Information for the Public About Our Services

Welcome to the Department of Human Services for Dane County, Wisconsin. We provide a comprehensive array of services and programs to over 30,000 customers in Dane County each year.

Normal office hours are 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST). For general inquiries, you may direct emails to HumanServices@countyofdane.com. Your concern will be forwarded to the appropriate person or agency. Alternatively, select here for a listing of key phone numbers and here for a listing of key contacts.

To Report:

Child Abuse / Neglect, Call:
261-5437
7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.,
Monday – Friday
255-6067
(Non-Business Hours)
Adult / Elder at Risk, Call:
(608) 261-9933
7:45a.m. – 4:30p.m., Mon.Fri.

News & Updates

  • Open Enrollment: Health Insurance Marketplace

    4 Key Dates for Health Insurance Marketplace

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      Open Enrollment ends.
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      Coverage ends for Marketplace plans.
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      Coverage can begin for Marketplace plans.
  • Dane County Youth Justice Summit

    The Dane County Youth Justice Summit's goal is to increase awareness of current issues impacting the Youth Justice System. Conference materials, including PowerPoint Presentations and other content, can be found via this link.

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  • Behavioral Health Needs Assessment

    Dane County Department of Human Services (DCDHS) contracted with Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) to review the behavioral health system across providers and funders in the Dane County community and asked PCG to provide recommendations aimed at improving the availability and accessibility of behavioral health care in the County. The following report shares PCG’s findings and related recommendations. These recommendations are based on data analysis, stakeholder input, and research into national best practices.


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  • Comprehensive Community Services (CCS)

    Information regarding Comprehensive Community Services.

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  • Homeless Resources Guide

    A helpful listing of some of the services available for individuals in need.

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  • DCDHS now can accept payments on-line

    The Dane County Department of Human Services can now accept on-line payments: go to the Collections page.

Latest News in the Department of Human Services

Welcome to the Department of Human Services.

Picture of Shawn Tessmann, Director of the Department of Human Services

Shawn Tessmann, Director

Welcome to our site and thank you for reaching out to find out more information about the Department of Human Services. 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're looking for, or feel free to reach out to the email below which we check daily. Thank you again for your interest! Sincerely, Shawn Tessmann, Director

For general inquiries, you may direct emails to HumanServices@countyofdane.com. Your concern will be forwarded to the appropriate person or agency.