Jill Denault, LSW, Zone Director
Susan Fetsch-Crockett, Licensed Social Worker III
Megin Mitchell, Social Worker III
Bethany Ivesdal, Social Worker II
Kathy Downs, Eligibility Worker I
Kim Rude, Administrative Assistant I
Holly Fetsch, Acct Tech II
Linda Geisen, Direct Care Associate
- Stanley Dick, Chairperson
- Debra Fraser, Vice-Chairperson
- Karen Anderson, Member
- Manny Doyle, Member
- Amy Kram, Member
- Janne Myrdal, Member
- Ann West, Member
- David Zeis, Member
Social Service Programs:
Children’s Special Health Services
Diagnostic services for treatment for children who have certain crippling conditions, i.e. cerebral palsy, cleft lip and palate, diabetes, hearing loss, heart condition, scoliosis, spina bifida, etc. There are income and asset maximums for eligibility.
Day Care Licensing
Complete licensing for center, group, and family daycares.
Foster Care Licensing
The provision of substitute parental child care when children need to be removed from their home. Licensure is required. The process involves making application to County Social Services, a home study, fire and safety checks of the home, and references. Cavalier County is in great need of foster care homes!
Prime Time Day Care
Paid child care for families in crisis. These services are intended to enable parents to attend parenting classes, therapy, drug/alcohol treatment, or respite from parenting responsibilities.
Parent Aide Services
This program is to empower parents to more effectively parent their children. This service helps prevent out-of-home placements.
Program that may be available to young parents who are age 20 years or under, who are the primary caretaker of their child, and who are pursuing their high school diploma, alternative high school placement, or a GED program. Childcare costs are paid for child while parent is attending school.
Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Family Home Care Home Assists persons who are experiencing difficulty living independently and unable to provide for their own needs.
Assistance to complete environmental tasks that an elderly or disabled individual is not able to complete himself in order to maintain that individual’s own home.
Child Protection Services
Social Services is mandated by law to complete an assessment with regard to all alleged concerns our agency receives regarding children, ages 0-18, who are allegedly being neglected or abused that fall within the Child Abuse/Neglect Law. This assessment is completed by a licensed social worker to determine what, if any, services are needed to protect and promote the safe and well-being and permanence of children. All individuals making a report of concern of a child are protected by law and are kept confidential.
Respite Care Services
Provides temporary child care for families with disabled children, including chronically or terminally ill children, children with serious behavioral or emotional difficulties, and drug-affected children. Intended to provide care givers with periods of temporary relief from the pressures of caring for children.
Flexible funding for rent, utilities, food, clothing, transportation to services, etc., which is available from local county social service offices to families who are having difficulties and are at risk of their children being placed out of home. This funding can be used for such things as Strength-Based Planning Wraparound Process. This is a planning process used by county social service offices, the child, and family to help them set up individualized community services.
Wraparound Case Management
Wraparound is a strength based philosophy of care that includes a definable process involving the child and family that results in a unique set of community services and supports individualized for that child and family.
North Dakota Health Tracks (formerly EPSDT) is a preventive health program that is free for children ages 0 to 21 who are eligible for Medicaid. Health Tracks pays for screenings, diagnosis, and treatment services to help prevent health problems from occurring or help keep health problems from becoming worse. Health Tracks also pays for orthodontics (teeth braces), glasses, hearing aids, vaccinations, counseling and other important health services. Health tracks will help schedule appointments for services and will also help with finding transportation to the services.
Financial Assistance Programs:
All financial assistance programs are administered by Eligibility workers. Financial assistance programs help many low income individuals and families who are working toward self-sufficiency.
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
Provides the basic minimums for food, clothing and shelter for children who are deprived of those needs due to death, desertion, separation, or disability of one or both parents. Income and assets are considered for eligibility. Time limit of 60 month to receive this program.
JOBS (Job Opportunities and Basic Skills)
Provides education, training, child care, and incentives towards employment.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
This program is intended to assist individuals and families with the purchasing of food. Eligibility is based on income and assets.
Child Care Assistance
Provides assistance to low income families who are employed and/or a possibility of child care for those attending college to meet their child care expenses. Eligibility is based on the number of individuals in the household and the household’s monthly gross income.
Low Income Home Energy/Emergency Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Benefits are all Federal funds. Program is available from October 1st through May 31st each year to help with heating costs. Eligibility is based on income and assets.
Referred to as MA or Medical Assistance. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance for persons whose income and resources are not sufficient to meet the cost of necessary medical expenses or long term care. Income and assets are considered for eligibility. Different coverage’s include Family, Medically Needy, Aged, Disabled, Children with Disabilities, Worker with Disabilities, Medicare Savings, etc.
Healthy Steps insurance is for children who do not have health insurance coverage, are 18 years of age or younger, do not qualify for the North Dakota Medicaid Program, and live in families with qualifying incomes.
Basic Care Assistance
Payment to basic care facility to supplement an individual’s income to meet the rate for “Basic Care,” or Rest Home Care. Individuals must be eligible for Medicaid to receive Basic Care Assistance.
Provides financial assistance to assure the adoption of children whose handicap, age, sibling group, or minority background might otherwise prevent their adoption.
North Dakota Department of Human Services 1-800-472-2622:
~Aging Services 1-855-462-5465
~Children and Family Services 1-800-245-3736
~Economic Assistance 1-800-755-2716
~Medical Services 1-800-155-2604
ND Child Support 1-800-755-2671
Lake Region Child Support 1-888-906-5374
Lake Region Human Service Center 1-888-607-8610
Ask-A-Nurse (24 hours) 1-800-552-0190
Domestic Violence 1-800-472-2911
Housing Discrimination 1-800-424-8590
North Dakota Job Service (Devils Lake) 1-800-247-0982
Legal Aide of ND 1-800-634-5263
Mental Health Services 1-800-755-2719
Red Cross 1-800-252-6747
Senior Info Services 1-800-832-0120
Social Security Administration 1-800-772-1213
Substance Abuse Services 1-800-642-6042
Suicide Prevention 1-800-472-2911
Aging and Senior Resources for Communities in North Dakota: