2020 Social Services Block Grant Annual Report

To fulfill public input requirements, the Minnesota Department Of Human Services publishes this annual report. County agency staff must review and make available to the public the contents of this report and solicit public comments on the use of SSBG funds. County agencies are encouraged to integrate public input in its ongoing quality assurance processes.

You may review the report here:


RentHelpMN is Now Open for Applications

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RentHelpMN is Now Open for Applications

Minnesota Housing is pleased to announce that RentHelpMN is now open and accepting applications. RentHelpMN makes it possible for eligible renters to get caught up on overdue rent and utilities dating back to March 13, 2020. It also makes provisions for those at risk of falling behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note that RentHelpMN is in Phase One, in which people with past due rent who meet eligibility requirements are invited to apply.

To apply for RentHelpMN, please visit or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN, 8:00a.m. – 8:00p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Visit to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements and to apply.


Job Opening: Social Worker – Child Protection

County Agency Name: Lac qui Parle County Family Service Center

Merit System Class Title: Social Worker

County Job Title: Social Worker – Child Protection

Location/Site: 930 First Avenue, Madison, MN  56256

Posting Closes: 3/16/2021

Job Type: Full-time Position

Hours scheduled per week: 40

Hourly Wage Range: $23.38 to $36.39

Job summary:

Child protection;  Intake, assessment and case management for families and children who need intervention and services to ameliorate conditions of abuse & neglect and engage them in strength based, solution focused planning in an interactional helping model. 

Preferred qualifications:   Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or Related Field.


Please use the following link:



Southwestern Minnesota Adult Mental Health Consortium Meetings

Southwestern Minnesota Adult Mental Health Consortium monthly meetings are held the 2nd Friday of the month starting at 9:30a.m. The following is a list of dates for 2021:

  • January 8th
  • February 12th
  • March 12th
  • April 9th
  • May 14th
  • June 11th
  • July 9th
  • August 13th
  • September 10th
  • October 8th – Annual Meeting
  • November 12th
  • December 10th

If you would like more information on SMAMHC meetings contact Kimberly Holm at


2021 Family Child Care Variance Policy

On October 20, 2020, the Lac qui Parle County Social Services Board approved the Family Child Care Variance Policy. This policy will be effective January 1, 2021. You may view this policy on the Family Services Policies webpage by following this link

If you have qeustions, please contact Lac qui Parle County Family Services at 320-598-7594.


Job Opening: Social Services Supervisor

Department: Lac qui Parle County Family Service Center

Position:  Social Services Supervisor

Hours:  Full- time, 40 hours/week

Salary:  $4,845/month plus full benefits

Location:  930 First Avenue, Madison, MN

Job Duties:  To supervise the Social Services Unit including social workers working within the disability and elderly programs and licensing. Administer social services according to current state & federal policies. Ensure clients meet eligibility requirements for access to programs. Ensure referrals are screened, applications taken, assessments are completed and case management and care coordination is provided according to established guidelines. Provide good customer service and address complaints timely. Ensure vulnerable adults receive protection services. 

Apply on-line at:

Closing date for application:  October 13, 2020

Contact for information:  Kirsten Gloege, Director; Phone #320-598-7594

Mailing address:  P.O. Box 7, 930 First Avenue, Madison, MN  56256 

Lac qui Parle County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Make a Plan Minnesota

This Child Safety and Permanency Update was published by the Minnesota Department of Human Services on June 8, 2020.

As Minnesota perseveres through the COVID-19 public health crises, we know that more people will become sick and require hospitalization. We need families to be prepared. In other states, countries, and communities in Minnesota, there have been parents who have become too ill with COVID-19 to care for their children for short periods of time. These circumstances present a need to identify alternate caregivers who can step in to help care for chldren who have likely been exposed to the virus. Unfortunatley, this virus doesn't always leave time for people to make plans.

We're urging all Minnesotans who are responsible for the care of a child to make a plan now for alternate short term care for their children in the event parents or guardians become ill. To support families in this process, we've developed Make a Plan, Minnesota. Make a Plan, Minnesota helps guide families through a process to identify possible caregivers, gather vital family and child information, and share their plan with others. A fillable form is included to help families gather information that an alternate caregiver might need to know while caring for their children.

It's never too early to make a plan. Before the emergency is upon a family, we urge families to talk now with their support networks about who will be able to step in and help provide care for their children or other supports, such as dropping off meals or checking in with the children daily if a parent is quarantined at home.


What to do if You’re Waiting for COVID-19 Test Results

Published by Minnesota Department of Health on 5/21/2020

If you are waiting for results from a COVID-19 test, you must separate yourself from others and watch yourself for symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. This is to protect yourself, your family, and your community.


The clinic that did your testing will get the results to you. It can take several days for test results to come back. Do not call the Minnesota Department of Health to get your test results.

Separate yourself from others

  • Stay home. Do not go to work, school, or any other place outside the home. If you need medical care, follow the instructions below.

  • Stay away from other people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom, if available.

  • Wear a facemask if you need to be around other people, and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash hands thoroughly afterward.

  • Avoid sharing personal household items. Do not share food, dishes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water. Clean all frequently touched surfaces in your home daily, including door knobs, light switches, and faucets.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% to 95% alcohol. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Please carefully review additional information provided to you by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Monitor your symptoms


  1. Contact your health care provider. Call ahead. Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing (such as Uber or Lyft), or taxis if you need to go to a clinic or hospital.

  2. If you need to be around other people in your home, wear a facemask.

  3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze. Wash your hands. If you need emergency medical attention any time during the isolation period, call 911 and let them know that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Notify people you’ve been in contact with

Make a list of the people you have been in close contact with, from two days before you started feeling sick until the time you were tested. Tell these people that you may have COVID-19 and that they may have it, too. Tell them you will let them know when you get your test results. Tell them to stay home and away from others until they hear from you. If your test results are positive, they should continue to stay home and away from others for 14 days from their last contact with you. If your test results are negative, and they do not feel sick, they do not have to keep staying apart from others.