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Community Services
Mission Statement
Individuals and families will be safe, independent, and able to meet their basic needs.

Community Services works in partnership with public and private agencies to help individuals and families be safe and successful. The department provides a wide array of services to eligible citizens.

Individuals and families who need assistance with any of the following problems are encouraged to contact the department:
  • Adoption
  • Aging
  • Child abuse or neglect
  • Child care
  • Child support
  • Chemical dependency
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Elderly abuse or neglect
  • Employment assistance
  • Financial assistance
  • Medical assistance
  • Mental health

The Community Services Department also is responsible for licensing family child care homes as well as foster homes for children and adults.

Report Child Abuse or Neglect

Washington County is in the process of developing its 2014-15 Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Biennial Service Agreement. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) requires counties to notify the public and seek input on the use of funds. Washington County has chosen to inform the public of the development of the service plan via the county website.

The guidelines the county will be using to develop this plan are found on the DHS website listed below. Follow the link to view the full guideline. Bulletin #13-11-02-2014 – 2015 County MFIP Biennial Service Agreement Guidelines

MFIP Biennial Service Agreement

The final document submitted to DHS will describe the public input received during the development and how it impacted the planning process or service agreement.


  • Children and adults who are vulnerable, disabled, mentally ill, or chemically dependent will be safe and healthy.
  • Veterans, job seekers, and other eligible persons will receive the support needed to remain or become self-sufficient.
  • Timely, respectful, and cost-efficient services will be delivered to all customers.

Disclaimer Note: The information contained in the following material is subject to change without notice. The content has been reviewed, but should in no way be interpreted as creating a legal or otherwise basis for the provision of a specific service to a specific family situation.