The Somerset County Local Management Board (SCLMB) 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 SCLMB 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 Successful in School
- Children Completing School
- Children Safe in their Families and Communities
- Stable and Economically Independent Families
- Communities Which Support Family Life
By analyzing demographic data and talking to both key informants and members of the community, the SCLMB 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 SCLMB 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, Somerset County's LMB 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 Somerset County Local Management Board is not a provider of services.