Employment & Social Services

The Department of Employment and Social Services (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. 

Our Mission

"We administer employment and social services, preserving the dignity of children, families and adults."

Our Vision

"Partnering for a safe, healthy, and self-reliant community."

Benefits & Services  

How to apply for replacement benefits

Replacement benefits are available for CalFresh recipients who were the victim of electronic theft between October 1, 2022, and November 30, 2023.

Californians targeted by skimmers can file an electronic theft claim and turn in the completed form in-person or online at BenefitsCal. The deadline to apply is February 29, 2024.

EbtEDGE app launches in California

EbtEDGE was made available to Californians on the morning of November 10, 2023. CalFresh and other cash aid recipients can download and access the app using their existing login information. Click here for instructions on logging into the app as well as the web-based cardholder portal.

Users now have the ability to freeze and unfreeze their EBT cards at a moment’s notice and reset their pin as often as they’d like. Cardholders can also freeze and unfreeze online purchases and well as out of state transactions. Click here for a full list of new features that give users more control over card security.

Special Needs Awareness Program (SNAP)

Do you need assistance evacuating during an emergency? As part of Butte County's Emergency Evacuation Plan, the Department of Employment and Social Services works collaboratively with multiple agencies to ensure that those in need of evacuation assistance during an emergency are identified and evacuated safely and efficiently. Click here for more information.

ALERT FM Emergency Notification System

Butte County is partnering with Bare on the Ridge, Inc. and ALERT FM to provide ALERT FM devices to individuals that meet program eligibility guidelines and you may be eligible to receive a free ALERT FM receiver if you meet that criteria.

ALERT FM is a device that receives mass notifications in times of crisis or emergency. This device keeps citizens informed when the power, internet and/or cellular networks fail. Free devices are available on a first come, first-served basis for eligible households. Once supplies have been exhausted you may request to be added to a waitlist.

To register for the program please complete the ALERT FM Application (PDF) and submit or call 530-552-6887. Visit the ALERT FM website to learn more.

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