Eligibility professionals recognized
September 5, 2003
Bismarck, N.D. - Governor John Hoeven has proclaimed September 8-12, 2003 "Eligibility Workers Week" to honor county social service office eligibility professionals for the important work they do helping low-income North Dakotans improve their quality of life.
Eligibility workers help low-income individuals and families access needed programs and services. They meet with people, help them apply for economic assistance programs, review application information, determine eligibility for services based on state and federal guidelines, and link people up to other local resources, if appropriate. They also monitor cases, modifying eligibility as needs or situations change.
According to the North Dakota Department of Human Services, there are 287 eligibility workers in the state. These county employees have consistently held North Dakota's economic assistance program error rate to one of the lowest in the nation while providing appropriate customer service.
Department reports indicate that about 97,000 individuals in North Dakota are determined eligible each year for economic assistance programs such as food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, energy assistance, or child care assistance.
Heather Steffl, Dept. of Human Services (701) 328-4933, or
Meroe Haug, Burleigh County Social Services (701) 222-6754