SW Dakota Human Services

Southwest Dakota Human Services Zone

The Southwest Dakota Human Service Zone was previously Adams County, Bowman County, and Slope County Social Services. These County Social Service offices have joined together to work as one entity to provide quality, effective, and efficient services to the citizens of Adams County, Bowman County, and Slope County to promote self-sufficiency, safety, and well-being.  The board monthly meetings are held generally on the third or fourth Wednesday of each month beginning at 8:00 AM. See the Meeting Calendar for upcoming meeting date and place.

The mission of Southwest Dakota Human Services Zone is to provide tools and services, as directed by public policies, to individuals and families to promote self-sufficiency and safety.

Southwest Dakota Human Service Zone makes available all services and assistance without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, political beliefs, disability, or status with respect to marriage or public assistance, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the North Dakota Human Rights Act of 1983.

Income Maintenance Unit - Financial Assistance

» Application for Temporary Assistance Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Health Care Coverage


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Provides a financial grant to eligible families in which a child is deprived of parental support due to absence, death or disability/incapacity. The purpose of the program is to ensure a safety net while providing an array of services directed at promoting self-sufficiency. Cooperation with Child Support Enforcement in establishing paternity and support orders is required, and eligible caretakers must also participate in the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) program to obtain work readiness skills, training and employment. Benefits are issued through an Electronic Payment Debit Card.
» View Brochure
» Guidebook


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)
The Food Assistance program helps individuals and families with little or no income to buy food. This program expands your ability to eat a variety of foods. Monthly benefits are based on family size, income and shelter costs.
» Online Application
» View Brochure
» Childcare Assistance Brochure
» Guidebook


Health Care Coverage
This program provides benefits to assist with medical costs for low-income individuals and families. Eligibility is based on income, assets and qualifying as a member of a covered group. Health Care Coverage includes Medicaid, Healthy Steps (Children’s Health Insurance Program), and Aid to the Blind. These programs may provide assistance to children and families, pregnant women, and recipients of SSI or Social Security Disability benefits. Health Care Coverage also includes Transitional and Extended Medicaid benefits, Medicare Savings Programs, Workers with Disabilities and Children with Disabilities Programs as well as aged individuals.
» Medicaid Brochure
» Healthcare Coverage Application
» Guidebook


Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Also referred to as Fuel Assistance, this program provides benefits to low-income individuals and families to assist with the payment of heating costs. The program is available October through May of each year. Seasonal benefits are based on household size, income, assets, housing type and size, and fuel used to heat the dwelling.
» Application
» Brochure


Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

Provides assistance to low-income families to help meet their child care costs. Most families are responsible for paying a share of the cost based on income and family size.
» Application
» Child Care Brochure
» Relative Provider Application

Community Services Unit - Adult and Family Services

Aging Services


Home and Community Based Services
In-home services are funded for the purpose of maximizing independent living for individuals choosing such services in lieu of long term care in a nursing facility. Services are funded by the Special Payments for the Elderly and Disabled (SPED) Program, Expanded SPED Program, or the Medicaid Waiver.


Case Management
The provision of specialized assistance based on the findings of a comprehensive assessment for the individual desiring help in selecting and obtaining services and coordinating the delivery of services.


Adult Family Foster Care & Licensing
Provides 24-hour foster care in a family setting to an adult who is determined to be unable to function independently by having been screened for skilled or intermediate long term care. The care is provided in a licensed private home.


Family Home Care
Payments are available to adult family members for the care of an eligible elderly or disabled individual as an alternative to nursing home care.


Homemaker Services
The provision of non-personal care tasks such as housekeeping and laundry, which enables the individual to maintain or develop the independence needed to remain in their own home.


Respite Care
Provides temporary relief to the individual’s primary caregiver for a specified period of time. The caregiver is relieved of the stresses and demands associated with providing continuous daily care.


Children’s Special Health Services
The provision of medical assistance to children under the age of 21 years who have a qualifying medical condition and who meet family income guidelines.


Health Tracks
Provides a comprehensive health screening for children eligible for Medicaid. Needed follow-up care is identified and assistance provided with scheduling medical appointments.


Child/Day Care Licensing and Registration
Provides licensing to individuals and group care facilities in accordance with North Dakota Century Code and North Dakota Administrative Code.

Child Protection and Family Services

Parent Aide Services
The provision of paraprofessional services to families, providing education and support to meet predetermined goals and prevent out-of-home child foster care placement. Services are provided as a component of Family Preservation Services in North Dakota.


Safety and Permanency Funds
A financial resource available to assist with the cost of necessities to prevent out-of-home foster care placement of a child or to promote reunification to the family.


Child Placement Services (Foster Care)
Juvenile court-ordered placement of children between the ages of birth and 18 years of age outside the parental home until a permanent plan is developed.


Foster Care
A program whereby payment for room, board, supervision, clothing and personal needs can be made for children who cannot live with relatives, but reside in a licensed foster home or residential facility.


Foster Home Licensing
The recruitment, assessment, and training of adult individuals or couples to provide substitute care to a minor child under the order of the court.


Crossroads Program
Provides payment of child care to licensed child care providers for an unmarried minor parent to enable them to complete their high school education.


Subsidized Adoption
The provision of a grant and/or medical assistance to families who adopt a child or children with special needs.


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PHONE: (701) 523-3285

SW Human Services Zone

104 1st St NW, Suite 8
Bowman ND 58623


Monday – Thursday:
7:30am – 12:00pm MT
12:30pm – 4:30pm MT

7:30am – 12:00pm MT
(Closed on Legal Holidays)