Our Mission: We will lead the nation in building the capacity of individuals, families, and communities to secure and sustain healthy, safe, and productive lives.

The Missouri Department of Social Services is responsible for coordinating programs to provide:

While many programs give needed financial assistance and services, other units work toward reducing financial dependency of the citizens on government assistance.

The Department of Social Services also has teams dedicated to:

The Department of Social Services is administrated by a director who is appointed by the Governor and approved by the state Senate. This department director, in turn, appoints the division directors.

There are nearly 7,000 budgeted employees in the department, and the Human Resource Center (HRC) guides the overall human resources management system for DSS team members.