Human Services

Mission Statement:

The Stevens County Human Services Department shall protect, support, and educate individuals, families and communities with respect and dignity, so that people achieve their highest level of potential, reach a level of self-sufficiency, and live in a safe and stable environment.


  • Social Services
  • Financial Support
  • Child Support

Click Here to Report a Child Protection Concern

Social Services

The Social Services department is responsible for the administration of many programs in the areas of Child and Adult Protection, Children’s and Adult Mental Health, Family Child Care and Foster Care Licensing, Services for persons with Developmental Disabilities/Related Conditions, Senior Services, and Chemical Dependency.

Financial Support

The Income Maintenance department administers public assistance. Financial workers determine eligibility for Food Support, Cash Assistance, Health Care, Long Term Care, and Child Care Assistance.

Child Support

Child Support Enforcement staff establish and enforce orders for child support, initiate income withholding for support payments, periodically review existing orders, and help to establish paternity.

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance

If you have experienced hardship due to the pandemic and need assistance to pay your rent or utility bills, you may be eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance. 

Click here for more information and to apply. 

Stevens County 2022-2023 MFIP Biennial Service Agreement

Under Minnesota Statutes, section 256J.626, subdivision 4, counties, consortia, and Tribal Nations are required to submit a Biennial Service Agreement (BSA) to be approved by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to receive consolidated funds for the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). The purpose of the BSA is to provide DHS with information about services and strategies intended to meet program measures with the goal of increasing the economic stability of low-income families on MFIP. The different sections of the BSA gather information about program strengths and service delivery gaps. The BSA will give us a comprehensive assessment of current efforts, insight into what types of assistance is needed, and information on new strategies to better serve participants. We want to ensure that people served through MFIP are equipped to obtain and sustain gainful employment that will ultimately lead to greater self-sufficiency.

2022-2023 MFIP Biennial Service Agreement

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line. Text MN to 741 741 Free support at your fingertips, 24/7

The Minnesota Department of Human Services Crisis Text Line is offering text-based suicide prevention across Minnesota. People who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources.

The Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.