Washington County
Government
Administrative Building
116 Adams St.
PO Box 1007
Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: 252-793-5823
Fax: 252-793-1183
Email: jbennett@washconc.org

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Department of Social Services
Location / Hours of Operation

209 East Main Street
Plymouth, NC 27962
(252) 793-4041
FAX: (252) 793-3195
Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM


 
DSS Director
Clifton Hardison
Email: cliftonh@wcchs.org
   
Adult Services Supervisor
Francine Hines
Email: francineh@wcchs.org
   
Administrative Officer
Lynn Swett
Email: lynns@wcchs.org
   
Child Support Supevisor
Leigh Anne Schreckengost
Email: leighs@wcchs.org
   
Transportation Supervisor
Zina Rhodes
Email: zinar@wcchs.org
   
Income Maintenance Supervisor
Caroline Gurganus
Email: carolineg@wcchs.org
   
Medicaid Services Supervisor
Tammy Mixon
Email: tammym@wcchs.org
   
Children Services Supervisor
Luenetta Lewis
Email: luenettal@wcchs.org
   
Disaster Food and Nutrition Services Benefits Approved for an Additional 13 N.C. Counties

NC Department of Health and Human Services has not activated a disaster Food and Nutrition Services Program as of this date for Washington County. If you currently are a recipient of Food Stamp benefits, you may be eligible for replacement benefits. This will require you to contact your worker. If you are not currently a recipient of benefits, you can apply for assistance in the agency or online at www.epass.nc.gov for regular ongoing Food and Nutrition benefits. All requirements regarding eligibility will apply.
Mission Statement
The mission of the Washington County Center for Human Services is to create and sustain a public agency which is valued by the community, respects the dignity and worth of every person, and is accountable for the eficient and effective management of the public's funds. To that end the center will:
  • Protect children and adults with services that ensure their safety and well-being;
  • Provide job-related services that lead to employment;
  • Make available social and economic support services that provide short-term or temporary support for families until opportunities arise for self-sufficiency;
  • Provide access to health-related services for at-risk children and adults; and
  • Maintain information concerning persons who receive services from the center in a professional and confidential manner.
Department of Social Services
The Washington County Department of Social Services is a county-administered public agency that provides a wide variety of social work services and administers health access and economic support programs that are required through state and federal laws. The agency provides the citizens of Washington County with resources and services to maximize their well being. A primary focus of the agency is to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of children and adults. Additional information about the programs and services offered through the department of social services can be found at the links provided below.

The Washington County Board of Social Services is composed of five members. The Washington County Board of Commissioners appoints two members and the NC Social Services Commission appoints two members. Those four members elect the fifth member. Board members must be county residents and are appointed from different areas of the county. They also must be motivated by a sincere and demonstrated concern for the well-being of the citizens of the county. Members of the board of social services may serve two consecutive three-year terms of appointment. A county commissioner may serve on the board of social services and may serve continuously as long as he or she continues to serve as a county commissioner. The duties and responsibilities of the board of social services are specified in state law and described in NC General Statute 108A, Article One.

Members of the Washington County Board of Social Services are:
  • Gordon Davenport, Chairman
  • Julius Walker, Jr., Vice Chairman
  • Phyllis Cahoon
  • Julie Phelps
  • Melinda Porter
For additional information about the agency and the programs and services that are provided, please use the contact information above.
"Transporting for Brighter Futures"
As a community transportation program, Riverlight Transit serves all residents of Washington County. It was created in 1997 from existing transportation programs operated by various public agencies and private non-profit organizations in Washington County.

Riverlight Transit provides curb to curb transportation services directly from a person's home to his or her destination. Transportation services are also provided for persons who have disabilities.

Riverlight Transit has eight vehicles in its fleet. The system has four light-transit vehicles (one of which is lift-equipped), two twelve-passenger standard vehicles, one mini-van and one standard lift-equipped vehicles.

Riverlight Transit operates five vehicles, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM. The system provides medical, nutrition, recreation, shopping, educational, human service and general public transportation services.

Anyone may ride on a Riverlight Transit vehicle. Both in-county and out-of-county transportation services are available. Some in-county and out-of-county destinations include:
  • Plymouth
  • Roper
  • Creswell
  • Williamston
  • Edenton
  • Elizabeth City
  • Greenville
  • Washington
  • Chapel Hill
  • Durham and other regional destinations.
For additional information about routes, schedules and services or to schedule a trip, contact Shonita Gibson, Transportation Coordinator, at (252) 793-4041, extension 255 or by email at ShonitaG@wcchs.org.

Hearing impaired, deaf and speech impaired persons who need transportation services may contact Riverlight Transit by calling 1-800-735-2962 TDD/TTY.

The Washington County Transportation Advisory Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of January, April, July and October at 11:00 AM at the Washington County Center for Human Services located at 209 East Main Street in Plymouth, N.C.

Riverlight Transit does not discriminate against persons with disabilities in connection with the provision of transportation services. Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and 49 CFR Parts 37 and 38 specify requirements for vehicle and facility accessibility and the provision of the transportation services. This agency does not discriminate in the provision of service to any individual based on race, creed, color, sex, age, or national origin. All persons will be treated equally with respect and dignity. This agency is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate in the employment of persons because of race, creed, color, sex, age, or national origin.

Riverlight Transit welcomes feedback. Please contact Clifton Hardison, Director of Social Services, at (252) 793-4041, by email at cliftonh@wcchs.org or by writing PO Box 10, Plymouth, NC 27962 with questions or comments.

Additional information about transportation services can be found at the NC Department of Transportation, Public Transportation Division, website provided in links below.
In North Carolina, Child Support Services are available to anyone who wants or needs help in collecting child support. The program offers assistance in the following areas:
  • Location of non-custodial parents – Child Support searches to find where the non-custodial parent lives and/or works.
  • Paternity establishment for children born outside of marriage – Child Support establishes the legal father of the child.
  • Establishment of support obligations – Child Support establishes a court order for the non-custodial parent to provide support for his/her child(ren).
  • Collection and distribution of support – Child Support keeps records of court-ordered child support payments processed by the NC Child Support Centralized Collections operation and tracks the distribution and disbursement of those payments.
  • Enforcement of support obligations – Child Support uses as many enforcement remedies as necessary to ensure the non-custodial parent's compliance with the court-ordered support.
Individuals who receive services through the Work First Program, Medicaid, or the Foster Care Services for Children Program are eligible and they are automatically referred for Child Support Services free of charge. Persons who do not participate in those programs may inquire about Child Support Services by telephone and receive an application and supplemental data sheet to complete. A twenty-five dollar ($25) non-refundable application fee may be required.

Child Support Services is not authorized to help with some issues that might seem similar to child support such as custody, visitation, or property settlements. Private attorneys and county Clerks of Superior Court also offer certain support services. To learn more about what assistance is available, you may contact these offices individually.

Child Support Services are provided to residents of Washington, Tyrrell and Hyde Counties through the Washington County Center for Human Services. For additional information about the program, contact Lynn Swett, Regional Child Support Supervisor, at (252) 793-4041, extension 208 or by email at LynnS@wcchs.org.
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