Welcome to the Department of Employment and Social Services (DESS) website. DESS is committed to collaborating with our many partners to provide a safe, healthy and self-reliant community. At DESS we aim to administer employment and social services to all citizens of Butte County with dignity and respect. Please explore the website and learn about the many employment and social services programs we provide.
Shelby Boston, MSW
Director /Public Guardian / Public Administrator
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, DESS, encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Butte County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skill, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities. Please see the Children's Services Page for more information!
Services to help the elderly and
persons with disabilities to live
safely in their own homes. Investigates reports of elder or dependent adult abuse and neglect.
Investigates child abuse and neglect and works to preserve or restore family stability.
CalWORKs provides temporary financial assistance and employment-related services to needy families with minor children.
Helps low-income people buy
the food they need to remain healthy.
Medical coverage is available, including Medi-Cal, Expanded Medi-Cal, Health Care Reform Options, and the County Medical Services Program (CMSP).
The County Veterans Service Office is an office established by the Butte County Board of Supervisors to assist veterans, their dependents and survivors, and the general public in obtaining benefits from federal, state, and local agencies administering programs for veterans.
General Assistance provides three months of cash assistance to eligible, employable adults and provides longer-term assistance to eligible adults who are temporarily disabled or who are awaiting Supplemental Security Income (SSI) approval.
Butte Community Employment Centers - One Stops.
Each Butte Community Employment Center provides a wide variety of employment related services to both job seekers and employers, and a connecting point between the two.
See a full list of Butte Community Partners.