A to Z

  1. Adult and disability services

    Adult and disability social services serves persons, of any age, who have significant barriers to safety, independence and well-being to facilitate timely access to services, resources and supports in order that they might live the life they choose.

    1. Adult protective services

      Emergency reports and adult protection.

    2. Civil commitment

      This page contains information regarding civil commitment.

    3. Health plan care coordination

      South Country Health Alliance (SCHA) is a county based health plan. It is considered a managed care organization. Through our delegation agreement with South Country Health Alliance, MNPrairie provides care coordination services to SCHA members enrolled in the following programs: Minnesota Senior Care Plus, Senior Care Complete (MSHO), Single Care (SNBC), Ability Care.

    4. Mental health

      Adult mental health (AMH) services for MNPrairie are provided through contracts with private agencies, where a wide variety of services can be obtained. We can provide connections to services and resources, in the county and in the community that will put you on a path to live a full and meaningful life.

    5. MnCHOICES

      MnCHOICES is a person-centered assessment to help people with long-term or chronic-care needs make care decisions and select support and service options.

    6. Resources

      South Country Health Alliance; South Central Human Relations Center; MinnesotaHelp.info; Minnesota Board on Aging; Centers for Independent Living; Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living; Smiles Center for independent living; ARC of Southwest and Southeast Minnesota; Disability Linkage Line; Senior Linkage Line; Veteran's Linkage Line, SEMCIL,

    7. Services for seniors

      Our services help seniors who reside in Steele County live as independently as possible. We work to make sure seniors and their families know the resources available to them from the county, state, and federal government. If you live in Dodge or Waseca Counties please contact your Public Health department to seek assistance.

    8. Services for people with disabilities

      Our services help people with disabilities live in their communities as independently as possible. MNPrairie can help with short-term service planning and ongoing case management. We can help people with disabilities and their families to get access to tools to help them live independently or get the help they need.

    9. Substance use

      Substance Use (SU) services are available to MNPrairie county residents who have problems with drug and/or alcohol abuse and meet the income guidelines, or have been referred by the court for services. Assessment services can be found within MNPrairie offices and also from a variety of healthcare and substance use provider agencies.

  2. Children and family social services

    Information regarding the children and family social services unit at MNPrairie.

    1. Adoption

      MNPrairie provides adoption case management and services to children who are under our jurisdiction. By this, we mean children who have become available for adoption because of a child protection process and are already in foster care.

    2. Child care licensing

      This page contains information regarding child care licensing at MNPrairie.

    3. Child protection reporting suspected abuse/neglect

      This page contains information regarding child protective services and reporting suspected abuse/neglect for MNPrairie.

    4. Child welfare services

      Child welfare services is a division of the children and family social services of MNPrairie.

    5. Finding a child care provider

      This page contains information regarding how to find a child care provider

    6. Foster care licensing

      This page contains information on foster care licensing for MNPrairie.

  3. Child support

    Provides an overview of the child support services offered through our agency.

    1. Apply for services

      Find out how to apply for child support services.

    2. Child support defined

      Overview of all that child support encompasses.

    3. Child support eligibility

      Determine if you are eligible for child support and whether or not you need to complete an application.

    4. Establishing paternity (legal fatherhood)

      Determine if you need to establish paternity and how to start the process of determining paternity.

    5. Custody and parenting time

      How is custody and parenting time determined.

    6. Determining child support amount

      Estimate child support payment amount using the online calculator.

    7. Changing an existing child support order

      Find instructions on how to change an existing child support order.

    8. Cost of living adjustment (COLA)

      Modification of child support is completed every two years to adjust for cost of living.

    9. Spousal maintenance

      Describes MNPrairie's spousal maintenance services.

    10. Income withholding

      Find out how support is withheld through an employer.

    11. Receiving your support payment

      Describes the process of how a person would receive their support payments.

    12. Making a child support payment

      Determine the methods available for making your child support payments.

    13. If child support payments are not made

      Determine what will happen if child support payments are not made for any reason.

    14. Medical reimbursement

      Determine when medical reimbursement is ordered and how to apply for medical reimbursement.

