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Lake County Health and Human Services

Lake County Health and Human Services envisions a healthy and safe community existing to promote optimal health, protect those who are unable to protect themselves and assist and support self-sufficiency.

Health and Human Services and COVID-19

Lake County Health and Human Services is open to the public by appointment only and are continuing to provide all services. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, staff will be providing services remotely whenever possible. You can apply for many programs online. Staff is available from 8AM-4PM Monday through Friday to answer questions via phone or email.

COVID-19 Assistance

Financial Assistance and Health Care Programs

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food support), Cash Assistance and Emergency Assistance:
    • Two Harbors: Combined Application Forms are available in the entryway of the Two Harbors Service Center or you can call (218) 834-8522 and have one mailed to you. 
    • Silver Bay: you can call (218) 220-6272 and arrange for curbside pick-up at the Silver Bay Service Center or have one mailed to you.
    • You can also apply online at: applymn.dhs.mn.gov
  • Child Care Assistance:
    • You can call either office to have a Child Care Assistance application mailed to you.
    • You can also apply online at: applymn.dhs.mn.gov
  • Health Care:
    • Please call (218) 834-8407 for information regarding which program you may qualify for and how to apply.
  • For questions about public assistance benefits, verifications or how to apply:
    • Phone (218) 834-8522    Fax (218) 834-8412    Email: Financial.Assistance@co.lake.mn.us
    • A drop box is located at the main entry of both the Two Harbors and Silver Bay Service Centers.

Social Services

  • In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
  • To contact a social worker
    • Call (218) 834-8400 during business hours (Monday – Friday, 8AM to 4PM)
    • Call the intake line at (218) 834-8432 (Monday – Friday, 8AM to 4PM) to reach an intake worker
  • To make a report of suspected adult maltreatment, call (844) 880-1574.
  • To make a report of suspected child maltreatment, call (218) 834-8432  (Monday – Friday, 8AM to 4PM).  After hours and on weekends contact law enforcement at (218) 834-8385 or 911 for an emergency.
  • For mental health crisis services, contact the crisis line at (218) 628-1800 or text “MN” to 741741.
  • In very limited situations (example: a person that does not have a safe place to discuss their needs), social work staff may arrange for a face-to-face meeting.  Staff will first conduct a health screening by phone to assess the safety of a face-to-face meeting. If the screening indicates potential health risks,social work staff will make every effort to help work through needs over the phone.

Public Health

  • Women, Infants & Children (WIC): Call or text (218) 830-2472
  • Breastfeeding Support: Call Karla at (218) 349-0363
  • Home visiting via telehealth: Call for an appointment at (218) 834-8535.
  • Environmental Health: call (218) 834-8356 Monday – Friday, 8AM to 4PM
    • Food borne illnesses, radon, private water sampling kits
    • Inspections are postponed during business closures

Child Support

  • Application is available online under the child support forms tab or call 834-8400 to have one mailed to you.
  • Payments continue to be processed.  If you are eligible for Unemployment benefits and owe an obligation of support, your payment will be withheld automatically. 
  • Court actions continue to be served and filed.  Should an action require a court date, a separate notice informing you of the date and time will be sent when it is scheduled.Court forms are available at www.mncourts.gov .
  • MN Child Support Online is available to check on your case at www.childsupport.dhs.state.mn.us .
  • As always, you can talk to a worker by dialing 218-834-8400 and asking for child support.

The Lake County Health and Human Services Support Guide is intended to be an easy-to-use information resource to connect Lake County residents that are in need of help or support with services that are available to them in the local area.  

Department Program Areas

Child Support

Money some parents pay to other people to support their children. The Court orders the support. The support may be part of a Court Order in a divorce or legal separation, paternity action, order for protection, child custody action or a separate child support action. Some services provided are locating parents, establishing parentage, establishing Court Orders for child, medical and/or child care support and collection and processing payments.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is the name given to assistance programs available to people who qualify according to state and federal guidelines of income and assets.  These programs include cash assistance, child care assistance, food support, health care and emergency assistance.

Public Health

The science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health. Some services provided by the Public Health Department are WIC, family home visiting, footcare and immunizations.

Environmental Health

Environmental Health is composed of services that include food and beverage, lodging, youth camp and public pool licensing and radon education. Now you can pay environmental heath fees online, see left side menu.

Social Services

Social Services is composed of services that include adoption assistance, adult, family and children’s services, chemical and mental health services, elderly and disability services, foster care and child care licensing and community education and prevention services.