ApplyMN is Minnesota's secure, online system you can use to apply for health care, cash assistance, SNAP (food support), emergency help, and child care assistance programs.
To get started, visit Minnesota Human Services Online to use an online pre-screening tool find out if you might qualify for benefits and to register for a user ID and password.
If you already have a user ID and password, you can log-on to ApplyMN directly.
You may also complete a paper application.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C., 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM/SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)
The Food Stamp program began operations in the United
States in 1939. Today's program is, for the most part, based
on the Food Stamps Act of 1977. The goal of the program is to
assist low-income persons and families to purchase food and
better meet their nutritional needs. The program is not
intended to supply all of a person's or family's food
needs--instead it supplements those needs while the person or
family makes efforts to become self-supporting.
Funding and Operations
The United States Department of Agriculture, Food and
Nutrition Service, provides states with the funding needed and
the policies governing the Food Stamp program. Minnesota's
Department of Human Services supervises the program on a state
level, clarifies policies, reviews county performance, and
distributes monthly benefits. In accordance with state and
federal directives, county human service agencies accept
client applications, determine eligibility, and determine
monthly benefit levels. The Food Stamp program is available in
all 87 Minnesota counties.
Monthly benefit levels are based on income and
the number of persons in the household. Usually, if the
household's net income is at or below 130 percent of federal
poverty guidelines, the household will qualify for Food Stamp
assistance. Also, if the applicant or others in the household
qualify for the Statewide Minnesota Family Investment Program
(MFIP), General Assistance (GA), or the Supplemental Security
Income (SSI) program, the household will also qualify for Food
Stamp assistance. Certain food stamp recipients must
participate in the Food Stamp Employment and Training
In the past, monthly benefits were issued in the form of
Food Stamp coupons. Program recipients then redeemed the
coupons for food items at various grocery and convenience
stores. Today, monthly benefits are provided through
Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards that work much like a
debit card. At the beginning of the month, the recipient's EBT
account is credited with the amount of benefits the person is
eligible for. During the month, the person uses the card to
purchase food, and the purchase price is deducted from the
monthly account balance. Minnesota now provides benefits
through an EBT system in all 87 counties.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefts, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (voice), (800) 877-8339 (TTY) or (866) 377-8642 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Coordination With MFIP
Families who receive benefits from the Minnesota Family
Investment Program (MFIP) will have their food assistance
needs met through MFIP rather than through the traditional
Food Stamp program. Other adults and families that do not
receive MFIP benefits will have their food assistance needs
met through the traditional Food Stamp program.
MINNESOTA FAMILY INVESTMENT
Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) provides a monthly cash payment to help supplement a family's income.
MFIP brings employers’ needs for workers and the needs of people on welfare for work together.
By working closely together, employers, schools and government can ready people on welfare for existing jobs, help those now in the workforce gain new skills and prepare future workers for tomorrow’s jobs.
Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) eligibility is: All caregivers must develop an employment plan or family stabilization plan immediately; parents who don’t work or follow through to support their families have their assistance reduced first by 10 percent for one month, then 30 percent for five months, and then assistance is cancelled after the sixth month (Those facing the 30 percent penalty have their rent paid directly to their landlord.); there is a 60-month lifetime limit on assistance unless the family meets a hardship extension category; all caregivers must participate in employment services or family stabilization services except a caregiver with a natural born child less than 12 weeks of age (exception only allowed once in caregiver's lifetime) ; the 60-month time limit can be waived for victims of family violence who comply with an alternative employment plan that ensures the safety of the caregiver and children.
MINNESOTA SUPPLEMENTAL AID (MSA)
Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) is a state funded
program that provides a monthly cash supplement to persons who
are aged, blind, or 18 years of age or older and disabled who
also receive federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
benefits. Some recipients receive MSA and do not receive SSI
benefits because their income is too high. The MSA program is
administered by county human services agencies.
MSA is available to Minnesota residents
recipients of SSI, or
• are eligible
for SSI except for excess income and whose net income is less
than the MSA standards.
To receive MSA benefits, a person
• age 65
or older, or
blind or have severely impaired vision, or
according to the criteria used for Retirement and Survivors
Disability Insurance (RSDI) and SSI and be between the ages of
18 and 65. Disability for non-SSI recipients is determined by
the State Medical Review Team.
THE GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The General Assistance Program serves as Minnesota's
primary safety net for single adults and childless couples who
are unable to provide for themselves. The program provides
monthly cash grants for persons whose income and resources are
less than program limits. Recipients are also usually eligible
for help with medical costs through the Medical Assistance (MA)
Program participants must fit at least one of the 21
categories of eligibility specified in state statutes.
Eligibility categories are primarily defined in terms of
inability to work and disability. Applicants and recipients
are generally required to apply for benefits from federally
funded disability programs for which they may qualify. In
addition, the person or couple must have income and resources
less than program limits.
