Human Services

Responsibilities & Services

The mission of Watonwan County Human Services is to empower our community by providing quality services and programs to meet health and human services needs.

The following programs and divisions provide services to seniors, people with disabilities, children, and others:

Watonwan County Human Services is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Agency (PDF).

Watonwan County Civil Rights Compliance Plan (PDF)

2019-2021 State - County Civil Rights Assurance Agreement

Visions for Families

Public Comments Requested:

Watonwan County Human Services is in the process of developing the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Biennial Service Agreement (BSA) for grant funds for CY 2022-2023.   The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) requires counties to notify the public and seek input on the use of these funds. Watonwan County has chosen to inform the public of the development of this Service Agreement via the county website platform.  A printed copy of the proposed plan may also be obtained upon request.

The purpose of the BSA is to provide DHS with information about services and strategies intended to meet program measures with the goal of increasing the economic stability of low income families on MFIP. The different sections of the BSA gather information about program strengths and service delivery gaps. The BSA will give a comprehensive assessment of current efforts, insight into what types of assistance are needed, and information on new strategies to better serve participants. We want to ensure that people served through MFIP are equipped to obtain and sustain gainful employment that will ultimately lead to greater self-sufficiency.

The public review and comment period will end on October 22, 2021.  To review the Agreement click on the document link below:

Watonwan County 2022-2023 MFIP Biennial Service Agreement Proposed 

We ask that questions and comments concerning this plan be submitted in writing by sending an email to

  1. Naomi Ochsendorf


  2. Human Services

    Physical Address
    715 Second Avenue S
    St. James, MN 56081


    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 31
    St. James, MN 56081

    Phone: (507) 375-3294
    Fax: (507) 375-7359

    Monday through Friday
    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.