County of Marin Health and Human Services

Benita McLarin, FACHE

Information on Service Adjustments During the COVID-19 Emergency

HHS is the County’s largest department with more than 700 employees who work at many sites throughout Marin. Many HHS offices have reopened with limited staffing to the public. Staff will continue to provide services remotely when possible for safety reasons, and residents in need of HHS services should consider conducting conversations over the phone or email when possible. Please call ahead if you have an appointment or require in-person assistance.

  • Adult Protective Services: (415) 473-2774.
  • Skilled Nursing/Assisted Living Ombudsman: (415) 473-7446.
  • Child Protective Services: (415) 473-7153.
  • Public Assistance Call Center (Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWorks): 1 (877) 410-8817.
  • General Relief: (415) 473-3450.
  • Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Access Line: 1 (888) 818-1115.
  • For information on resources and services specifically for older adults (persons 60+), persons with disabilities and family caregivers, call (415) 57-INFO (415) 457-4636 or email
  • HHS created a phone hotline, (415) 473-7191 (CRS 711), and an online contact form, for residents to contact staff with questions or concerns about the virus and about the county and community response. The call center is open from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays, and interpreter services are available.
  • Dial 711 for CA Relay Service (link is external)


Benita McLarin, Director

Prior to assuming the role of Director, Department of Health and Human Services for the County of Marin, Ms. McLarin served as the Chief Operating Officer for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California for over five years.

Previously Ms. McLarin also served as Vice President, Ambulatory Health Care Services for Alameda Health System and served in senior positions for Sonoma County Department of Health Services and Solano County Health and Social Services Department. Ms. McLarin also served over 20 years on active duty as a Medical Service Corps Officer with the United States Army which included several overseas assignments to Germany and Korea, as well as deployments to Honduras, Bosnia and Saudi Arabia for the first Gulf War. Ms. McLarin is a combat veteran and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Ms. McLarin received her Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University School of Public Health, her Master of Health Administration degree from Chapman University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Ms. McLarin is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a member of the American Public Health Association and a lifetime member of the Association of the United States Army. She is a graduate fellow of the California Health Leadership College and a graduate of the Boston-based Disparities Leadership Program.

Ms. McLarin enjoys mentoring and encouraging young people and early careerists. She is a board member and mentor with the Bay-Area iMentor program. She is a member of the Washington University Alumni and Parents Admissions Program. Ms. McLarin also enjoys working in the community and is the leader and coordinator in her church community outreach program which provides free support groups for cancer and grief, education in diabetes and more.

Photo Credit: HHS Employee, David Uribe