Duplin County NC

Social Services

“The June,2024 Regular Scheduled Board Meeting is to be held on Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 8:30 AM at the Duplin County Social Services building. The meeting will be conducted in DSS’s Board Room.”


  • Delivery of assistance through public assistance Programs to eligible persons within the confines of the law.
  • Provide social programs designed to alleviate human suffering, protect children, disabled and elderly adults.
  • Help people in their struggle to become self-sufficient and attain a better way of life.

General Services Provided:

  • Income Maintenance Services:
    • Food and Nutrition Services
    • Work First Program
    • Medical assistance for families with children
    • Medical assistance for aged and disabled adults
    • North Carolina Health Choice for children
    • Low Income Energy Assistance Program
    • Crisis Intervention Program
    • Program Integrity Unit
    • If you have questions or would like to provide verifications for Medicaid, you can email the information to the central Medicaid email at medicaid@duplincountync.com.
  • Child Support Services:
    • Full child support services to anyone requesting assistance. There is a small fee for non-public assistance clients.
  • Social Work Services
    • Helping families with assessment of social problems, counseling, and intervention as needed to solve difficult situations and assure safety of children and adults.

Related information:

Information on Medicaid Expansion
NCDHHS Division of Medical Assistance
NCDHHS Division of Medical Assistance – Medicaid
NCDHHS – Social Services
NC Department Of Health and Human Services
NCDHHS Child Support Enforcment

DSS Meeting Minutes:
Click Here for the Meeting Minutes Webpage!

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Block Grant FY 2024  and attachments Public Notice  and Detailed LIHEAP Model Plan are available online. Click the links to view the plan and submit comments until 9/7/23.

Duplin County Board of Social Services Public Notice
The North Carolina Social Services Commission will make an appointment to the Duplin County Board of Social Services to fill the seat of a vacated term. The Social Services Commission will consider nominations at a future meeting.The nomination period is scheduled from November 3, 2023, to December 3, 2023. Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 3, 2023. You may obtain a Nomination Form from the local department of social services office (DSS).
Click here for more information.

Special Notice:
Hawkins v. Cohen (5:17-cv-00581-FL) Notice
DSS Instructions for Hawkins v. Cohen (5:17-CV-581 E.D.N.C.)
Pandemic Electronic Benefits (P-EBT)  FAQ
North Carolinians Can Apply Online for Help with Energy Costs Beginning Monday, January 4, 2021
Public Notice SPA 21-0024 (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
Notice to Class of Proposed Settlement of Franklin v. Kinsley

Other Services:

As grocery prices continue to rise, senior citizens can get help filling their baskets. Individuals age 60+ who are balancing a limited income may be eligible to participate in several North Carolina programs that offer food benefits and help with common expenses such as utilities, phone, and internet. These programs include food assistance such as NC Food and Nutrition Services (FNS).

Learn more about the different types of assistance available to you, as well as how to qualify and apply, at www.NCDHHS.gov/SeniorResources.

Annie Murrell

Annie Murrell

Department Head

Physical Address:
423 North Main St
Kenansville, NC 28349

Map To Location

Mailing Address:
PO Box 969
Kenansville, NC 28349

Hours of Operation:
M-F 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Reports of abuse, neglect, or dependency of children and adults can be made during business hours at (910) 296-2200.  Alternate daytime number for children can be made at (910) 271-4985. Alternate number for adults can be made at (910) 271-4038.  To make reports after business hours, weekends and holidays, contact the Duplin County Sheriff’s Department at (910) 296-2150.

Fax: (910) 296-2323

Board Meetings:
The Duplin County Department of Social Services regularly scheduled Social Services Board meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 8:30 A.M. in the DSS Board Room. Public comments are welcome. Please contact the Department of Social Services at (910)296-2200. Thank you

The June 2024  Regular Scheduled Board Meeting is to be held on Thursday,
June 27, 2024 at 8:30 AM at the Duplin County Social Services building.
The meeting room will be our Board Room.