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."

Medical Coverage

Affordable health care is essential to everyone’s health and well-being. A number of health care coverage options are now available for qualifying individuals and families. Each program has its own rules to determine who is eligible and the cost, if any, of coverage. 


Medi-Cal, called Medicaid in other states, provides quality health coverage to qualifying residents of California. Those who qualify for Medi-Cal include the aged, blind and disabled, those in long-term care, the medically needy, and those deemed eligible as a result of qualifying for other services, such as CalWORKs. 

 In January 2014, Medi-Cal eligibility is being expanded to include the non-disabled, non-elderly, childless adult populations with income up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Household income will be calculated using the adjusted gross income as defined on household tax returns. There is no asset test on these households, meaning that owning valuable assets does not disqualify a person or family from this program. 

Health Care Coverage through the Affordable Care Act

The state’s insurance exchange, known as “Covered California,” will offer four different health care plan levels- platinum, gold, silver or bronze- that provide a range of premiums and benefit levels. There will be tax credits to help cover the cost of health insurance premiums for families with incomes under 400% of the Federal Poverty Level, and assistance with co-pays and deductibles. The insurance companies that are offering health care plans in Butte County are Anthem Blue Cross of California, and Blue Shield of California. For more information or help in calculating the costs and options visit the CoveredCA website.

How to Apply

Visit C4Yourself.com to apply.  C4Yourself Logo 
Visit CoveredCA.com online to apply.  CoveredCA Logo

By Phone:  Call Covered California at 800.300.1506.

In Person:


Butte Community Employment Center - Chico
765 East Ave                                                                  Chico, CA 95926  

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

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County Medical Services Program (CMSP)

The CMSP program services and eligibility requirements are being revised. For more information, call the Butte County Customer Service Center at 877.410.8803.

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

Customer Service Center

Butte 211
Dial 211 or Butte211.org

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 Locations & Hours

Customer Service Center
877.410.8803 (phone only)
Monday - Friday
7:30am to 4:30pm

Excludes Holidays

Butte Community Employment Center - Chico
765 East Avenue
Chico, CA 95926

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

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

Butte County Community Services Center
7200 Skyway Rd
Paradise, CA 95969

Excludes Holidays

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Public Assistance Overpayment
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Apply in person at one of the Butte Community Employment Centers

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