Employment and Social Services

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."

Veteran's Service Office

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. 

We are a county agency and NOT the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Purpose We provide advocacy to the veteran community regarding entitlement rights to federal, state and local benefit programs. 

**Filing your claim through the Butte County Veterans Service Office will greatly improve your chances for a successful, well-documented, claim to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. County Veteran Service Officers and Representatives are certified, skilled professionals trained in developing veterans' claims for benefits by reviewing and applying relevant legislation, current law, protocols and important medical evidence.

Services and Programs

Additional Services

We can assist you with the following:

It is important to have documentation and vital information available for your VA claims. The following is a simple checklist for gathering appropriate documents for your claim:

  • Discharge papers (DD214)
  • Marriage certificates
  • Divorce decrees
  • Birth certificates for dependents
  • Social Security documents
  • Death certificates

“We work collaboratively with nationally chartered veterans’ organizations, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other organizations to assure that veterans and their dependents receive the entitlements they have earned for their military service.”

Hannah A. Williamson
Butte County Veteran Service Officer

Grant Opportunity

Families of Military Personnel Hardship Grant Program
from Chuck & Sharon Patterson of Patterson Auto World Charitable Fund

**Now has expanded criteria!

To apply visit North Valley Community Foundation or contact the Butte County VSO to have an application mailed to you.

Connect with Veterans Services Office

We are located in the Butte Community Employment Center - Chico

2445 Carmichael Drive
Chico, CA 95928

Fax: 530.895.6508
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 4:00pm (Closed 11:30am to 12:30pm for lunch)
Call for appointment or available walk-in times.

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 Contact DESS

24-Hour Emergency Numbers
Children's Services - North County
Children's Services - South County
Adult Services - Countywide

Customer Service Center

Butte 211
Dial 211 orButte211.org

Full list of DESS contacts

 Locations & Hours

Customer Service Center
877.410.8803 (phone only)
Monday - Saturday
7:30am to 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays

Butte Community Employment Center - Chico
2445 Carmichael Drive
Chico, CA 95928

Butte Community Employment Center - Oroville
78 Table Mountain Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30am - 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays

Full list of DESS locations.


Public Assistance Overpayment
More information about overpayments and notices of overpayment.

Apply for Service Online
Go to C4Yourself.com
Apply in person at one of the Butte Community Employment Centers

Register to Vote Online

Veteran Resources
Employment and Social Services

202 Mira Loma, Oroville, CA 95965

Cathi Grams
Director/Public Guardian/Public Administrator

2012 DESS Annual Report
Careers with DESS

California Department of Social ServicesCalifornia Department of Social Services
744 P Street, Sacramento CA 95814