Contact Person: Lynelle Fraser, Social Worker III
Case Management: A Licensed Social Worker (Case Manager) is provided by the County to assist clients in accessing Homemaker and Personal Care Services. The Case Manager visits the client’s home, conducts a comprehensive assessment of the client’s overall functioning to determine appropriate services for the client, and monitors the client’s condition and services.
Cost of Service: The cost of Homemaker, Personal Care Services, and Case Management Services varies with each person’s situation. Their liquid assets and monthly income, minus certain deductions, determine their fee, which is based on a sliding fee scale. For those clients who must pay a fee, Social Services sends a statement to them around the 10th of each month for the month that service were provided. There is no charge for the services of the Public Health Nurse in conjunction with supervising the In-Home Care Specialists in their provision of Personal Care Services.
Pembina County In-Home Care Specialists provide Homemaker and Personal Care services to enable elderly and disabled adults to remain in their own homes. These services are provided where no alternative services are available, if no relatives or friends are available, and if the help is needed on a regular basis, such as every other week, weekly, or up to three (3) times per week.
Pembina County In-Home Care Specialists provide assistance with the following household tasks:
- Light Housework: such as vacuuming, floor care, dusting, garbage removal, changing linens, etc.
- Laundry: washing, drying, folding, ironing, mending, and related work.
- Meal Preparation: planning, preparing, and serving the meal, as well as clean-up and dishwashing.
- Shopping: for essential needs, such as groceries.
- Money Management: assisting with budgeting and monthly bill-paying.
- Communication: using the telephone, reading, and sending mail.
Personal Care Services:
Pembina County In-Home Care Specialists are able to assist with the following personal care tasks:
- Bathing: bed, tub, shower, or bath.
- Hair Care: bed or sink shampoo, set and comb hair, shave.
- Teeth / Mouth / Denture Care
- Dress / Undress: assist client in getting properly dressed or undressed.
- Feeding / Eating: feeding a client who is unable to feed self, or assist client with routine regimen of eating.
- Toileting / Continence: assist with routine regimen for toileting and care associated with incontinence.
- Transfer in / out of bed or chair.
- Turning / positioning client in bed.
- Mobility (routine movement) inside home.
- Eye Care: routine regimen of non-prescription eye drops, ointment, or eye pad.
- Medication Assistance: limited to assisting client with self-administration of medications.
- Skin Care: application of creams and lotions; treatment of minor skin problems.
- Nail Care: routine finger nail care for homebound individuals (cannot cut toe nails).
- Application of Antiembolic Stockings and Ace Wrap.
- Care of Prosthetic, Orthotic, or Adaptive Device.
- Temperature, Pulse, Respiration, and Blood Pressure.
- Maintenance Exercises.
- Assist Congnitively Impaired Client.
- Other tasks that may be performed:
- Ostomy Care (general maintenance)
- Indwelling Bladder Catheter Care
- Water Bath / Heat (whirlpool, etc.)
- Postural / Bronchial Drainage
- Bowel Program (suppository)
Department of Human Services Toll Free Numbers:
- Main Switchboard: 1-800-472-2622
- Child Support 1-800-231-4255
- SNAP / LIHEAP 1-800-755-2716
- Medical Services 1-800-755-2604
- Aging Services 1-855-462-5465
- Children & Family Services 1-800-245-3736
- Children’s Special Health Services 1-800-755-2714
- Disability Services 1-800-755-8529
- Mental Health Services 1-800-755-2719
- Substance Abuse Services 1-800-642-6042
Other Helpful Toll Free Numbers:
- AIDS Hotline 1-800-472-2180
- Alzheimer’s Association 1-800-438-4380
- American Cancer Society 1-800-342-4535
- American Heart Association 1-800-532-8688
- Arthritis Foundation 1-800-437-5845
- Ask-A-Nurse (24 hours) 1-800-552-0190
- BCI Drug Hotline 1-800-472-2185
- Better Hearing Institute 1-800-327-9355
- Domestic Violence 1-800-472-2911
- Drug Abuse Hotline 1-800-642-6042
- Epileptic Foundation 1-800-292-7932
- Farm Stress 1-800-642-4752
- Housing Discrimination 1-800-424-8590
- Legal Aid of North Dakota 1-800-634-5263
- Mental Health Association 1-800-472-2911
- Multiple Sclerosis Society 1-800-437-4757
- Poison Control Center – Fargo 1-800-732-2200
- Red Cross 1-800-832-0120
- Social Security Administration 1-800-772-1213
- Suicide Prevention 1-800-472-2911
- Veteran’s Administration 1-800-827-1000
Children’s Special Health Services:
Diagnostic services for treatment for children who have certain crippling conditions. There are income and resource maximums for eligibility.
