The Department of Human Services offers a wide array of services to address the social and behavioral health needs of children, youth, adults, seniors, and families, as well as the community at large. These services include:
- Counseling and Therapy: Professional staff provide assistance to individuals and families through a process of brief, solution-focused counseling
- Crisis intervention, including critical incident debriefing services
- Problem assessment and referral to outside resources, including public and private agencies
- Community Mobilization: Assisting groups of citizens to identify unmet community needs and strategies for responding to those needs
- Food Pantry: The Human Services Department maintains a food pantry to help those in need. If you are able to contribute to the food pantry see a list of suggested items (PDF).
- Mansfield Prescription Discount Program (PDF)
These services are delivered through the following departmental programs:
- Request for Fee Reduction - Fee Waiver Packet and Application (PDF)
- Financial Assistance: distributes limited private funds for special needs
- Fair Housing and Tenant/Landlord Complaints or Problems: consultation, information, referral and advocacy
- Tax Relief and/or Fee Reductions: applications are taken for State and local programs for persons who are elderly and/or disabled (see Elderly/Disabled Homeowners Tax Credit Program (PDF) and Fee Waiver Packet and Application (PDF) for more detailed information)
- Senior Services operates daily programs and activities that are designed to meet the social, nutritional, and health needs of Mansfield's senior citizens, including:
- Multi-Service Senior Center: Creative social, recreation, education, arts and community service programs and activities.
- Lunch is served daily. Membership in Mansfield Senior Center Association, Inc. is open to all Mansfield residents age 55 and older; there are no dues.
- The Senior Center building includes free public wireless access as well.
- Municipal Agent for Elderly Persons: Information and referrals to other services.
The Youth Service Bureau provides prevention, education, and therapeutic services to children, youth and families, including:
- COPE support group for children of divorce
- Homework group
- Parent and grandparent education and support
- Peer outreach
- School Readiness: a state funded program for child care and education for 3 to 4 year old children. Includes parent support and education.
- Solution-focused counseling
- Substance abuse prevention
- Wilderness Challenge
- Youth employment