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ADULT SERVICES

ADULT SERVICES

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.

Becoming Licensed

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:

joanna_o@co.lotw.mn.us

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 

Resources:

Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota

Minnesota Foster Care Association

National Foster Parent Association

“It is perfectly okay to admit you are not okay”-Author Unknown

Mental Health services include intervention, maintenance and support of mentally ill persons. A social worker can provide services to an adult with a serious and persistent mental illness. If eligible, services may include:

  • Information and referral
  • Case Management

Local Crisis Information

For crisis assistance and referrals to crisis facilities contact our crisis numbers.
Adults: 1-800-422-0045

  • Can assist during an adult mental health crisis
  • May come directly to the home/facility
  • Can assist with resource connections, such as mental health hospitalizations, stabilization services and ongoing support
  • Staffed 24/7 by local social service agency

Children: 218-395-0177

  • Can assist during an adult mental health crisis
  • May come directly to the home/facility
  • Can assist with resource connections, such as mental health hospitalizations, stabilization services and ongoing support
  • Staffed 24/7 by local social service agency

Familial Help

Social Services can assist families parenting difficulties or child behavioral issues, minor parents, and families with emotionally disturbed children. Depending on eligibility and availability, services may include:

  • Case management
  • In-home family/parenting support and guidance
  • Information and referral

Local Resources/Services Outside of Social Services
Psychiatry – A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in taking care of your mental health. Psychiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders. They can prescribe medications and run medical tests.

  • Provider(s):
    • Schackman Kramer & Associates. Appointment Location: Lake of the Woods County Social Services. To make an appointment call: 218-751-0887.
    • Dr. Mark Tsibulsky with Sanford Behavioral Health Thief River Falls, MN. This service is provided via telemedicine through CHI Lakewood Health located at 600 Main Ave South Baudette, MN. To make initial appointment/referral please call the Sanford BH office in TRF, MN at 218-681-4240.

Counseling/Psychology – If you’re struggling with life’s stressors and in need of care, meet with a counselor/psychologist regarding your mental, emotional, and behavioral health. These professionals diagnose and treat mental health conditions without medication. They use psychotherapy to teach you skills that help you cope with your mental health.

Provider(s):

  • CHI Lakewood Behavioral Health located at 600 Main Avenue South Baudette, MN. Call 218-634-3491 to schedule an appointment
  • Lifecare Behavioral Health located at 715 Delmore Drive Roseau, MN Call 218-
    463-4732
  • Northland Counseling located at 900 5th St. #305 International Falls, MN. Call 218-283-3406 to schedule an appointment.

Community Based Services- Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS)/Community Support Program Services (CSP)

Designed to assist individuals whose abilities are impaired by the symptoms of their mental health disorder, these rehabilitative services enable the recipient to develop and enhance psychiatric stability by:

  • Building basic living and social skills to allow the recipient to function more independently
  • Personal and emotional adjustment
  • Medication education
  • Assistance with transitioning to community living
  • Crisis assistance
  • Assistance in applying and obtaining community resources such as government benefits or housing support services

Provider(s): Sanford TRF Behavioral Health Services 218-683-4351

Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting

Minnesota has a new central system for reporting suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults:

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. 

Facts about the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center 

Supported decision making / guardian & conservator

WINGS- Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders

Volunteers of America 

Minnesota Association of Guardianship & Conservatorship

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:

Baudette:             

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   

Williams:         

Monday 8pm:St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 

Online Support Resources:

Alcoholics Anonymous: aa.org

Narcotics Anonymous: na.org

Smart Recovery: smartrecovery.org 

Local Detoxification Services: 

Northland Recovery:  Grand Rapids, MN 218-327-1026

Northland Recovery: northlandrecovery.com

Pine Manor:  Nevis, MN 218-732-4337

Range Mental Health Center: Virginia, MN 1-800-450-7826 

Range Mental Health Center: rangementalhealth.org/services#CHEMICALDEPENDENCY 

Local Outpatient Treatment:

Rainy River Recovery: International Falls, MN 218-285-7029                                   

Riverview Recovery: Roseau, MN  218-463-3447

Riverview Recovery: riverviewhealth.org/services/chemical-dependency

Nystrom & Associates: Online

Nystrom & Associates: nystromcounseling.com or 1-844-697-8766

Nystrom & Associates registration paperwork is available here:

Nystrom & Associates registration: nystromcounseling.com/forms/

Other Resources: 

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

Phone: 218.634.2642

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.

Elderly waiver

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.

Elderly Waiver program information

Elderly waiver fact sheet

Alternative care

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.

Alternative Care program information

Alternative Care fact sheet

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.

Essential Community Supports program information

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.

Relocation Service Coordination program information 

Moving Home Minnesota: Helping people move from institutions to community living

SOCIAL SERVICES INFORMATION

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SOCIAL SERVICES
DIRECTOR

Amy S. Ballard
206 8th Ave SE, Suite #200
amy_b@co.lotw.mn.us

PHONE: 634-2642
FAX: 634-4520

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HOURS

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.