The Department of Aging is the local area agency designated by Baltimore 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 Charter, secs. 542.1, 542.2; County Code, Art. 3, secs. 2-101 through 2-103).

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 offers 24 programs in multiple locations throughout the County. Among these are Advocacy Services, the Maryland Access Point Customer Service Center, Meal Programs, 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.

Under the Department of Aging, the Maryland Access Point (MAP) Center provides seniors with information on assisted-living facilities, in-home care, long-term care, Medicare, nursing homes, and rehabilitation facilities.

Some twenty Senior Centers under the Department of Aging offer classes, computer training, entertainment events, fitness programs, health screenings, meal programs, nutritional education,and seasonal vaccines.

The Eating Together Meal Program is federally funded for Senior Center members and residents of senior housing units. Senior Center Councils also offer meals for family members and visitors for a minimal fee. Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland provides meals as well.

Senior centers are located in Arbutus; Catonsville; Cockeysville; Dundalk (Ateaze Senior Center& Fleming Senior Center); Edgemere; Essex; Hereford; Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands; Middle River (Victory Villa); Overlea-Fullerton; Parkville; Perry Hall (Seven Oaks Senior Center); Phoenix (Jacksonville Senior Center); Pikesville; Randallstown (Liberty Senior Center); Reisterstown; Rosedale; Towson (Bykota Senior Center); and Woodlawn.


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 Baltimore County are the responsibility of the Department of Social Services. 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 Baltimore County Social Services Board, the County Executive appoints the Director (Code Human Services Article, secs. 3-101 through 3-303; County Charter, sec. 540; County Code, Art. 3, secs. 4-401, 4-402).


The Local Management Board coordinates a system of local services for Baltimore County children, youth, and families (Code Human Services Article, secs. 8-301 through 8-305). Health, education, social and justice services are provided to young people who may be moved from their home because of abuse, neglect, delinquency, or special needs. In the community, the Board coordinates services so that children, placed in programs out-of-state, may be helped closer to home.

In Baltimore County, the Board consists of up to fifteen members. Up to six of these are appointed by the County Executive to four-year terms. Nine members serve ex officio (Baltimore County Executive Order, June 28, 2005).


Established by the County Council in January 1977, the Commission for Women held its first meeting in June 1977.

Through education and outreach, the Commission identifies and advocates for programs, legislation, and services to meet the needs of the women of the County. Current initiatives promote awareness and eradication of human trafficking; monitor and assist victims of domestic violence; and educate and provide resources with which to improve women's health.

Twenty-one members constitute the Commission. Fourteen are appointed by the County Executive, and each County Council member appoints one member. All serve three-year terms.

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