Ward County Social Services is a department of the Ward County government that has been designated by law to provide assistance and services to the citizens of Ward County.
The majority of the services/programs offered by the county are done in conjunction with state and federal agencies, particularly the North Dakota Department of Human Services.
Mission Statement The mission of Ward County Social Services is to provide quality programs and services, as directed by public policies, to vulnerable individuals and families to provide for basic needs, to ensure safety, and to promote self-sufficiency.
Ward County Social Services provides a wide range of services including both social services and economic assistance programs. Some services are provided directly by county employees and others are provided through contracts.
The Ward County Social Service Board consists of four Commissioners who are accountable to the five member Ward County Commission. The board meets both regularly and in special session monthly. The board appoints the director of social services with the approval of the County Commission.
For the 2014 year, Ward County Social Services has authorized/budgeted for 76 positions. Personnel include social workers, eligibility specialists, homemakers, and support staff.
The 2014 Ward County Social Services operating budget is slightly over $6.8 million. This budget includes both the county share of funding for services and some state/federal programs. It does not include all financial benefits paid to/for clients through programs such as Medicaid, Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).