Human Services

The Freeborn County Department of Human Services is committed to continued service in order to meet the needs of the people of Freeborn County during this time.  We continue to provide all services through means of telephone and video calls whenever appropriate.


Effective May 18th, our offices will be open to the public from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Freeborn County Department of Human Services & Freeborn County Mental Health Center are providers of health care services. Please plan to wear a mask while meeting with your worker. Please stay home if you are sick. Masks are highly encouraged throughout the building for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.   

 

Appointments are encouraged, as most services are still being done through remote means due to Covid-19 response program guidance and modifications from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

 

Please call your worker directly or you may call our office at 507-377-5400 if you have questions about your financial, child support, or social services case.


Minnesota Housing News

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 renthelpmn.org or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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


Safety and Protection:


To make a Child Protection Report, please call 507-377-5400 and ask to speak with Child Protection Intake. 

To make an Adult Protection Report, please call: 1-844-880-1574

Crime Victims Crisis Center: Call 507-377-5460


Mental Health Center:


Many services provided through the Freeborn County Mental Health Center are still being provided through telehealth.  

While individuals are able to utilize therapy, psychiatric, and chemical health services through telehealth during this time, you should contact your provider or worker if you feel you need a face-to-face appointment.   

To speak with someone in our Mental Health Center, please contact our office at 507-377-5400.

To speak with someone about chemical health services, please contact our office at 507-377-5400. 


Additional Support, Information, and Resources:


EMERGENCY: 911

South Central Warm Line / Crisis Line: 1-877-399-3040 www.sccbi.info

National Alliance for Mental Health: 1-888-626-4435 www.namimn.org

Peer Support Connection Warmline
Peer-to-peer telephone support that’s safe and supportive

Call or text 844-739-6369 between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m.

The National Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

CRISIS (274747) from a cell phone to talk to professionals who can help.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline: Call 833-600-2670
A service of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture https://www.mda.state.mn.us/about/mnfarmerstress


Coping with COVID: https://mn.gov/dhs/crisis/

An online resource developed by Minnesota DHS


Tools 2 Thrive: https://www.mhanational.org/mental-health-month 

This website focuses on resources to reduce stress and anxiety.


Economic Assistance:


To apply for CASH, FOOD, EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE or CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE, please visit: https://applymn.dhs.mn.gov

The Department of Human Services has been encouraging people experiencing hunger to find out if they are eligible for SNAP. Information about SNAP and other hunger resources is collected on the DHS food emergency webpage. Food help is also available through the Minnesota Food HelpLine, 1-888-711-1151 or www.mnfoodhelpline.org. Freeborn County Department of Human Services continues to accept and process applications during the Federal Public Health and State Peacetime Emergency.


To apply for Health Care, please visit: https://www.mnsure.org/ or by calling 855-366-7873.

*If you are someone who is elderly, disabled or in a nursing home, you or someone authorized to act on your behalf should call the office at 507-377-5400 so a health care application can be mailed to you.


Verifications and documents for eligibility purposes can be dropped off in the DROP BOX outside of the Freeborn County Department of Human Services or sent as an email attachment to: IM.DHS@co.freeborn.mn.us


Mission Statement



The mission of Freeborn County Department of Human Services is to meet basic needs, promote self-sufficiency, assist and protect vulnerable persons and preserve families through the efficient and cost effective delivery of both statutorily required and other services authorized by the Agency Board.