Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Provides a financial grant to eligible families in which a child is deprived of parental support due to absence, death or disability/incapacity. The purpose of the program is to ensure a safety net while providing an array of services directed at promoting self-sufficiency. Cooperation with Child Support Enforcement in establishing paternity and support orders is required, and eligible caretakers must also participate in the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) program to obtain work readiness skills, training and employment. Benefits are issued through an Electronic Payment Debit Card
Health Care Coverage
Provides benefits to assist with medical costs for eligible low-income individuals and families. Eligibility is based on income, assets and qualifying as a member of a coverage group. Health Care Coverage includes Medicaid, Healthy Steps (Children's Health Insurance Program), and Aid to the Blind. These programs may provide assistance to children and families, pregnant women, and recipients of SSI or Social Security Disability benefits. Health Care Coverage also includes Transitional and Extended Medicaid benefits, Medicare Savings Programs, and the Workers with Disabilities Program.
The General Assistance Program is an emergency assistance program intended to meet basic maintenance needs of families in financial crisis, disabled adults, and burial of deceased poor persons.
Energy Assistance - Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Also referred to as Fuel Assistance, this program provides benefits to low-income individuals and families to assist with the payment of heating costs. The program is available October through May of each year. Seasonal benefits are based on household size, income, assets, housing type and size, and fuel used to heat the dwelling.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - formerly Food Stamps)
Provides benefits through the use of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to assist low-income individuals and families with purchasing food. Monthly benefits are based on family size, income and shelter costs.
Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
Provides assistance to low-income families to help meet their child care costs related to employment and certain educational goals. Most families are responsible for paying a share of the cost based on income and family size.
Basic Care Supplementation
This program is intended to assist individuals who are at least age 18, who are blind or disabled, or age 65 and over, who need the services provided by a licensed basic care facility. This program is a supplement program for individuals residing in participating licensed basic care facilities. The intent of this program is to supplement the income of a person who, after applying all available income to the cost of care at a basic care facility, requires further assistance.
Assistance to the Blind
The Aid to the Blind - Remedial Care (AB-R) Program is established under North Dakota Century Code Section 50-24.1-06 state law as a supplementary, state financed program to meet treatment needs of individuals who are in danger of losing their vision or require restorative eye services.
Foster Care Maintenance Payments
A program whereby payment for room, board, supervision, clothing and personal needs can be made for children who cannot live with relatives, but reside in a licensed foster home or residential facility.
Information and Referral Services
Information and referral services are those services or activities designed to provide information about services provided by public and private service providers and a brief assessment of client needs to facilitate appropriate referral to these community resources.
Home and Community Based Services
In-home services are funded for the purpose of maximizing independent living for individuals choosing such services in lieu of long term care in a nursing facility. Services are funded by the Special Payments for the Elderly and Disabled (SPED) Program, Expanded SPED Program, or Medicaid and the Medicaid Waiver including:
Adult Family Foster Care & Licensing
Safe, supervised family living environment providing 24-hour care or supervision licensed by the state.
Family Home Care
Compensates a family member in the same household for daily help to an eligible client.
Personal Care Services
Provided by an attendant who can help with dressing, grooming, bathing and skin care
Provide help with housework, laundry, meal preparation and shopping
Provides temporary relief to an eligible client's primary caregiver
Provides help with occasional tasks such as house cleaning, minor home repair, and snow removal.
Helps with essential trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, bank or post office
Adult Day Care
Provides social support and group activities to elderly for part of the day
Structural modifications to the home, examples include widening of doorways and building wheelchair ramps
Specialized Equipment & Supplies:
Equipment and supplies such as communication boards, remote controls to operate appliances, and special designed wheelchair lap trays
Emergency Response System:
Telephone emergency response system for use in event of an accident or illness
Case manager helps plan and arrange for needed services.
Personal Care Services provided to individuals receiving care on a 24-hour basis in an Alzheimer’s Unit.
Basic Care Assessments:
Case managers assess whether an individual meets the functional eligibility requirements for residence in a basic care facility.
