Welcome to the Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS)

The Department of Community Resources and Services has eight 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 makes it easier for Howard County residents to access the vital human services they need to thrive.

  

DCRS NEWS and PUBLICATIONS

 

NEW! Howard County’s New ‘Master Aging’ Event Will Reframe the Concept of Aging for Older Adults

Learn to reframe your concept of aging and consider new and innovative ways to age well at Howard County’s Master Aging: Engage, Educate, Inspire on Saturday, October 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Howard Community College (HCC), 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, in Columbia, MD 21044. The event will be held in three buildings within easy walking distance of each other on HCC's campus - Duncan Hall, the Health Sciences Building and the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. Admission is $1.00. Read more about Master Aging...

 

County Executive Ball Seeks Applicants for Commission for Transitioning Students with Disabilities - Deadline to apply is Friday, September 6

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is currently seeking applicants, specifically a student with a disability and agency provider who serves individuals (a transitioning student) with disabilities, interested in serving on the Commission for Transitioning Students with Disabilities. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 6, 2019. Read more...

 

Photo of Erin Bonzon, administrator of the Office of Children and FamiliesCounty Executive Ball Announces New Office of Children and Families Administrator 
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced Erin Bonzon, MSW, MSPH, as the new head of the Howard County Office of Children and Families (OCF), effective immediately. One of eight offices under the Department of Community Resources and Services, OCF works in concert with the community to coordinate, develop, expand and enhance children and family services in Howard County. OCF also provides access to early childhood supports and resources. Read more...

 

County Executive Ball Seeks Members for Howard County’s Commission for Veterans and Military Families
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is seeking applicants who are interested in serving on the Commission for Veterans and Military Families. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 23, 2019.To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be Howard County residents, 18 years of age or older, have an interest in veteran and military family affairs, and be able to attend the Commission’s meetings on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Howard County Community Resources Campus, 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive in Columbia. Read more...

 

2019 Report on the Status of People with Disabilities in Howard County

This report by the Howard County Commission on Disabilities examines Howard County’s ability to provide services to the County’s residents with disabilities in the areas of Education, Peer Relationships, Employment, Transportation and Housing. The goals of the nearly year-long study were to identify unmet needs of persons with disabilities and their support networks in those areas and to provide a range of recommendations to address those needs. To view the report, click here. A limited number of hard copies are available; to request one, contact Erica Lewis at 410-313-6402 (voice/relay) or ealewis@howardcountymd.gov

 
Coming Events

 

Logo for the Master Aging event on October 19

Saturday, October 19 / 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044
NEW! Register for the Keynote Address

Meet Master Aging keynote speaker and author Kerry Hannon!

"Master Aging: Engage, Educate and Inspire" is a conference-style event with seminars, exhibitors and entertainment for the 50+ community. This new format replaces the 50+EXPO, and will take place on Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at our new location on the campus of Howard Community College (HCC) in Columbia. Visit www.howardcountymd.gov/masteraging for details.

 

Invitation to the 2019 Commission on Disabilities awards ceremony

Commission on Disabilities Annual Awards

Join the Commission on Disabilities as they recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals and organizations that advance full participation in community life for all people and promote the spirit and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability rights laws. For more information, click on the invitation above. To request accommodations or RSVP, contact Erica Lewis by September 26 at 410-313-6402 (voice/relay) or ealewis@howardcountymd.gov.  

 

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