MINNESOTA'S MEDICAL ASSISTANCE (MA)
Medical Assistance (MA) — Minnesota’s Medicaid program —
is the largest of the state’s three health care programs. MA
is a joint federally/state-funded program which provides
necessary medical services for low-income families, children,
pregnant women, and people who are elderly (65 or older) or
The federal Health Care Financing
Administration (HCFA) administers Medicaid nationwide,
providing funding, approving state plans, and ensuring
compliance with federal regulations. In Minnesota, the
Department of Human Services (DHS) oversees the Medicaid
(Medical Assistance) program, administered locally by
counties. Medicaid is the largest single source of federal
funding in Minnesota’s budget. DHS translates federal Medicaid
law and policy into state MA rule and policy, and makes
recommendations and advises the Legislature about state laws
relating to the program.
Who’s eligible for MA?
Families, children and pregnant women, with varying
incomes, depending on a variety of factors.
People who are
disabled or blind, at certain incomes
Elderly people at
MinnesotaCare is a health care program that is administered by the Department of Human Services and 47 of Minnesota's 87 counties. MinnesotaCare is available for people who do not have health insurance. A monthly premium is required based upon family size, income and number of family members covered.
Minnesota residents who do not have access to affordable health insurance. To qualify, you must: - Have a Social Security number or be willing to apply for one - Live in Minnesota. - If you are an adult and do not have children living with you, or if your children are over age 21, you must have lived in Minnesota for six months. - Be a U.S. citizen or non-citizen lawfully residing in the U.S. - Not have other health insurance now or have had health insurance (including Medicare), for at least four months except for Medical Assistance enrollees whose health insurance premium was paid for by Medical Assistance. - Not be able to get health insurance through an employer who offers to pay at least half the monthly cost. Some children may be eligible if they have health insurance. A MinnesotaCare enrollment representative will review your application and tell you if your insured children qualify. What are the income limits? Income limits vary depending on family size. Are there asset limits? - There is no asset limit for pregnant women and children under 21 - For all others, the asset limit is $10,000 for a family of one and $20,000 for a family of two or more The most commonly counted assets include: - Cash - Savings accounts - Checking accounts - Certificates of deposit - Stocks and bonds - Motor vehicles not used for employment purposes - Recreational vehicles such as 4-wheelers, snowmobiles, boats/motors/trailers and campers - Land or houses you do not live on or in - Amount of capital and operating assets of a trade or business that exceed $200,000 Assets that are not counted include: - The home you live in - Household and personal goods such as clothing, jewelry, furniture, appliance and tools and equipment used in the home - Motor vehicles used for employment purposes - Individually owned pension and retirement funds - There may be other assets that your family owns that may be counted or excluded.
NACo Prescription Discount Card
The NACo Prescription Discount Card Program is a free program for County residents to receive an average of 24% savings on their prescriptions. Everyone is elligible for the card. There are no age or income restrictions. The card can be used by the uninsured, underinsured, seniors and even pets! One card can cover the entire family! Nine out of 10 pharmacies accept the card out of a network of more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide.
Simply present your card at a participating retail pharmacy and start saving! You and your family may use your card any time your prescription is not covered by insurance. There are no restrictions or limits on how many times you may use your card.
Visit www.caremark.com/naco to look up a participating pharmacy, get a price estimate for your prescription, or check drug interactions. You can even print your prescription discount card online for instant savings! For more information call toll free 1-877-321-2652.
A prescription discount card is NOT insurance. Rather, it is a simple way to save money on prescriptions not covered by insurance.
For more info visit: www.naco.org
FRAUD PREVENTION PROGRAM
Fraud Prevention is a program that was developed to resolve issues in cases that meet criteria of potential fraud. Resolving these discrepancies maintains program integrity and results in a savings to the taxpayers in program costs and ensures that funds are available to those who really need assistance. Marshall County usually receives allegations of welfare fraud either from case workers who regularly work with recipients of public assistance or from the general public. If the investigation finds the violation was intentional, the case is referred for administrative process or for criminal prosecution.
The Adult Protection program investigates allegations of
elderly neglect and abuse. Vulnerable adult investigations are
completed in conjunction with law enforcement agencies, and
ongoing adult protection services are provided if
To report suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults, please contact the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center.
Elderly & Disability Waivered Services
The waiver program provides
assessments for home care services for senior citizens and
disabled adults. Programs available are Elderly Waiver (EW),
Alternative Care (AC), Community Alternatives for Disabled
Individuals (CADI), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Waivers.
