Dare County Department of Social Services
Dare County Social Services

Jay Burrus, Director, Department of Health and Human Services
email: burrusj@dcdss.org

Melanie Corprew, Director
Social Services Division
email: corprewm@dcdss.org

107 Exeter Street
PO Box 669
Manteo NC 27954

Phone: 252.475.5500
Fax: 252.473.9824

Frisco Office
50347 NC 12 HWY
Frisco NC 27936

Mailing: PO Box 859
Buxton NC 27920

Phone: 252.475.9320

The Dare County Department of Social Services
provides a broad array of economic and social services aimed at promoting and strengthening family stability and integrity; enhancing the protection and care of children and dependent adults; and assisting all citizens in achieving their highest level of independence.

Social Services is a county administered- state supervised organization that administers federal, state and county programs. The department is committed to providing quality services to Dare County citizens. Staff are dedicated, conscientious, believe in the agency mission and work hard to ensure that it is met and that services are provided in a caring and respectful way.

Social Services is best known for the federal public assistance programs they operate such as Medicaid and Food and Nutrition Services. The department has many other facets, however. We are responsible for everything from adoption, day care, child abuse investigations and foster care to working with disabled adults, helping the elderly or disabled remain in their own homes, or assisting in necessary nursing home placement.

In Dare County, Social Services provides many services to the "working poor" who work hard to live in Dare County. Our high cost-of-living, coupled with seasonal and services/retail employment make it hard for people to "make it" here in Dare County. Social Services often fills the gaps. Many people the agency serves are not the stereotypical welfare recipient you might think of but are more apt to be your neighbor or the person who checks you out of the grocery store.

Social Services is governed by a five person board that selects the director, establishes any local policy and advises the department. Two are appointed by the Dare County Board of Commissioners, two by the NC Social Services Commission, and the fifth member by these four. The department also works closely with the Dare County Board of Commissioners, who set the budget for the department, the county manager and other county departments. The department also works closely with a number of private nonprofit and religious-based organizations in addressing community needs.

Health Insurance Marketplace Information

The Affordable Care Act, signed into law in 2010, went into effect October 1, 2013. This law was designed to expand access to quality, affordable health coverage for American families and small businesses, with better coverage, including free wellness and preventive care.

In order to help people navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace, specially-trained people are available to help consumers understand their options and to select a health plan.

For more information: 1-800 318-2596 – the Federal toll-free number; or www.HealthCare.gov

To make an appointment with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator or Counselor:
1-855-733-3711 – or – 1-800-682-0010