The Caroline County Local Management Board was established in January, 1997 in response to the State’s desire to transform Maryland’s human service delivery system for children and families. Based on the premise that local stakeholders are in the best position to understand their community’s needs, the LMB’s were given authority to plan, implement and monitor a system of care to children and families in their communities.
Every three years, the Caroline County Local Management Board conducts a community needs assessment focusing on the eight areas of child and family well-being:
- Babies Born Healthy
- Healthy Children
- Children Enter School Ready to Learn
- Children are Successful in School
- Youth will Complete School
- Youth have Opportunities for Employment or Career Readiness
- Communities are Safe for Children, Youth and Families
- Families are Safe and Economically Stable
By analyzing demographic data and talking to both key informants and members of the community, the Caroline County Local Management Board assesses the most pressing problems facing children and their families and develops a plan to generate the resources and implement programs to meet those needs.
The Caroline County Local Management Board also focuses on individual children who are at risk for failure in school and in the community. Because no one agency can meet the needs of every child and family, Caroline County Local Management Board also facilitates the collaboration of these families and the agencies who serve them. Together families, local social service agencies, health departments, schools, churches, and non-profits work together to determine the issues that hinder a child from succeeding and developing a system of care to support that child and his or her family.
Please note, the Caroline County Local Management Board is not a provider of services.
“The Caroline Human Services Council will develop and promote a caring environment that provides efficient and effective services to the residents of the County by working in partnership with public and private individuals, agencies and organizations.”
The Caroline Human Services Council (HSC) subscribes to the following set of five core beliefs:
A Healthy Child: • is in a caring and safe environment • has spiritual, emotional and physical needs met • has high self-esteem and is self-confident • is part of a strong family structure (love, respect, pride)
A Strong Family: • nurtures, cares, loves, shares, protects • provides structures, values, beliefs, opportunities for growth and exploration
A Supportive Community: • lends a helping hand when needed, without prejudice • offers opportunities to grow, interact and express • establishes open lines of communication • values diversity
An Excellent Public Agency: • makes decisions in consultation with and concurrence of families • values and nurtures children, families and individuals • serves all citizens with caring and respect
A Responsible County Government: • works in collaboration with its citizens • is not afraid to take risks • is accountable to its citizens
Local Management Board Responsibilities
The first Local Management Boards (Board) were established during the mid-1990s in an effort to change the way services were provided to children and families in their communities. The Boards were charged with identifying priorities and targeting resources for a jurisdiction’s communities. The major focus was to increase local authority to plan, implement, and monitor children and family services.
Today, the core function of the Caroline County Local Management Board remains identifying priorities and targeting resources for Caroline County communities. The Board of Directors serve as the coordinator of collaboration for child and family services. They bring together local child-serving agencies, local child providers, clients of services, families, and other community representatives to empower local stakeholders in addressing the needs of and setting priorities for their communities.