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Mission Statement

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) assures delivery of a full array of services to address the somatic and behavioral health, economic and housing security, and other emergent needs of Montgomery County residents. To achieve this, the Department (directly and/or via a network of community partners) develops and implements policies, procedures, programs, and services that: 1) offer customer-focused direct care and supports; 2) maximize financial and staffing resources to deliver services through effective management, coordination, and pursuit of strategic funding opportunities; 3) pilot and evaluate innovative approaches to service delivery and systems integration; and 4) develop, enhance, and maintain a broad network of community-based organizations, public agencies, and private entities to promote and sustain partnerships, which increase the availability of needed services.


Budget Overview

The total approved FY20 Operating Budget for the Department of Health and Human Services is $327,947,503, an increase of $8,714,190 or 2.73 percent from the FY19 Approved Budget of $319,233,313. Personnel Costs comprise 55.95 percent of the budget for 1,445 full-time position(s) and 342 part-time position(s), and a total of 1,683.09 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 44.05 percent of the FY20 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • A More Affordable and Welcoming County
  • Thriving Youth and Families
  • A Greener County
  • Effective, Sustainable Government
  • Safe Neighborhoods


Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY19 estimates reflect funding based on the FY19 approved budget. The FY20 and FY21 figures are performance targets based on the FY20 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY21.

Weighted percentage of HHS customers satisfied with the services they received from HHS staff9898979797
Weighted composite of HHS client cases that demonstrate beneficial impact from received services: Improved health and wellness (1-100 scale)5651555555
Weighted composite score of HHS client cases that demonstrate beneficial impact from received services: Greater independence (1-100 scale)8287909090
Weighted composite score of HHS client cases that demonstrate beneficial impact from received services: Risk mitigation (1-100 scale)7775808080
Percentage of client cases needing assistance with multiple services for which effective team formation is documented (Service Integration Cases) 19090939393
Percentage of client cases needing assistance with multiple services for which effective team functioning is documented (Service Integration Cases) 28084858585
Status of findings from major audits - Percentage of findings fully or substantially completed4444506070
1  The goal is for integrated service delivery to begin at any point of entry into Department services, and represent an on-going process throughout the client's involvement with HHS.
2  The goal is for integrated service delivery to begin at any point of entry into Department services, and represent an on-going process throughout the client's involvement with HHS.


  • The Montgomery County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall opened in Rockville on May 21, 2018. The Memorial includes the names of 130 County service members who lost their lives or were reported missing in action in Vietnam during the war. Over 400 people attended the event, including dozens of Vietnam War Veterans.
  • Bone Builders, a popular fall prevention and bone strengthening program, tripled in size. The program is primarily held at County Recreation Centers and is facilitated using minimal staff time and dedicated volunteer leaders.
  • Linkages to Learning (LTL) is one of four programs highlighted in Montgomery County's winning application to the 2018 Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange (WCTE), an international network that shares welcoming initiatives to integrate newcomers in their communities. In November 2018, LTL conducted local site visits with peers in Germany and attended a final conference to collectively discuss lessons learned and strategies for the application of welcoming initiatives in both countries.
  • The East County Opportunity Zone Project continues to build a network that supports workforce development, health and wellness, and parent engagement in an under-served community. It has provided assistance with eviction prevention, utility disconnection prevention, childcare services, vocational employment assistance, senior services, behavioral health services, and assistance with somatic health.
  • The Early Childhood Services ChildLink Program conducted the Pregnant and Parenting Teen Speaker Series at a total of 5 high schools in FY18, serving a total of 83 teens. The series will expand to six high schools in FY19. This program is one of the Department's two generation poverty alleviation strategies.
  • The Welcome Back Center of Suburban Maryland offered services to internationally trained health professionals - including 80 nurses, 20 behavioral health professionals, and 3 physicians - who are working towards licensure and/or certification in the healthcare field to secure jobs in Maryland. Program clients hired as Registered Nurses saw a 282 percent increase in wages on average.
  • In FY18, the African American Health Program (AAHP) expanded Healing Our Village (HOV) into community outreach engagement sites - 1,391 individuals received blood glucose, blood pressure, and BMI screening at community events. HOV's expansion of services includes one-on-one counseling at places such as apartment complexes, churches, post offices, and other sites.
  • The Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI) released volume three in their mental health photo-novel series, entitled "More Than Just Stress," which communicates issues around Asian American adolescent mental health to parents and community leaders and provides youth with resources to address mental health challenges.
  • In FY18, School Health Services (SHS) case managed 17,833 children in Montgomery County Public Schools with chronic health conditions, including asthma, diabetes, and life-threatening allergic reactions. SHS also handled 642,237 student visits to Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) health rooms, which resulted in 88 percent of children returning to class.
  • The Maternity Partnership Program provided prenatal care to 1,557 County women through partnerships with hospital-based clinics, plus home visiting case management provided by County staff. The program continues to have excellent health outcomes, with 96 percent of the babies born to women delivering through Maternity Partnership program having a healthy birth weight.
  • In partnership with the Interagency Commission on Homelessness, the Inside (not Outside) Initiative was launched with the goal of ending chronic homelessness in the County. Chronic homelessness is defined as long-term homelessness for people with disabilities. In FY18, 250 chronically homeless individuals were placed in permanent housing. This is more than twice as many people housed than in FY17.
  • The Department participated in the State-wide Rapid Rehousing Learning Collaborative sponsored by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and the University of Maryland. Through this collaboration, the County's Rapid Rehousing program placed 21 households in permanent housing in less than 100 days.



