Cass County Health, Human and Veterans Services has been designated an Essential Community Provider by the Minnesota Department of Health for the next five year period.

An Essential Community Provider (ECP) is a health care provider that serves high-risk, special needs, and underserved individuals.

The Minnesota Department of Health designates Essential Community Providers pursuant to the requirements in Minnesota Statutes §62Q.19 and Minnesota Rules Part 4688.

Those regulations require that Essential Community Providers:

• Provide or coordinate supportive and stabilizing services, such as transportation, child care, linguistic services, and culturally sensitive and competent services to its clients.

• Have processes for identifying a need for supportive and stabilizing services and for enabling clients to access these services

• Qualify as one of six statutorily specified types of health care providers.

Cass County Public Health Department first made application for Essential Community Provider Status in 2013 with renewal occurring July 2018. The Public Health Department provides essential medical services to residents of Cass County and have the unique ability to provide integrated service with Cass County Social Services.

Cass County Public Health is able to reach approximately 1,100 high risk, underserved individuals each year with programs that provide access to medical care and services including Home Care, Family Home Visiting, WIC (Women, Infants and Children), Child and Teen Checkups, Family Planning Clinics, Senior Foot Clinics, Immunizations Clinics and referrals to chemical dependency, and mental health services.

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