Day Care Licensing:
Complete licensing for interested applicants.
Foster Care Licensing:
The provision of substitute parental care when children need to be removed from their home. Licensure is required.
- What is Foster Care for children? Foster Care is a supportive service available to families experiencing problems. It is considered / available for a child when all other alternatives to out-of-home placement have been explored or tried.
- What is Foster Care Placement? When it is not possible for a child to remain in his or her own family’s home, temporary alternative placement in a licensed foster home is an option considered. Foster Parents provide a nurturing and secure family environment until the child returns home.
- How are Foster Parents selected? The child’s needs influence the foster home selected. Foster care is a service to children whose emotional, social, and physical needs are of utmost importance. The agency matches the child to the foster home and works with the foster child, the child’s parents, and the foster family to provide the best foster care experience possible in working towards early return to the child’s home, if that is the goal.
- How long does a child stay in Foster Care? Length of stay in foster care varies depending on the case plan and ranged from brief emergency care to placement over a period o months, or to planned long-term foster care.
- How do I become a Foster Parent? Licensure is required. The process involves making application to your local County Social Service office, a home study, fire and safety checks of the home, and references. There is no fee for licensure.
- Will I be paid? The Foster Parents will receive a maintenance reimbursement for the care of the foster child depending upon the child’s age. Specialized payments are also made depending upon the needs of the child and the care/effort required.
- Is there a need for Foster Homes in Pembina County? Y-E-S!
Parent Aide Services:
This program is to empower parents to more effectively parent their children. This service helps prevent out-of-home placements.
Prime Time Day Care:
The program provides child care for families in crisis. These services are intended to enable parents to attend parenting classes, therapy, or respite from parenting responsibilities.
This program may be available to parents who are age 20 years or under, who are the primary caretaker of their child, and who are pursuing their high school diploma, alternative high school placement, or a GED program. Child care costs are paid for the child while the parent is attending school.
Provides financial assistance to assure the adoption of children whose handicap, age, sibling group, or minority background might otherwise prevent their adoption,
Family Home Care:
Assists persons who are experiencing difficulty living independently and unable to provide for their own needs.
Child Protection Services:
Social Services in mandated by law to complete an assessment with regards to all alleged concerns our agency receives regarding children, ages 0-18, who are allegedly being neglected or abused that fall within the Child Abuse/Neglect Law. This assessment is completed by a licensed social worker to determine what, if any, services are needed to protect and promote the safety and well-being and permanence of children. All individuals making a report of concern regarding a child are protected by law and are kept confidential.
To report Child Abuse or Neglect, go to the following URL for the appropriate reporting form:
The following information is reprinted verbatim from the Brochure entitled, “Home Alone – Is Your Child Ready?,” which is provided by the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Children & Family Services Division, Child Protection Services.
The property tax is an ad valorem tax, that is, a tax based upon value. It's the primary means by which local government pays for services it provides, such as police and fire protection, schools, roads, parks, courts, etc. It involves two separate functions, the assessment function and the budget function. After these functions are completed, the county auditor calculates the appropriate mill rate and that rate is applied to each taxable property to determine the property tax.
The assessor is responsible for discovering, listing and valuing all taxable property. All real property is subject to taxation, unless expressly exempted by law. All property is valued according to its value on February 1 st of each year. All real property is valued at True and Full Value. For residential and commercial property, this equals market value. For agricultural value, it equals its productivity value as defined by North Dakota statute.
