Cass County Social Services
In Partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Cass County Social Services provides necessary services to Cass County’s most vulnerable residents. While collaborating with many others, including other counties, tribes, probation, court systems, sheriff’s department and a multitude of service providers we strive to assure that Cass County seniors, those with disabilities, children and families have their basic needs met and are afforded safety as well as opportunity to reach their full potential.
Services we provide
For answers to questions on any of the services we provide you may call (218) 547-1340, 8:00 to 4:30, Monday through Friday.
Reports of child maltreatment within the family are screened within 24 hours. Those reports that are about an alleged perpetrator outside the family unit are referred to local law enforcement. Reports that meet the state guidelines for a child protection response are opened for either a Family Assessment or Traditional Investigation depending on the severity of the allegation. Social Workers will determine the child’s safety, level of risk, family needs and family strengths. On-going child protection services will be provided if determined necessary.
Families may request voluntary services for help in the areas of parenting techniques, support, and child development concerns. In addition, children over the age of 12 who are truant and under the jurisdiction of the court via a Truancy CHIPS also receive services in an effort to correct the truancy problem.
Children’s Mental Health
Children who have a diagnostic assessment with a qualified metal health professional and are diagnosed with a severe emotional disturbance qualify for children’s mental health case management services. A social worker can provide support, coordination of therapeutic services, in-home services, and access to parenting resources as needed. In some cases, respite can be provided. The most serious cases may be referred to a mental health center for case management services.
A social worker will provide an assessment of a minor parent’s needs whenever the county is notified of a birth to a minor. Minors who are receiving public assistance must have an on-going open case with a social worker for monitoring and service provision. Minor parents who are not receiving public assistance can request service as well.
Child and Adult Foster Care Licensing
Single adults or couples over the age 21 who are interested in becoming foster parents for children should contact Cass County Health Human and Veterans Services. The County will assess both the physical requirements for the home, and the applicant’s ability and willingness to serve as a resource for parents and children involved in the child protection system. A federal background check and training are required.
For the general public you may call Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center MAARC 844-880-1574
to Report suspected adult maltreatment or
call: 218-547-1340 or after hours emergencies call 218-547-1424.
Reports of vulnerable adult maltreatment are screened within 24 hours. If the report nets the criteria of Maltreatment and the person meets the statutory definition of a vulnerable adult, an adult protection investigation will be initiated. Social Workers will determine the vulnerable adults’ safety, level of risk, strengths, and on-going needs. Adult protection services will be provided if determined necessary. In some cases, Social Services will involve the court via a Commitment or Guardian/Conservator petition if deemed necessary.
Adult Mental Health
An Adult with a serious and persistent mental illness as defined by Minnesota statute qualifies for Adult Mental Health case management services. Case managers can provide support, coordination of therapeutic serves and medication, assistance in accessing transportation, and informant and referral. Additional services can be provided if the person qualifies for a Medical Assistance (MA) Waiver program.
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Chemical Dependency/Substance Abuse
A person seeking help to overcome addiction may qualify for funding for inpatient or outpatient treatment services. Eligible individuals are those who meet the income guidelines for Medical Assistance (MA) and who have had an approved Chemical Dependency Assessment (also called a Rule 25 Assessment).
Individuals with a full scale IQ below 70 qualify for case management services from a developmental disabilities social worker. Occasionally individuals with IQ’s over 70 may qualify if they have a related condition. Case management services include advocacy, information, referral, and monitoring of services. Additional services can be provided if the person qualifies for a Medical Assistance (MA) Waiver program. Waivered services can include foster care, respite care, employment supports, independent living supports, transportation, environmental modifications or adaptions, equipment and supplies, and some other specialized services as needed.
Children’s Developmental Disabilities
Individuals with a full scale IQ below 70 qualify for case management services from a developmental disabilities social worker. Occasionally individuals with IQ's over 70 may qualify if they have a related condition. Case management services include advocacy, information, referral, and monitoring of services. Additional services can be provided if the person qualifies for a Medical Assistance (MA) Waiver program.
Child Care Licensing
The purpose of licensing is to protect the health, safety, and well being of children. The State of Minnesota has rules for those who care for children. Information and forms are provided to assist you in your application for Child Care Licensing in Cass County.
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