Social Services

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer County services for families and children are making a positive difference. “Because of the new school-based mental health programs, there is a definite improvement from where it was five years ago,” Social Services Supervisor Melanie Erickson told the County Board, March 3. “We are, as child protection, recognizing the need. [...]

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by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer The Morrison County Board approved the addition of a position in the adult services area of the Social Services Department due to increased workload. Funding for the position would not come from county funds. “We anticipated this in the 2014 budget,” said Social Services Director Brad Vold. “We would like [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer St. Gabriel’s Hospital is required to conduct a comprehensive health needs assessment of the county every three years. In partnership with Morrison County’s Public Health and Social Services departments, a survey was completed in 2012. “We sent 800 surveys to homes in the county,” said Pat Rioux, communications manager for [...]

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by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer County Board Chair Duane Johnson conveyed to Social Services Department Director Brad Vold commendation for a job well done, contained in a letter sent by Lucinda Jesson, Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) commissioner. In reading Jesson’s letter aloud at the County Board meeting Tuesday, Johnson said, “It is my [...]

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by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer     Social Services Supervisor Melanie Erickson told the County Board about improvements that have been made in keeping or returning children to their families rather than placing them in foster care or adoption. Nearly 20 years ago when Erickson came to the department, mostly teenagers were being placed. “Now, [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer Dial-a-Ride transportation service offered in the city of Little Falls will be changed beginning Thursday, Nov. 1. MorrTrans, which has provided unlimited Dial-a-Ride bus service throughout the entire city limits of Little Falls, will be dividing into two different service areas. In order to provide better service for the highest number [...]

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