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Dane County Department of Human Services

Empowered people thriving in safe, just, and caring communities

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Welcome to Human Services

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Shawn Tessmann Director

Report Abuse

Location & Directions

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Human Services.

We provide a comprehensive array of health and social services and programs to over 65,000 people in Dane County each year. We're very proud of the work we do in collaboration with partners, providers, stakeholders, and staff. I hope these pages help you find what you need.

Otherwise, feel free to send us an email, which we check daily. Thank you again for your interest!

To Report Child Abuse/Neglect 
Call: 608-261-5437
7:45am - 4:30pm

Call: 608-255-6067
Non-Business Hours

To Report Adult/Elder Abuse
Call: 608-261-9933
Monday - Friday
7:45am - 4:30pm


Department Mission

Provide access to effective, innovative, and evidence-based services and resources that support wellbeing, opportunities to thrive, safety, and justice to persons of all backgrounds.

Department Vision

Empowered people thriving in safe, just, and caring communities.


Featured Services

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Immigration Affairs

Immigration Affairs supports the immigrant and refugee community

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Behavorial Health Resource Center

The Behavioral Health Resource Center connects people to resources for mental health and/or substance use needs

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Aging and Disability Resource Center

The Aging and Disability Resource Center support seniors, adults with disabilities, their families and caregivers by providing useful information and assistance.

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FoodShare helps people with limited money buy the food they need for good health.