COVID-19 Notice
Governor Gavin Newsom issued a Stay at Home Order (Governor's Executive Order N-33-20) for Californians that went into effect on March 19, 2020. This order is in place until further notice. Clarifications and restrictions provided by Santa Barbara County Health Officer Orders can be found here.

If you want the County to investigate potential violations of the Protection Plan Protocols or the health order currently in effect, please complete this form with as much information as possible here: REPORT A VIOLATION

Whistleblower Hotline

Confidential Hotline (844) 413-4025


The purpose of the Whistleblower Hotline is to encourage employees and citizens of the County to report any suspected cases of fraud, waste, or abuse, of which they become aware.  The Whistleblower Hotline is provided as an alternative reporting mechanism to ensure concerns are properly addressed and as a means for anonymous, confidential, reporting.


  • Fraud: A dishonest, unethical, irregular or illegal act or practice.  It can be any intentional act or omission designed to deceive others that results in the County suffering a loss of money, property, or other disadvantage to the County's resources or rights and /or the perpetrator achieves a gain of money, property or an advantage to which the employee would not normally be entitled.
  • Waste:  The intentional or unintentional thoughtless, reckless or careless expenditure, consumption, mismanagement, use, or squandering of County resources.  Waste also includes incurring unnecessary costs because of inefficient or ineffective practices, systems, or controls.
  • Abuse:  Intentional destruction, diversion, manipulation, misapplication, maltreatment, or misuse of County resources.  Extravagant or excessive use as to abuse one's position or authority.  Abuse can occur in a financial or non-financial setting.


The County has engaged EthicsPoint to manage its Whistleblower Hotline.  EthicsPoint is an independent, comprehensive and confidential reporting service available to anyone wishing to report financial fraud, waste, or abuse. There are two ways to use the Whistleblower Hotline:

What Information Should I Provide?

When reporting suspected fraud, waste, and abuse, please provide as much information and detail as possible, including who, what, when, where, why, and how.

Purposeful misrepresentation of reporting allegations may be construed as a malicious act.  Allegations made frivolously, in bad faith or without factual basis may constitute defamation and may be legally actionable

Whistleblower Hotline Frequently Asked Questions

Submit a Report

File A Report Online

or Call toll-free, (844) 413-4025

Navex global whistleblower page


Workers' Compensation Fraud (District Attorney):

Welfare Fraud (District Attorney):

Child Abuse or Neglect (Department of Social Services):

Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse or Neglect (Department of Social Services):

  • Website
  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30 pm:  (844) 751-6729
  • After Business Hours:  (805) 692-5744 (Sheriff's Dispatch)
  • If an elder is in immediate danger, call 911
  • If abuse is in a licensed residential or long-term facility:  (805) 922-1236

Anonymous Tip (Sheriff's Office): 

  • Website
  • (805) 683-2724 (Non-Emergency 24/7 Dispatch)