[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Charles County 1-7-2014 by Bill No. 2013-18. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Human Relations Commission — See Ch. 70.
Human Resources Committee — See Ch. 72.
Women's Commission — See Ch. 140
Mental health services — See Ch. 187.
Editor's Note: This chapter was originally adopted as Ch. 180, but was renumbered to maintain the alphabetical organization of the Code.
There shall be a Charles County Advocacy Council for Children, Youth, and Families, formerly known as the Charles County Local Management Board.
The function of the Charles County Advocacy Council for Children, Youth, and Families is to plan, direct, coordinate, and ensure that an integrated, collaborative and comprehensive interagency service delivery system for children, youth, and families exists in Charles County. As the designated local management board for Charles County, the Charles County Advocacy Council for Children, Youth, and Families will also monitor programs/contracts for performance and compliance; ensure that policies and procedures are in place as required; and maintain jurisdiction support through this designation.
Key roles and responsibilities include:
Strengthening the decision-making capacity at the local level;
Designing and implementing strategies to achieve clearly defined results for families and children;
Maintaining standards of accountability for locally agreed upon results for children and families;
Influencing the allocation of resources across systems as necessary to accomplish the desired result;
Coordinating children and family services within the jurisdiction to eliminate fragmentation and duplication of services and to establish noncategorical services;
Creating an effective system of services, supports, and opportunities that improve outcomes for all children, youth, and families;
Operating based on locally agreed upon principles concerning service delivery and the community's commitment to its families and children;
Representing local residents, communities, and state and local government; and
Shifting the programmatic focus to prevention and early intervention strategies.
The Board shall consist of at least 11 members but no more than 15, and of the group, seven shall be representing each of the following:
Charles County Department of Health/Core Service Agency/Mental Hygiene Administration;
Charles County Department of Juvenile Services;
Charles County Public Schools;
Charles County Department of Social Services;
Charles County Sheriff's Office representative;
Charles County government (Department of Community Services); and
Charles County Courts.
These public sector representatives shall be either the director or senior representative of their respective organizations or a designee with programmatic and fiscal decision-making authority within the organization.
Of the members, at least 51% of the membership must be from the public sector, with no more than 49% of members representing the private sector (such as parents, children, advocacy groups, private service providers, etc.).
The Charles County Advocacy Council for Children, Youth, and Families shall adhere to the guidelines and regulations set forth by the Governor's office for children's policies and procedures manual.