  • 9 am-5 pm Mon-Fri 

Santa Barbara Response Network 

  • Provides free support for the families of victims of homicide or suicide, including funeral services or counseling. They are a trained organization in psychological first aid. 
  • Contact Information:
  • 24-Hour Line: (805) 699-5608 
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