Articles & More

2015 MACSSA Legislative Platform & Priorities

Commentary: Funding, Dedication are Key to Protecting Kids
By Mark Sizer, Stearns County

Printed in the Star Tribune - November 18, 2014

"An Overview of MnCHOICES"
By Deb Sjostrom, Otter Tail County
Minnesota Counties January - February 2014

"Moving Forward: Three Counties Continue Work to Form the First Human Services Delivery Authority in Minnesota"
By Charity Floen, Steele County
Minnesota Counties September - October 2013

"The Legislative Session for Children"
By Stacy Hennen, Grant County
Minnesota Counties July - August 2013

"The Affordable Care Act and Counties Impacts and Opportunities"
By Stephanie Radtke, Dakota County

Minnesota Counties May-June 201

"Policy with Purpose"
By Dan Papin, Washington County
Minnesota Counties July - August 2012

"What is MACSSA?"
By Monty Martin, Ramsey County
Minnesota Counties May-June 2012

Steering Committee on Performance and Outcome Reforms Final Report PDF December 2012

A MACSSA Technology Policy Vision: Outcomes Advanced Through Technology Adopted 3/29/12

Introduction to Human Services Finance for Minnesota County Directors
A six-part series from MACSSA covering the ins-and-outs of Human Services Finance in Minnesota counties.

Click Here to Download Power Points for Each Video and Other Resources.
The Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators is a statewide association made up of county public social service directors or other administrative designees. The Association has been in existence since 1946 and is representative of all 87 Minnesota counties.


Our Vision:

  • People will be safe and healthy.

  • People will live as independently as possible.

  • People will be able to support themselves and their families.

Our Mission:

  • To promote and integrate a proactive, adequately funded, cost-effective, and community based human service system that improves the health and well-being of families, children and adults.

Guiding Principles for the Association relative to Human Services:

  • There must be mutual respect for the roles and responsibilities of government at all levels, and all parties must interact as equal partners. Counties must work collaboratively with all partners to expand, develop, and strengthen relationships.
  • Counties must build on existing successes and work to direct state and local resources for mutually agreed upon priorities.
  • Counties must provide leadership that will empower communities to determine the best means of achieving desired outcomes.
  • Counties must be results-oriented with shared responsibility and accountability for use and coordination of available resources at all levels.
  • Counties must continue to be consumer-focused and accountable, as well as supportive of consumer-directed care programs.

Staff Contacts

Eric Ratzmann, Director

Maria Slavik, Administrative Assistant 

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