CHILD PROTECTIONS AND FAMILY SERVICES:
Child Protective Services:
Licensed Social Workers receive and assess reports for Child Abuse and Neglect in accordance with ND law. Upon completion of the CPS Assessment, cases are staffed with the county Child Protection Team and services may be recommended or required.
Child Protective Services Follow Up/Case Management:
In cases where services are required, or court ordered, a social worker will be assigned to assist the family and ensure that they follow through with services.
Prime Time Day Care:
Prime Time is a program providing daycare for children from families in crisis. These services are intended to enable parents to attend parenting classes, therapy, and other supportive programs. This service must be a part of a treatment plan. Childcare is provided by licensed providers who have signed an agreement to serve as a PTDC provider.
A project to provide for financial payment for day care for infants of minors who are unwed and wish to finish high school. Payments will cover the time while they are attending classes.
The evaluation of the living circumstances of children and families, by a licensed social worker, for use by the Courts in determining legal and physical custody of minors.
Intensive In-Home Services
Therapists from The Village Family Service Center work individually with a family in their home, providing therapy, counseling, parenting skills, education, and community interventions that work toward resolving difficulties in the home. This program is offered to families who have at least one child at risk of abuse/neglect or out-of-home placement, or if a child is in foster care and assistance is needed with reunification
The model for providing child welfare case management, which includes child protection services, family preservation, and foster care. Services are delivered in the home to families whose children are at risk of maltreatment or out of home placement.
Foster Care Case Management
Provision of substitute parental care to children under age 21 who are removed from the care, custody, and control of their parents due to abuse/neglect, deprivation or unruly behavior. A court order is required for placement of children in foster care with the exception of emergency, after hours situations when law enforcement can request temporary placement without a court order. Foster care may be provided in a licensed family foster home, group home, or residential care facility and case management is provided by agency social workers.
Subsidized Adoption Subsidy Payments
The subsidized Adoption Program provides financial assistance to increase incentives for the adoption of North Dakota children whose handicap, age, minority background, or sibling group membership might otherwise prevent their adoptive placement.
Subsidized Guardianship Subsidy Payments
The subsidized guardianship program provides a means for a monthly cash payment for a child's maintenance needs to an eligible guardian who provides care to an eligible child.
Day, Family and Group Care Licensing and Registration
A service that permits individuals and groups to provide licensed child care. Licensing requires minimal standards for care and the physical environment. All individuals who care for more that six unrelated individuals must be licensed or registered in North Dakota.
Family Foster Care Licensing
A service that recruits, trains, and recommends licensing for the care of children in need of out-of-home placement. This includes a home study and determining the fitness of a family to be considered as a foster parent.
Children’s Special Health Services - Clinics - Financial
Services for any person between birth at 21 years, whose physical function or emotional development is impaired by accident, disease, or congenital deformity. Services consist of early location of eligible children; provision of diagnostic services and treatment including medical, surgical, and hospital services for children who have certain special health conditions; and social services to the children and their families.
North Dakota Health Tracks (under age 21- Medicaid eligible only)
A program of preventive health care directed to children who are eligible for medical assistance. Emphasis is on early diagnosis and treatment.
Parent Aid Services
The provision of paraprofessional services to families, providing education and support to meet predetermined goals and prevent out-of-home child foster care placement. Services are provided as a component of Family Preservation Services in North Dakota.
Safety and Permanency Funds
These funds can be used to help prevent the placement of children in out-of-home care, safely reunify children with their families or assist with other permanency plans for children. However, other avenues of payment for these needs must be exhausted, such as county funds, churches, fraternal organizations, Community Action, etc., due to the limited amount of money available. This is not an ongoing source of funding and is supposed to be a one-time, emergency needs fund, and it must be directly connected to preventing placement, abuse/neglect, or assist with permanency plan for a child.
TANF Kinship Care assistance expands the options for placement to children who are in the care, custody, and control of County Social Services by providing enhanced funding and services to those found eligible for the program.