In Anne Arundel County, Community Services involve the Department of Aging and Disabilities, the Office of Community Engagement and Constituent Services, and the Department of Social Services.


[photo, Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, Heritage Office Complex, 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland] The Department of Aging and Disabilities is the local area agency designated by Anne Arundel 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; County Code, sec. 2-1-503).

Department of Aging & Disabilities, Heritage Office Complex, 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland, March 2017. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

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 Department also receives local funds, private donations, and contributions from program participants.

The Department currently offers 21 programs in 25 locations throughout the County. Among these are the Maryland Access Point Customer Service Center, and Senior Centers.

Ombudsman staff and volunteers advocate for the rights of nursing-home residents and seniors in assisted-living facilities and continuing-care centers.

The Maryland Access Point (MAP) Center helps seniors find information on assisted-living facilities, in-home care, long-term care, Medicare, nursing homes, and rehabilitation facilities.

Seven Senior Centers are run by the Department at Annapolis; Arnold; Brooklyn Park; Edgewater; Glen Burnie (Robert A. Pascal Senior Center); Odenton (Catherine L. O'Malley Senior Center); and Pasadena. These centers provide daily lunches, Monday through Friday; fitness programs; college classes; shows; social events; and trips. Transportation is available to and from Senior Centers, as well as for medical appointments.

[photo, Arundel Center, 44 Calvert St., Annapolis, Maryland]


Empowering community-driven planning in the County, the Office of Community Engagement and Constituent Services helps community partners and local organizations sustain and accelerate progress toward community goals. It also helps residents secure County services.

The Office is assisted by the Human Relations Commission and the Veterans Affairs Commission.

Arundel Center, 44 Calvert St., Annapolis, Maryland, October 2017. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


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 Anne Arundel County are the responsibility of the Department of Social Services (County Charter, sec. 554; County Code, sec. 2-1-605). These include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the food stamp program), and Temporary Cash Assistance, as well as services for adoption, foster care, and child protection. To implement programs and provide support services to children and families in their communities, the Department also works with local organizations to offer education and training, transitional housing, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. 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 Anne Arundel 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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