NOTICE! The Bain 50+ Center will be closed on Monday, July 24 for needed repairs. We apologize for the inconvenience. To find an alternate Howard County 50+ center, visit or call 410-313-1234.

Welcome to the Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS)
The Department of Community Resources and Services represents more than just a name change for the Department of Citizen Services. We now have seven offices to address the needs of multiple generations, tailor services to different cultural values, and promote full inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Plus, our No Wrong Door approach will make it easier for Howard County residents to access the vital human services they need to thrive. 

DCRS in the NEWS!

NEW! The Howard County Office of Children and Families (OCF) has announced a new partnership 

with the Howard County Public School System and local licensed child care centers 

to promote early childhood programs and school readiness. The initiative will help

 to familiarize students with the school environment and develop their readiness for school. Learn more about this new initiative. 

County Executive Allan H. Kittleman has appointed Jackie Scott as Director of the Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS.) Scott has served as Acting Director since May and Deputy Director in the department since September 2013. The appointment is effective immediately. Read more...