Location and Office Hours

Third Floor
Pierce County Office Building
412 W. Kinne St.
PO Box 670
Ellsworth, WI 54011

General Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
(Closed Holidays)

Phone: 715.273.6766 or 715.273.6770
Fax: 715.273.6862

Staff Contacts

Director
Ron Schmidt - EXT 6777

Children, Youth & Families Program Manager
Tammy Fluger - EXT 6772
Kristi Petersen - EXT 6773

Mental Health & AODA Program Manager
Ron Kiesler - EXT 6642

Economic Support Manager
Christina Tuenge - EXT 6795

Child Support Manager
Luann Berger - EXT 6625

ADRC Manager
Heather Conway - EXT 6593

 

 

 

 

Human Services

 ECONOMIC SUPPORT UNIT
 
PHONE NUMBER:  715-273-6788

To reach the Great Rivers Change Reporting Center call 1-888-283-0012
To FAX information to the Centralized Document Processing Unit
FAX toll free to 1-855-293-1822

STAFF: Christina Tuenge - Economic Support Supervisor
Jennifer Beck - Administrative Assistant
Carol Hilsgen- Economic Support Specialist II
Renee Peterson- Economic Support Specialist II
Rebecca Mueller - Economic Support Specialist II
Emily Andrews - Economic Support Specialist I
Meghan Murphy - Economic Support Specialist I
Amber Bryant - Economic Support Specialist I
Lisa Schuler - Economic Support Specialist I

DEPARTMENT PURPOSE:

The function of the Economic Support Unit is to help families in need become self-sufficient and independent of the public assistance system.  We do this by assessing the family‚Äôs financial situation, determining eligibility for interim public assistance programs, and referring persons who are able to work to the St. Croix Valley Job Center for job seeking activities.

Programs:

Medical Assistance (MA):  Wisconsin's ForwardHealth Medicaid plans for Elderly, Blind or Disabled provide health care for those who are, age 65 or older, blind or disabled, with income at or below the monthly program limit, and who are United States citizens or legal immigrants.   

Badgercare Plus (BC+): BadgerCare Plus is a program for children under 19 years of age and families in Wisconsin who need and want health insurance.  

FoodShare (FS):  Provides FoodShare to most households that meet certain financial and non-financial requirements helping low-income families and individuals to buy nutritious food. 

Family Planning Waiver Program (FPWP): provides family planning services and supplies for women age 15 through 44 who are at or below 185% of the federal poverty level (FPL). The main goal of this family planning project is to help women avoid unintended pregnancy.

Caretaker Supplement (CTS)Wisconsin Caretaker Supplement (CTS) is a cash benefit available to parents who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.  Caretaker Supplement is not a Medicaid benefit; it pays cash only to eligible parents.

To complete an online application for any of the programs listed above, visit Access Wisconsin

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP):  Assists in paying heating costs for low-income households.  A one-time-per-heating-season payment is issued to the fuel providers.  Crisis assistance is available to persons who have already received their regular payment but have an emergency fuel need or a problem with their heating unit. 

Wisconsin Shares - Child Care Subsidy Program:  Helps families with the cost of childcare while their parents are at work, work and school, and/or participating in a work program.

OTHER RESOURCES:

For more information about the BadgerCare+ Core Plan-Health Care For Adults With No Dependent Children, click on this link or call the Enrollment Services Center at 800-291-2002.

For information from the Pierce County Child Support agency, call (715) 273-6764.

For information about Wisconsin Works (W-2), contact Workforce Connections, Inc. by calling (715) 425-6000.

For information about the St. Croix Valley Job Center, click on this link or visit the job center location at 625 Whitetail Blvd # 120, River Falls, WI  54022

For information about Judicare, click on this link or call (800) 472-1638