Effective February 1:
The Purvis Health Dept. will be closed on Wednesdays and Fridays
Lamar County Dept. of Human Services
Phone: 601-794-1080 FAX: 601-794-2960
Food Benefits (stamps) TANF (temporary assistance for needy families) Food Benefit/TANF applications available at our office or on-line at www.mdhs.state.ms.us
Phone: 601-794-1050 FAX: 601-794-1066
Frequently Asked Question’s
Q. How do I report abuse or neglect of a child or vulnerable adult if the county office is closed?
A. Contact your local law enforcement agency or dial the 24-hour abuse hotline at 1-800-222-8000.
Q. Can an application for Food Benefits/TANF be mailed to me?
A. Yes. However, it will need to be returned prior to an appointment being given.
Q. Can I apply for medicaid at the Dept. Of Human Services?
A. An application for medicaid must be filed at your regional medicaid office. In our area, the office is located on Mayfair Blvd. in Hattiesburg.
Q. Is it necessary to have an open Food Benefit, TANF, or medicaid case to receive child support services?
A. No. If you are not receiving assistance, you may file an application for child support services for a minimal fee.
Q. If I apply for TANF, do I have to comply with the TANF Work Program (TWP) requirements?
A. Yes. If you do not meet an exemption, compliance with TWP is required.
Useful Phone Numbers: Food Benefit Balance 1-866-512-5087 Tanf or Child Support Blance 1-866-461-4095 (a fee may be charged).
Child Support Hotline 1-800-434-5437 Information regarding Foster Parent applications may be found at www.mdhs.state.ms.us/us