Social Services

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Mobile Crisis Service (New 24 hour service)

  • Effective January 1, 2016, Rice County Social Services now offers 24 hour, 365 days a year, Mobile Crisis Service to provide support for children, teens and adults who are experiencing a mental health crisis.  The services are provided free of charge to the individual.  Community members experiencing a mental health related crisis after hours need simply phone (877) 399-3040 and a Mental Health Professional will assist them and if needed, the Mobile Crisis Team will respond to a location of the callers choosing and provide additional support.  

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  • Online Application Information

ApplyMN is Minnesota's secure, online system you can use to apply for health care, cash assistance, SNAP (food support), emergency help, and child care assistance programs. You can use it’s, Bridges to Benefits, pre-screening option to find out what programs you might be eligible for and other resources in your area.

To get started, visit ApplyMN directly.


Department Overview

The Social Service Department provides community supported social services and financial assistance for eligible people to promote their dignity and independence.




External Links

Faribault Phone: 
507-645-4723 / 507-744-5185
320 Third Street NW
Faribault, MN 55021
Mark Shaw
Social Services Director

Citizen Information