DCRS: A No Wrong Door Approach

The Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) provides vital human services through its eight offices and 10 boards and commissions. 

Our values are clear. Our offices and our 10 sites serve multiple generations in a multi-cultural community and promote full inclusion and community engagement for persons with disabilities. 

No Wrong Door approach makes it easier for Howard County residents to access the vital human services they need.

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DCRS adds Adult-Use Cannabis Advisory Panel

Established in July 2024, this new Panel will operate under our Office of Community Partnerships. It will study the implementation of adult-use cannabis in Howard County and make recommendations on how it can promote health, public safety, business, and social & racial equity in the adult-use market. The Panel will also provide input on the granting of Community Reinvestment & Repair funding to community organizations working in disproportionately impacted areas.

Community members needed to serve on panel. Applications due August 9, 2024.

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Listen to HoCo Community Chat!

Hosted by Jackie Scott, director, DCRS, the HoCo Community Chat podcast provides an entertaining way for DCRS to communicate and engage in great conversations on how to live your best life in Howard County.

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Our Offices

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ADA Coordination

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The Office of ADA Coordination provides technical assistance to the public and County Government to ensure that disability-related policies, procedures and practices are implemented in conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability rights laws. The Office also provides informal guidance to the public in disability rights matters involving non-public entities.

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Aging and Independence

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The Office on Aging and Independence promotes the full inclusion of persons with disabilities, addresses the needs of an increasingly diverse cultural community, and supports the desires of our residents to remain independent as they grow older.

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Children and Families

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The Office of Children and Families supports the early childhood system so that children can reach their full potential, offering support for families; training and mentoring early childhood professionals; consulting on early childhood issues; maximizing resources and implementing evidence-based programming.

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Community Partnerships

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The Office of Community Partnerships promotes collaboration among Howard County’s human service providers to support individuals seeking to attain self-sufficiency. The Office also administers the County’s Community Services Partnership Grant program; coordinates the County’s response to homelessness; and supports initiatives of the Howard County Board to Promote Self- Sufficiency.

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Disability Services

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The Office of Disability Services promotes the self-sufficiency and well-being of individuals with disabilities through information, referral, advocacy and education. The Office serves as a critical link to a network of community services focused on ensuring that those living with disabilities who reside and/or work in Howard County have the supports they need to be successful.

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Human Trafficking Prevention

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The Office of Human Trafficking Prevention helps prevent human trafficking in Howard County, Maryland, and beyond. Its mandate - to prevent both sex and labor trafficking - is fulfilled in part through the work of the Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinating Council (HTPCC).

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Local Children's Board

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The Office of the Local Children's Board is comprised of public and private members working collaboratively to ensure a strong continuum of services for families and children in our community. The Office works in partnership with the Governor's Office for Children to ensure children grow up healthy, secure and successful.  The Office also manages the MultiService Center, which offers ready access to human services and supports for becoming self-sufficient.

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Veterans and Military Families

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The Office of Veterans and Military Families recognizes the growing needs of veterans who call Howard County home. The Office provides guidance, information and access to Howard County veterans, military families, their dependents and survivors; promotes activities for veterans of all ages; and collaborates with other service providers to address more complex issues and navigate available resources. 

 

DCRS Information/Event Request Form

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Community Resources and Services participating in and/or speaking at your event. To make a request, please complete and submit the following form at least two weeks prior to the event, and allow five business days for decisions to be made.

Our Boards, Commissions & Panels

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Adult-Use Cannabis Advisory Panel

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Established in July 2024, the Panel will study the implementation of adult-use cannabis in Howard County and make recommendations on how the County can promote health, public safety, business, and social and racial equity in the adult-use market. The Panel will also provide input on the granting of Community Reinvestment and Repair funding to community organizations working in disproportionately impacted areas.

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Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency

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The Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency (BPSS) is a planning and coordinating body for initiatives that promote the economic stability of individuals and families and reduce the incidence of poverty in Howard County.  

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Commission on Aging

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The Commission on Aging promotes successful aging for older adults in Howard County and envisions a county in which older adults age 50 and older can live safely, comfortably, securely, independently and productively. The Commission researches legislation at the county and state level that impacts the health and wellbeing of older adults and their families; and provides testimony when appropriate.

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Commission on Disabilities

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The Commission on Disabilities increases public awareness of disability-related issues; serves in an advisory capacity on County  ADA programs and policies; and works with County Government to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Commission for Transitioning Students with Disabilities

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The Commission for Transitioning Students with Disabilities  advises county government to establish an effective, efficient, and comprehensive delivery of services that will meet the needs of Howard County students with disabilities as they transition from high school to postsecondary education, employment, and adult life. 

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Commission for Veterans & Military Families

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The Commission for Veterans and Military Families helps ensure that the issues of Howard County veterans and military families are addressed "effectively and efficiently." The Commission advises the County Executive and the County Council of the needs of veterans and military families and maintains a list of available resources.

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Commission for Women

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The Commission for Women promotes the economic, social and political equality of women. The Commission has the authority to conduct studies, review progress, recommend action, and carry out activities to support this purpose.

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Human Trafficking Prevention Coordination Council (HTPCC)

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Established in 2019 by County Council Bill 52-2019 and comprised of 23 members, the HTPCC advises County Government on human trafficking prevention measures. The Council also conducts outreach and educational efforts to spread awareness of the warning signs of human trafficking.

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Local Children's Board

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The Local Children's Board comprises public and private members working collaboratively to ensure a strong continuum of services for families and children in our community. Also known as the Local Management Board, the Board works in partnership with the Governor's Office for Children to ensure children grow up healthy, secure and successful.

Know before you go!

DCRS' Emergency Status Hotline (410-313-7777) keeps you informed about the opening/closing status of our facilities during a weather event or other emergency. This includes our Patuxent Woods office, the Loan Closet, the Family Support Center, the Multiservice Center, and 50+ Centers.

Know before you go to any of our facilities for meetings, classes or other programs. 

DCRS Emergency Status Hotline

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Team

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Jacqueline R. Scott
Director of Community Resources & Services
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Cheryl Mattis
Deputy Director

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