PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

COMMUNITY SERVICES

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS

In Prince George's County, community services are offered by the Department of Family Services, and the Department of Social Services.

DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES

The Department of Family Services oversees three divisions: Aging and Disabilities; Children, Youth, and Families; and Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Supportive Services.

AGING & DISABILITIES SERVICES DIVISION
The Aging and Disabilities Services Division started as the Aging Services Administration, which reformed as the Aging Services Division in 2011. The Division reorganized in 2014 as the Aging and Disabilities Division, and later as the Aging and Disabilities Services Division.

The Division is the local area agency designated by Prince George's County to administer State and federal funds for local senior citizen programs. These programs cover advocacy services, health education, housing, information and referral, in-home services, and nutrition (Code Human Services Article, secs. 10-201 through 10-214).

Grants of federal and State funds for local programs to serve the elderly are provided by the federal Older Americans Act (Title III), the federal Food and Agriculture Act (sec. 700), and State general funds. The Division also receives local funds, private donations, and contributions from program participants.

The Division is aided by the Advisory Committee on Aging.

CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES DIVISION
The Children, Youth and Families Division formerly was the Children, Youth and Families Administration, and adopted its present name in 2011.

The Division plans, implements, and monitors a system of care to help children and their families become self-sufficient, safe, and healthy in their homes and communities.

Under the Division is the Local Management Board.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & HUMAN TRAFFICKING SUPPORTIVE SERVICES DIVISION
The Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Supportive Division was initiated under the Department of Family Services.


DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

When the Department of Social Services started as the Department of Public Welfare in 1939, the Welfare Board was the local administrative agency for public assistance (Chapter 99, Acts of 1939). The Department of Public Welfare assumed welfare responsibilities from the Welfare Board in 1967, and was renamed the Department of Social Services in 1968 (Chapter 148, Acts of 1967; Chapter 702, Acts of 1968).

Social service and public assistance programs in Prince George's County are the responsibility of the Department of Social Services. The Director of the Department administers these programs subject to the supervision, direction, and control of the Social Services Administration, and the Family Investment Administration.

With the approval of the Secretary of Human Services and the advice of the Prince George's County Social Services Board, the County Executive appoints the Director (Code Human Services Article, secs. 3-101 through 3-303; County Charter, sec. 554).

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