Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)

Department of Health & Human Services
Baraga/Houghton/Keweenaw County
47420 State Highway M26 Ste 62
Houghton, MI 49931

906-483-3914 [Phone]

Hours

Monday - Friday:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Staff & Contacts

Matthew Yohe, Director

Information

The Department of Human Services Board is established in accordance with Public Act 280 of 1939, commonly referred to as the Public Welfare Act. The three members of the board, one member appointed by the Governor, the other two appointed by the Houghton County Board of Commissioners Human Services Committee, each serve three-year terms. Board members receive per diem payments. The Director of the Houghton County Department of Human Services is the secretary to the Board. By agreement, the State Department of Human Services and the County Department of Human Services appoint the Director of the Houghton County Department of Human Services. All employees are under State Civil Service. The County Department of Human Services Board advises the county agency on local policies and procedures, and reviews all contracts for services within the county. The Houghton County Department of Human Services Board has complete control of all funds being appropriated by the Board of Commissioners. Funds are primarily used to provide emergency services to individuals and families not covered by state/federal assistance, and for foster care and other services to temporary court wards ineligible for state/federal payments.

Additionally, the Department of Human Services Board administers the Houghton County Medical Care Facility, dba Canal View ~ Houghton County and is responsible for appointing the Facility’s Administrator. Canal View ~ Houghton County is a 197-bed skilled nursing facility that is dedicated to improving lives. Established in 1958, the Facility provides comprehensive short-term rehabilitation services and 24-hour skilled nursing care for people in need of short and long-term care.

Members

Ed Jenich, State Appointee/Board Chair

ejenich@hotmail.com
906-337-2431 (home)
906-370-0756 (cell)

Christy Hilgers, Vice Chair

christyhilgers1@gmail.com
906-482-6981 (home)
906-370-4885 (cell)

Jim Tervo, Board Member

jct@up.net
906-370-1169 (cell)

Meeting Dates & Minutes

2024

Regular Meeting

May 16, 2024 (Thu)

Regular Meeting

April 18, 2024 (Thu)

Regular Meeting

March 21, 2024 (Thu)

Regular Meeting

February 13, 2024 (Tue)

Regular Meeting

January 18, 2024 (Thu)