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Rita Landgraf - Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services

Dear Visitors:

Welcome to the Delaware Health and Social Services website, where you will find a variety of information about the services available through our Department.

DHSS is the largest state agency, employing almost 4,300 individuals in a wide range of public service jobs. Our department includes 12 divisions, which provide services in the areas of public health, social services, substance abuse and mental health, child support, developmental disabilities, long-term care, visual impairment, aging and adults with developmental disabilities, and Medicaid and medical assistance. The Department includes four long-term care facilities and the state's only psychiatric hospital, the Delaware Psychiatric Center.

Our Department's mission is to improve the quality of life for Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.

In carrying out that mission, the services provided through DHSS touch almost every Delawarean every single day. In addition to the hundreds of thousands who receive our social services - such as Medicaid, food stamps, subsidized child care and cash assistance - DHSS also provides many other services used by Delawareans.

Here's just a sampling of the services. The Department:

  • Inspects restaurants for food safety standards.
  • Ensures safe drinking water.
  • Provides vital records such as birth certificates.
  • Monitors and helps control the spread of disease.
  • Stands ready to serve in case of an act of terrorism or a natural disaster.
  • Assists in criminal investigations by performing autopsies and processing forensic evidence in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
  • Recruits and places everyone from high school students to older adults in volunteer opportunities.
  • Provides resources, training and employment for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Ensures that children receive the financial support from parents that they deserve.
  • Provides Meals on Wheels, nutritional counseling, information and support for caregivers, and other services for Delaware's aging citizens.

Providing these and many other services is the primary goal and work of Delaware Health and Social Services, but another of our priorities is ensuring that your tax dollars are well managed. We are a social service agency, but that doesn't mean that we have to fit the old stereotype of throwing money at problems. We work hard to provide the best services we can in the most efficient way possible.

Thank you for visiting our site. I hope you find the information you are looking for and, if not, please call the Delaware Helpline at (800) 464-HELP or email us at dhssinfo@state.de.us and we'll do our best to help you.

Together at Health and Social Services, we are one Department, one Delaware.

Sincerely,

Rita Landgraf
Secretary

Last Updated: Friday November 04 2011
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