Adult Services case management is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation, and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual’s comprehensive health needs through communication, personal choice and available resources.
Adult Foster Care
The Lake of the Woods County licensing unit, as agents of the Minnesota State Department of Human Services, are responsible for licensing and monitoring adult foster care providers within our county.
What is Adult Foster Care?
Adult foster care is a licensed living arrangement in a home that provides food, lodging, supervision and household services for qualified individuals. Also available is assistance with personal care and medication. Adult foster care providers are primary caregivers for adults who cannot live alone. Caregivers are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human services through Lake of the Woods County.
If you are interested in applying for an adult foster care license or would like someone to discuss the program with you, please call 218-634-2642 and ask to speak with the adult foster care licensing worker, Joanna Onstad. Or send an email inquiry to:
The Licensing Process requires, but is not limited to, the following:
- Background Study
- Home Inspection by licensor
- Three reference letters
- Completed application and fact sheet
- Orientation Training
- Home study
- Possible inspection by State Fire Marshal
- Ongoing training hours
- Understanding of MN Rule and Statutes
- Completion of training hours
Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting
Minnesota has a new central system for reporting suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults:
- State-wide common entry point available 24/7
- 844.880.1574 is the toll-free phone number for the general public
- Website access for mandated reporters is: mn.gov/dhs/reportadultabuse/
For questions about adult protection: 218.634.2642
To report a vulnerable adult situation
For an immediate response—24 hours a day, seven days a week—call 844.880.1574 to reach the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center.
If a vulnerable adult is in immediate danger call 911
Mandated reporters should follow these Mandated Reporter Vulnerable Adult Reporting Instructions for reporting.
The Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center refers maltreatment reports to the lead investigative agency within the appropriate jurisdiction: Lake of the Woods County Adult Protection Services, the Office of Health Facility Complaints, the Minnesota Department of Human Services Licensing Division, or law enforcement, depending on where the maltreatment occurred and whether or not criminal activity is suspected.
Do not use email in an emergency situation when making a vulnerable adult report.
About adult protection
A vulnerable adult is any person, 18 or older, who receives services from a licensed healthcare facility or home care or personal care assistance provider in Minnesota, or who requires assistance to provide for his or her own care. This person is also unable or unlikely to report maltreatment because of a physical or mental limitation.
Supported decision making / guardian & conservator
Chemical dependency services include chemical use assessments and recommendations, as well as referrals for detoxification, treatment, and other recovery support programs.
Chemical Use Assessments:
Chemical use assessments consist of an interview with an assessor who will then make recommendations. To schedule a chemical use assessment, also known as a rule 25 assessment, contact Heather Larson at 218-634-2642. Individuals must be a resident of Lake of the Woods County. There is a $125 fee for this service, however this fee may be billed to your health insurance or waived if income requirements are met. Please have your health insurance information when scheduling.
Local Support Group Meetings:
Sunday 7pm: Government Center Commissioner’s Room
Monday 6pm: Congregational Church
Tuesday 7pm: Cornerstone Church
Tuesday 7pm: Evangelical Covenant Church
Thursday 6pm: Congregational Church
Friday 7pm: Cornerstone Church
Monday 8pm:St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Online Support Resources:
Local Detoxification Services:
Northland Recovery: Grand Rapids, MN 218-327-1026
Pine Manor: Nevis, MN 218-732-4337
Range Mental Health Center: Virginia, MN 1-800-450-7826
Local Outpatient Treatment:
Rainy River Recovery: International Falls, MN 218-285-7029
Riverview Recovery: Roseau, MN 218-463-3447
Nystrom & Associates: Online
Nystrom & Associates: nystromcounseling.com or 1-844-697-8766
Nystrom & Associates registration paperwork is available here:
Driving with Care Education Class: Nystrom & Associates Driving With Care: nystromcounseling.com or 1-844-697-8766
MADD Victim Impact Panel: MADD Victim Impact Panel: madd.org/local-offices/mn/
Services for seniors
Our services help seniors who reside in Lake of the Woods County live as independently as possible. We work to make sure seniors and their families know the resources available to help them from the county, state and federal government.
We offer assistance through phone consultations, in-person service assessments, and support planning. For individuals accessing certain community based programs, case management support may also be provided.
The elderly waiver funds home and community-based services for people age 65 and older who are eligible for medical assistance, if they require the level of care provided in a nursing home but choose to reside in the community.
The alternative care program supports certain home and community-based services for eligible Minnesotans, age 65 and older. This cost-sharing program provides home and community-based services to help seniors delay and prevent the transition from care in their homes to nursing facility level of care.
The program shares the cost of care with seniors and helps them to make best use of the resources they have. The end goal is to prevent seniors from falling into poverty.
Request a MnCHOICES assessment to see if this program is right for you.
Essential community supports
Essential Community Supports are community-based services for people who do not meet nursing facility level of care (NF LOC) criteria and who meet financial eligibility criteria for the Alternative Care Program.
The Essential Community Supports program may be available to you if you need services to live in the community and meet certain eligibility rules. It is designed for people who do not need the level of care provided in a nursing home. You may qualify for up to $424 a month for services and supports.
Request a MnCHOICES assessment to learn if this program is right for you
Relocation service coordination
Relocation service coordination (RSC) is a type of case management to help people who want to move out of certain institutions into the community. RSC helps people plan and arrange for the services and supports they need to live in the community.
SOCIAL SERVICES INFORMATION
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The Social Services Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. To file a child protection report after hours, call Law Enforcement at 218-634-1143 or our after hours children’s emergency response number at 218-395-0177. We accept collect calls before 4:30 pm.