C0unty of Lassen

Department of Community Social Services

Our Mission

The mission of Lassen WORKS & Community Social Services is to serve individuals, families, and communities of Lassen County by:

  • Employing a team of professional, knowledgeable, and courteous staff;
  • Offering quality confidential services in a responsible, timely, and compassionate manner;
  • Providing a safe place dedicated to building trust and reducing fears;
  • Working together to help people reach their life goals and achieve personal success.

Service Outside of Business Hours

Regular business hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, except holidays.

To register for Food Stamps, Cash Assistance or Medical online, please go to:


C4Yourself ® is an online application system that allows you to apply for benefits.

You can also:


Lassen WORKS & Community Social Services strives to provide easy access to services. If you cannot come into the office to keep an appointment or to make an application, arrangements for appointments outside regular business hours, by phone, or at other locations may be made by calling your caseworker or the main line at (530) 251-8152. Because most public assistance programs require face-to-face contact, you must have a compelling reason to request this special accommodation, such as employment, disability, or severe weather conditions.


  • Eric Nielson - Director
  • Tamara Chandler - Program Manager


C4Yourself - Access to Benifits. Simplified



Employment and training opportunities (http://www.aworkforce.org/lassenindex.html)
Career opportunities in social services (http://www.mss.ca.gov/)

Medical Care

California Department of Health Care Services ( http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/)
How to apply for Medi-Cal (C4Yourself.com)
Healthy Families (http://www.healthyfamilies.ca.gov/)
AIM-Access for Infants and Mothers (http://www.aim.ca.gov/)
CMSP-County Medical Services Program (http://www.cmspcounties.org/)
CHDP-Child Health & Disability Prevention (http://www.dhs.ca.gov/pcfh/cms/chdp/)

Food and Nutrition

USDA Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) (http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/default.htm)
WIC-Women, Infants, & Children (http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/)
Food Stamp program information (http://www.cdss.ca.gov/foodstamps/)
Food Stamp program regulations (http://www.cdss.ca.gov/foodstamps/FoodStampR_1930.htm)

Cash Aid

California Department of Social Services (http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/cdssweb/default.htm)
CalWORKs and other cash aid program regulations (http://www.cdss.ca.gov/ord/CDSSManual_240.htm)


California Department or Child Support Services (http://www.childsup.cawhnet.gov/)
Child Support payment information (https://www.casespaymentweb.com/cpw/Welcome.do)
Local domestic violence services (http://www.lassencrisis.com/)
National domestic violence hotline (http://www.ndvh.org/)
Mental Health services (http://lassen.networkofcare.org/mh/home/index.cfm)
2008 Federal Poverty Guidelines (http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/08poverty.shtml)