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County Social Welfare



In the mid-1960s, local county social welfare offices merged with the State of Michigan and became part of the Department of Social Services, now known as the Department of Health and Human Services. If you were employed with the social welfare agency on the day of the merger, you may receive credit for your previous county service.


  • You may purchase as little or as much of your total county social welfare service as you wish.
  • You may use this credit to satisfy vesting requirements.
  • You must relinquish any other rights to a pension benefit based on your county service.


The cost of the service is $50 for each month purchased, or $600 to buy a full year.


To receive credit for this service, contact the Michigan Office of Retirement Services.