About Santa Barbara County SELPA (SBCSELPA)

SBCSELPA provides oversight, guidance, training and support to member local education agencies (LEAs), parents, guardians, and the community related to identifying and  providing compliant, best practice Individualized Education Plan (IEP) services to students with disabilities.  

SBCSELPA is a mandated agency by the California Department of Education that is responsible for implementation and oversight of the SBCSELPA Local Plan.  The SBCSELPA Local Plan ensures that individuals with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education as per the Individuals  with Disabilities Education Act PL 94-142 amended by PL 108-446 (Regulations 34CFR parts 300 and 301) and California Laws and Regulations (California Special Education Programs: A Composite of Laws Database).  SBCSELPA is governed by a Joint Powers Agency (JPA) board comprised of superintendents from Local Education Agencies (LEAs)/districts in Santa Barbara County SELPA and the Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Instruction. SBCSELPA encompasses the 20 school districts, Santa Barbara County Education Office, and two charter schools.

Services Provided by SBCSELPA

English / Spanish

Information for Parents and Adult Students:

Special Education Parent  and Adult Students’ Rights
English / Spanish

Complaint Process

Complaint Form
English /


New Job Posting:

Clerical Assistant
Job Description / Application

Part-time Mental Health Specialist Clinical Psychologist Supervisor (20%)
Job Description / Application


Seeking part time Mental  Health Contractor to Provide Intern Supervision
Must be licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Psychologist  and qualified to provide supervision to LMFTs (preferrably LMFTs and LCSWs).  Contact Dr. Jarice Butterfield at 805-683-1414 or email at jariceb@sbceo.org

SBCSELPA is  currently seeking  proposals from  nonpublic agency (NPA) contactors  to provide the following mental health services:

Individual student IEP counseling services

Group IEP counseling services

Parent counseling and/or social work services (Wrap Around or TBS like services)

Mental health related behavioral

Proposals are being accepted ongoing. Please contact Jarice Butterfield, SELPA Director, at 805-683-1424 or submit proposals to SBCSELPA, 401 No. Fairview Ave., Goleta, CA 93117


Public Notice:

The Santa Barbara County SELPA (SBCSELPA) and its member districts actively seek out all individuals with exceptional needs, ages birth through 21, including infants and children enrolled in parentally placed private schools. Special education programs are available to all eligible students with disabilities, ages birth to 21 in Santa Barbara County.

If you are concerned about your child’s development or have reason to believe your child needs special education due to a physical, mental, emotional, learning or speech problem, you may contact either the SELPA office or your local school district Special Education Department if you have questions about referring a child for special education services.

Santa Barbara County
Special Education Local Plan Area Office
401 North Fairview Avenue
Goleta, CA 93117
Or phone (805) 683-1424



SELPA del Condado de Santa Barbara (SBCSELPA) y los distritos afiliados buscan a todos los niños con necesidades excepcionales entre 0 y 21 años de edad, incluyendo bebés y niños inscritos en escuelas privadas por sus padres. Los programas de Educación Especial están disponibles para todos los estudiantes con discapacidades entre 0 y 21 años de edad en el Condado de Santa Barbara.

Si usted está preocupado acerca del desarrollo de su hijo o tiene la mínima razón de pensar que su hijo necesita servicios de educación especial debido a problemas físicos, mentales, emocionales, de aprendizaje o de habla, comuníquese con la oficina de SELPA o con el Departamento de Educación Especial de su Distrito Escolar si tiene alguna pregunta acerca de referir a un niño para servicios de educación especial.

Condado de Santa Barbara
Oficina Local de Educación Especial
401 North Fairview Avenue
Goleta, CA 93117
Or phone (805) 683-1424