Family Support Specialists – Adult Services

Family Support Specialists of San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara Counties provide education, information, and assistance with navigating the public and private mental health systems. We create a caring, confidential environment that empowers family and friends to better understand and cope with the realities of chronic and persistent mental illness. All services are available in both English and Spanish.

Where Are Services Available?

San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara County


Who Can Participate?

Families, guardians, and caregivers with an adult loved one who has special mental health needs.


What Services are Provided?


How Much Does it Cost?

The Family Support Specialist Program is a free service funded by San Luis Obispo County Department of Behavioral Health, Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness, and the Mental Health Services Act. No referral, CenCal, MediCal, or an open county mental health case is necessary.


How Do I Access Services?

Please complete this electronic intake and release form to be contacted by staff for program information and enrollment.

If you have any questions prior to being contacted, please reach out to the staff below. 

San Luis Obispo County

Fernando Vasquez - Family Support Specialist San Luis Obispo (Se habla Español)

Vivian Soul - Family Support Specialist San Luis Obispo

North Santa Barbara County

Maria Perez - Santa Maria and Surrounding Areas (Se habla Español)

Zandra Alfaro-Olea – Lompoc and Surrounding Areas (Se habla Español)


For any questions, call Shawn Ison,
Family Services Program Manager
at (805) 540-6571

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