Upper Shore Aging is the local area agency designated by Caroline, Kent and Talbot Counties 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 Department also receives local funds, private donations, and contributions from program participants.

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 provides seniors with information on assisted-living facilities, in-home care, long-term care, Medicare, nursing homes, and rehabilitation facilities.

Upper Shore Aging operates the Amy Lynn Ferris Center in Chestertown. Activities include fitness classes, day trips, arts and crafts, noontime meals, and computers with internet access.


In Kent County, the Local Management Board was formed by the Board of County Commissioners in May 1997, and reconstituted in July 2005 (Resolution no. 97-1928). The Board was renamed Family and Community Partnerships of Kent County in April 2013, and returned to its original name in October 2017.

The Local Management Board coordinates a system of local services for Kent 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.

The Board plans for, but does not provide, individual direct services. Instead, it identifies the needs of County residents and disseminates that information to policy makers and the general public in order to promote improvements in the services to children and families.

From thirteen to twenty-five members constitute the Board. Of these, some members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to three-year terms. Other members are designated to represent County agencies, including the Board of County Commissioners, the Core Service Agency, the Health Department, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Juvenile Services, Department of Parks and Recreation, and County Public Schools (Bylaws, sec. 3.01).


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 Kent 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 Kent County Social Services Board, the Board of County Commissioners appoints the Director (Code Human Services Article, secs. 3-101 through 3-303).

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