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.
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.
See the following pages for a list of services:
Ward County Social Services is directly responsible to the Ward County Social Service Board. The board is accountable to the Ward County Commission and, where designated, the North Dakota Department of Human Services.
The Ward County Social Service Board consists of five 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 2016 year, Ward County Social Services has authorized/budgeted for 81 positions. Personnel include social workers, eligibility specialists, homemakers, and support staff.
The 2016 Ward County Social Services operating budget is slightly over $6.5 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).
The Ward County Social Service Board makes available all services and assistance without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, political beliefs or affiliations, disability or status with respect to marriage or public assistance, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the North Dakota Human Rights Act of 1983. Persons who contract with or receive funds to provide services for the Ward County Social Service Board are obligated to abide by the provisions of these laws. The Ward County Social Service Board makes its programs accessible to persons with disabilities.
Persons needing accommodation or who have questions or complaints regarding the provision of services according to these Acts may contact Melissa Bliss, Director, Ward County Social Service Board, PO Box 2209, Minot, ND 58702-2209, Phone 701-852-3552, or 701-857-0756 (FAX), or the Program Civil Rights Officer, ND Department of Human Services, Legal Advisory Unit, 600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Department 325, Bismarck, ND 58505-0250, 1-701-328-2311, TTY 1-800-366-6888, FAX 701-328-2173, or the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Region VIII, 999 18th St, Suite 417, Denver, CO 80202, 1-800-368-1019, TTY 1-800-537-7697, FAX 303-844-2025, or Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, HHH Building, Room 509-F, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201, 1-202-619-0403, TTY 1-800-537-7697, FAX 202-619-3437, or the US Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250, 1-866-632-9992 , TTY 1-800-877-8339, FAX 202-692-7442.
NON-DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT POLICY
The policy of the Ward County Social Service Board is to assure that all applicants for employment and employees of the Ward County Social Service Board are subject to uniform human resource policies and should not be subjected to discrimination in all terms and conditions of employment on the basis of an applicant’s or an employee’s race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, political beliefs or affiliation, disability, status with respect to marriage or public assistance or participation in lawful activity off the Ward County Social Service Board’s premises during non-working hours which is not in direct conflict with the essential business-related interests of the Ward County Social Service Board. The Ward County Social Service Board makes its employment process accessible to persons with disabilities.
Persons needing accommodations or who have questions or complaints regarding the provision of services according to these Acts may contact Melissa Bliss, Director, Ward County Social Service Board, PO Box 2209, Minot, ND 58702-2209, Phone 701 852-3552; 701 857-0756 (FAX).