The assessor must notify property owners when the valuation increases more than 15% and more than $3,000 True and Full Value. In April of each year, the assessor's assessments are reviewed by the city or township boards of equalization. Within the first ten (10) days of June, the county reviews the assessments of cities and townships. During August of each year, the State Board of Equalization reviews the assessments as finalized by the various counties.
The assessor, by the fair and accurate valuation of property, ensures that everyone shares equitably in the total burden of property taxation.
New or expanding business projects may be granted an exemption for up to five years, in addition to extensions. Please contact your local assessor or the Pembina County Director of Equalization office for additional information, as the rules are somewhat complex. You can also visit the State Tax Commissioner web site at: http://www.nd.gov/tax
Certain new single family residences may be exempt up to $75,000 in value for two years if approved by the respective city. Please check with your city assessor to see if the program is offered. The program is not currently available for residences located in a township.
Homes owned and occupied by persons who are blind or have certain disabilities may be eligible for exemption.
Generally speaking, most personal property is exempt.
Certain energy systems and pollution control systems may be exempt.
Charitable, religious, and certain non-profit organization property may be entitled to exemption.
Farm structures are generally exempt. Farm residences occupied by bona fide farmers are also exempt, subject to additional tests.
The exemptions listed above are not all inclusive. Most exemptions are listed in the NDCC 57-02-08. Please contact your local assessor or the Pembina County Director of Equalization for additional information and application forms. Additional information is available at the web site for the State Tax Commissioner .
Appealing Your Assessment
If you feel that your property assessment is excessive and does not represent True and Full value, you may ask for relief.
You should contact your local assessor immediately and ask that your assessment be reviewed.
If you and the assessor cannot agree on a proper assessment, then you may appeal in two different manners. If the current year valuation is at issue, then you may appeal by attending the various equalization meetings. In order to be heard before the State Board of Equalization, you must have appeared before the local and county boards of equalization.
You may also file an abatement on your property for current and previous years relief. You must file by November 1 st of the year following the year the tax becomes delinquent. In other words, you must file by November 1 st , 2006 to file for the 2004 assessment.
In either case, the burden of proof falls upon the applicant to show that the valuation is incorrect. Therefore, the applicant would need to present information showing that the assessment is not correct.
For additional information, you may visit the Office of State Tax Commissioner Web Site pgs. 7-8 of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. You can also download the abatement application form at this site. You can also contact our office for additional information.
Homeowners who are 65 years of age or older or who are permanently and totally disabled may be entitled to a property tax credit. Qualifications include an annual income less medical expenses of $14,500 or less (including Social Security and pensions) and assets of $50,000 or less (excluding the first $100,000 value of the homestead). The applicant may receive a credit up to $3,038 in taxable value of the homestead.
In addition, the homeowner may qualify for a special assessment credit which becomes a lien against the property and must be repaid when the property is sold.
For additional information and applications, please contact your local assessor or the Pembina County Director of Equalization office.
Renters may also be entitled to a rent refund under this program. Those who qualify may receive rent refunds of up to $240 if 20% of the rent they pay exceeds 4% of their income. Renters apply to the Office of State Tax Commissioner for this refund and applications are available at the Pembina County Director of Equalization office.
Additional information on the program is also available at the State Tax Commissioners Web Site
Operators who wish to cut and make ditch hay, please be advised that Pembina County Weed Control may have sprayed portions of the road ditches with herbicides for noxious weed control. Some of the herbicides used may have a haying or grazing restriction, meaning a certain amount of time must pass after herbicide application and before haying or grazing operations may begin. These restrictions are determined by the herbicide label.
Since spraying operations will be conducted over the course of the summer and are dependent upon the weather, it is impossible to set a timetable for spraying and haying in any specific area. If anyone is planning to cut ditch hay they should contact the Weed Control Officer to determine if and when a specific area has been treated and what the restriction timeline is. Operators wishing to not have their ditches sprayed prior to haying should contact the Weed Control Officer, Kadie Benson @ 701-520-0076 or email at email@example.com.