Social Services


The Clay County Social Services Department administers an array of services as established by local, state, and federal law that promotes the protection, support, and rehabilitation of families and individuals.


Clay County Social Services Department works in partnership with public and private agencies to help individuals and families be safe, independent and successful. The department determines eligibility, provides services, and makes referrals for an array of service needs.

Individuals and families who need assistance in any of the following service areas are encouraged to contact our department:

  • Adoption
  • Adult/Aging Services
  • Adult Abuse or Neglect
  • Child Abuse or Neglect
  • Child Care
  • Child Support
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Financial Assistance
  • Food Support
  • Medical Assistance (Health Care)
  • Mental Health
    • 24 hour Mobile Mental Health Crisis Response
    • 24 hour Help Line
      • Call 2-1-1 (211) or 701-235-7335 (SEEK)
    • 24 hour Suicide Lifeline 
      • Call 988
    • 24 hour Crisis Text Line
      • text "MN" to 741741
    • Minnesota Warm Line - Peer to Peer Mental Health Support
      • Monday - Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
      • call 1-651-288-0400 or toll free 877-404-3190
      • text "Support" to 85511
    • 9-1-1 (911) for imminent danger
  • Substance Abuse
  • Welfare Fraud


Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Clay County Social Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Clay County has adopted the Minnesota Merit Systems Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) Guidelines.

Civil Rights

Clay County Social Services is committed to provide all services, financial aid, and other benefits to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, political beliefs, and disability. Clay County is responsible to developing procedures that resolve service delivery discrimination complaints. Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits recipients of federal dollars from denying people with limited English access to services.