If the assessment indicates that the person is eligible for
these programs, case management to coordinate services will be
provided. These programs are intended to promote community
living and independence by providing the appropriate health
care, home care, and support services based on individual
Nursing Home Pre-admission
Pre-admission screening is a service provided to
assist persons considering nursing home placement, aid in
discharge planning, and recommend alternative services as
The Developmental Disabilities program provides assessment
and services to disabled persons in Marshall County. The
intent of the program is to strengthen the disabled person's
self-reliance and provide community support services while
protecting clients from abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
Services available include case management, Semi-Independent
Living Services (SILS), respite care, supported employment,
guardianship, and referrals for other necessary
Adult Mental Health
The Adult Mental Health program assists clients with
mental illness by providing services including case
management, referrals to community mental health and outreach
programs, day treatment programs, and coordination with
residential treatment facilities. The Adult Mental Health
program also provides pre-screenings for judicial commitment
when a petitioner comes forward who is willing to testify
about a family member or loved one who is in imminent danger
of harm to self or others due to mental health and/or chemical
Marshall County Social Services provides Rule 25
assessment services to residents of Marshall County who have
been court ordered to complete the assessment.
and case management services are also provided to clients
seeking treatment for chemical dependency who also meet
certain income guidelines, or who receive Medical Assistance
(MA or GAMC).
Child Care Licensing
The ChildCare Licensing program provides assistance to
Marshall County residents 18 years of age and older wishing to
become licensed to provide child care in their home. The
licensing process includes fire and safety inspections of the
home, a criminal background study, and the discussion of State
licensing guidelines and standards.
Child Foster Care Licensing
Foster parents provide a stable and loving home for
children who are in need of temporary care. The licensing
social worker assists the prospective foster parents by
coordinating the licensing process, which includes a criminal
background study, home safety and fire checks, and letters of
Adult Foster Care Licensing
Marshall County Social Services assists clients who wish
to provide Foster Care services to adults in the community. A
licensing social worker provides coordination services to
prospective Foster Caregivers. The licensing process includes
a criminal background study, home safety and fire checks, and
letters of reference.
Marshall County Social Services provides adoptive
placement services to children who are in need of adoptive
homes through the use of the State Adoption Exchange.
Family Preservation Services-- In-home services
to prevent out of home placement or to help facilitate the
safe return of the child(ren) to the parent(s). Services are
provided to families who are at high risk of entering the
child protection system and to families who are presently in
the system due to substantiated maltreatment.
Placement--Out of home placement of children for the
protection from abuse or neglect, for treatment of emotional
disorders or chemical dependency or placement due to
delinquent acts committed by a juvenile.
Child Protective Services
The Child Protection unit investigates allegations of
child abuse including physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect,
and educational neglect. The unit coordinates with the law
enforcement center as well as community professionals and
para-professionals to determine if the child was abused or
neglected by an action, or failure to act on the part of a
caregiver or other person. The results of the assessment will
determine whether child protective services are
Child Welfare Case Management
Social workers assist families to develop case plans,
which reduce the risk of abuse or neglect of children. These
services are provided to families who have requested them, or
have been referred by other agencies to participate in
services that may improve family functioning. These services
include in-home counseling, parent education, respite day care
or foster care, minor parent assessments, and SELF (Support
for Emancipation and Living Functionally).
Children's Mental Health
The Children's Mental Health program provides case
management services to children experiencing emotional
disturbances and their families. These services include
coordinating counseling, in-patient treatment, out-of-home
placement, respite, and family community support services,
Child Care Assistance
The ChildCare Assistance program provides funding to help
families pay for child care while they are at work or
attending school. There are various programs within the
ChildCare Assistance program to assist a variety of clients.
These programs include Basic Sliding Fee, which provides a
childcare subsidy for low income working families; MFIP
(Minnesota Family Investment Program) which provides child
care subsidies to assist financial assistance recipients
return to work, and Transition Year, which provides one year
of subsidy for clients who have left the MFIP program due to
Establishing and enforcing court orders for child support, medical support, and child care support.
Adjusting court orders based on the cost-of-living index.
Working with other states to enforce support when one parent does not live in Minnesota.
Collecting and processing payments.
Either parent of a child may get certain support services.
Parents who do not receive public assistance can apply for services at their county child support office. They are charged a one-time $25 fee.
Parents who receive public assistance for a child whose other parent does not live with them are automatically referred for services. They do not pay any fee.
SERVICES NOT AVAILABLE (We cannot help with)
Legal separation and divorce.
Visitation and custody.
We cannot answer legal questions about custody and visitation.
Spousal maintenance (alimony) establishment or enforcement.
Collection of unpaid bills, property settlements, or other debts not related to support obligations.
Legal advice or counsel.
You may wish to consult an attorney for assistance with the above issues.
For more detail information call the Minnesota Department of Human Services Interactive Voice Response case and payment information line at:
(651)215-5630 (Twin Cities area)
1(800) 657-3512 (outside Twin Cities calling area).