Cass County Social Services is a department of Cass County government that has been designated by law to provide poor relief and related services to the citizens of Cass 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. Cass 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.
Cass County Social Services is directly responsible to the Cass County Social Services Board. The Board is accountable to the Cass County Commission and, where designated, the North Dakota Department of Human Services. The Board consists of seven members, including five County Commissioners and two community at-large members. 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.
Cass County Social Services has a total of 162 budgeted positions.
The 2019 Cass County Social Services operating budget is 13 million dollars. 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 Medical Assistance, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps) that is estimated at almost 18 million dollars annually for Cass County. If those costs were also included it is estimated that the total county-based social services expenditures would be over 100 million dollars annually.
Civil Rights Statement
Cass County makes available all services/assistance without regard to race, color, sex, age, disability, national origin, religion, political beliefs, or status with respect to marriage or public assistance. Social Services is subject to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 as amended and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991. More information about this policy is available on the North Dakota Department of Human Services website. To file a grievance, follow the instructions on the Civil Rights Grievance Process or contact Cindy Stoick, Section 504 Coordinator, at 211 9th Street South, Fargo, ND 58103; 701-241-5736, firstname.lastname@example.org.