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Human Services


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
  • Income Maintenance

Social Services

Many individuals and families in the Stevens County need help in dealing with problems such as child neglect and abuse, serious conflicts between children and their parents, teen pregnancy, mental illness, chemical dependency, developmental disabilities, and adults having vulnerabilities.  Some families need help locating and paying for quality child care services so that they can work.

The Human Service Department licenses family foster care homes and day care homes. Human Services Department funds programs such as counseling services, foster care services, respite care, day training and habilitation services and various residential treatment services.  Mental health and chemical health services are available through contracts with Human Services.  Contact social services intake at (320) 208-6600 for more information about any of these programs.

Income Maintenance

The Income Maintenance Unit administers public assistance. Financial Workers determine eligibility for cash, medical and food support programs, including the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), General Assistance (GA), and Food Support.  For information call (320) 208-6600.

Child Support Enforcement staff establish and enforce orders for child support, initiate income withholding for support payments, periodically review existing orders, and establish paternity for out-of-wedlock children.  For information call (320) 208-6600.

To apply for Public Assistance programs, click on this link: ApplyMN

Do you need help paying for child care?

Minnesota Child Support Online

Discounted telephone services for those who qualify

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