Social Services Offered Amid Pandemic

By Samantha Monterroso |

“Community service and preventative services should always be key in order to alleviate the problems of society,” Director of Public Social Services in Riverside County Sayori Baldwin said as a guest in a new podcast episode of Policy Chats.

Holding a master’s degree in public administration, Baldwin has a wealth of experience in the health and human services field. She has spent the last 30 years in a wide variety of programmatic and administrative roles that serve the most vulnerable children and adults in our communities. 

The Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) consists of over 4,200 employees who are responsible for administering the following programs: Children’s and Adult Services, Medi-Cal, Cal Fresh, CalWORKs, Employment Services, Homeless and General Assistance.

“Due to recent events in the United States, the conversation has shifted towards the importance of social services in everyday life,” said Maddie Bunding, a senior public policy major who served as interviewer for the episode. “Interviewing Director Balwin is a wonderful opportunity for both myself, and our listeners, to learn about the purpose and future of public social services.” 

Launched in 2020, the UCR School of Public Policy podcast series explores current public policy issues with guests from throughout the policy world. Episodes are accessible via Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Anchor. More information is also available through the UCR School of Public Policy podcast page.