The Social Service Department, managed by the government of Faribault, Minn., provides an array of community-based services and financial assistance programs for eligible people. Its social workers and mental health professionals offer case management, crisis intervention and in-home therapy services for adults with severe emotional disturbances. The department s medical assistance program helps in the payment of medical bills for people with disabilities. The Social Service Department also offers food assistance to low-income families. Its child protection services promote the safety and well-being of children. The department additionally manages foster care homes that provide emergency shelter, respite care and short-term crisis nursery services for children with special needs.