    15. Child care support

      Determine how to receive child care support benefits.

    16. Emancipation

      Determine how emancipation works and how it affects your child support payment.

    17. Closing your child support case

      Determine how or why your child support may close.

    18. Other states

      Determine what happens to child support when a parent lives in another state.

    19. Working with us

      We are here to serve both parents for the benefit of the children. To do this, we need to work together.

    20. Services we cannot provide

      MNPrarie cannot provide the services listed here.

    21. Related pages

      Links to helpful pages.

  4. Crisis services

    This page contains information and links to those who may be in crisis or helping someone in crisis.

  5. Directory of services

    This page directs you to the A to Z listing of services MNPrairie offers.

    1. Adult and disability services

      Adult and disability social services serves persons, of any age, who have significant barriers to safety, independence and well-being to facilitate timely access to services, resources and supports in order that they might live the life they choose.

    2. Children and family social services

      Information regarding the children and family social services unit at MNPrairie.

    3. Child support

      Provides an overview of the child support services offered through our agency.

    4. Crisis services

      This page contains information and links to those who may be in crisis or helping someone in crisis.

    5. Directory of services

      This page directs you to the A to Z listing of services MNPrairie offers.

    6. Health care coverage

      Describes the process for applying for health care coverage.

    7. Income and food assistance

      Burial assistance; Cash assistance; Child care assistance; Emergency assistance; Food assistance, Services for seniors.

    8. Our organization

      MNPrairie is a human services organization that combines the personal touch of a smaller agency with the resources and efficiency of a larger one to be better stewards of public money and better purveyors of safety, health and well-being.

    9. Resources

      Find resources in our communities.

    10. Safety

      Find safety resources in our communities.

  6. Health care coverage

    Describes the process for applying for health care coverage.

    1. Health care assistance

      Health care assistance programs available: Medical Assistance; Medicare Savings Programs (Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries, Service Limited Medical Beneficiaries, Qualified Individuals); MinnesotaCare, long-term care and housing support. Apply for healthcare coverage through the MNsure website.

    2. How to apply for coverage

      Describes the process for applying for health care coverage.

    3. Right to appeal

      Describes the process to appeal a decision made on your case.

  7. Income and food assistance

    Burial assistance; Cash assistance; Child care assistance; Emergency assistance; Food assistance, Services for seniors.

    1. Burial assistance

      When families need help arranging their loved ones' final resting place, MNPrairie can help. The Burial Assistance Program can assist with final expenses when families don't have the resources to do so themselves. MNPrairie workers will help you assess your eligibility for burial and other related expenses.

    2. Cash assistance

      MNPrairie offers a number of programs to supplement families' and individuals' incomes. The type of assistance people receive depends on their life circumstances, family size and type, and other factors. We can help you find the program that works best for you.

    3. Child care assistance (CCAP)

      The child care assistance program helps families pay for child care so parents can work, look for a job or attend school. The program is available for children younger than 13 and for children with special needs who are younger than 15.

    4. Emergency assistance

      When low-income households are in a financial crisis and are at risk of losing their housing or are up for disconnection or already disconnected from utilities service providers, the MNPrairie Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) may be able to help by providing short-term financial assistance.

    5. Food assistance

      The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people with low income to buy the food they need for sound nutrition and well-balanced meals. The program issues benefits electronically on a card that is used to buy food at local stores.

    6. Right to appeal

      Describes the process for appealing a determination you do not agree with.

  8. Our organization

    MNPrairie is a human services organization that combines the personal touch of a smaller agency with the resources and efficiency of a larger one to be better stewards of public money and better purveyors of safety, health and well-being.

    1. Governance

      Here you can find the Joint Powers Board agendas and minutes, committees, membership, meeting schedule, and Joint Powers agreement.

    2. History

      This page contains information regarding how MNPrairie was formed, governance structure, joint powers board (and subcommittees), and budgets.

    3. Finance

      This page contains the financial information for MNPrairie.

  9. Resources

    Find resources in our communities.

  10. Safety

    Find safety resources in our communities.