  • Funding was provided for a new Senior Home Sharing Program. In FY20, this pilot program will connect senior home providers who have a spare room with home seekers interested in a long-term housing option. This home sharing arrangement can work when renters find it difficult to find affordable rental housing and home providers either need extra income or prefer living with another person who can offer social connection and/or assist with tasks, errands, and costs related to property maintenance.
  • An additional $1 million was provided permanent supportive housing services to sustain the County's commitment to end chronic homelessness.
  • In FY18, Trauma Services opened a supervised visitation and exchange program called the Safe Passage Center. The Safe Passage Center provides supervised visits and exchange services to families with a domestic violence protective order and families undergoing contentious divorces, if ordered by a judge. This program reduces stress to domestic violence victims and keeps children safe and secure during their visits with the non-custodial parent

  • Provide funding for school health room staff for new school facilities and to implement the Maryland Atticus Act related to vision and hearing screening for children.
  • Increase the hours of operation for the County's Secured Monitored Exchange and Supervised Visitation Center from 28 to 38 hours per week.
  • For the Healthcare for the Uninsured Program, funding was provided to increase the number of encounters for Montgomery Cares by 2,000, enhance Care for Kids medical and dental services, provide additional immunizations for Montgomery Cares clients, increase the income eligibility threshold for clients in the Maternity Partnership Program, expand specialty care for Montgomery Cares clients, and increase the per visit reimbursement rate for Montgomery Cares.
  • Provide a three percent inflationary increase to non-profit service provider contracts.
  • For behavioral health services, funding was provided to expand EveryMind's text and chat supportive listening services from 9PM to 12AM daily, and to provide two additional mental health therapists in County schools.
  • Enhance services for clients of the African-American Health Program, Asian-American Health Initiative, and Latino Health Initiative to continue to reduce health disparities in those communities.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • The Mobile Integrated Health program matches high utilizers of emergency medical services (EMS) with public and private social services. The program is a partnership between the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service and Adult Protective Services (APS) in collaboration with several hospitals and other social care agencies. The program has reduced EMS transports and corresponding Emergency Department usage by approximately 50 percent for this population.
  • The Department initiated a Medication Management Program within the County in partnership with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). EMS has a trusted relationship with County residents and is therefore well-positioned to introduce the Medication Management program to residents who might benefit from the program.
  • During FY 2018, the Adult Behavioral Health Program connected 75 percent of clients with a primary care provider and continued to develop collaborative work relationships with the Primary Care Clinics.
  • Children, Youth, and Family Services (CYF) and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) have developed a shared data platform to review and monitor the educational status of youth. The two programs piloted are Linkages to Learning (LTL) and Child Welfare Services (CWS) foster care. The goal is to ensure early intervention services are provided when there are educational concerns, maintain close collaborative contact between staff in both agencies, and promote academic achievement/success among our youth.
  • Child Welfare Services has developed a Transitioning Youth Learning Collaborative (LC), focused on older youth (ages 17-21) in foster care. The LC goal is to enhance the preparation and readiness of youth who are aging out of the Child Welfare system by developing a County-wide collaboration of service providers that can work together to ensure that youth aging out-of-care possess the necessary skills to sustain independence and to realize their full potential.

  • The Child Care Resource and Referral Center implemented an outreach campaign entitled "Growing Family Child Care Opportunities" to support family child care providers interested in starting a family child care home and to advise parents on the importance of choosing licensed care. By the end of FY18, 18 new providers were registered with the State. Each of these providers will work closely with peer mentors, trainers, and the Quality Enhancement Specialist for Family Child Care to build their programs to meet quality standards and to sustain their small businesses.
  • The Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI) released a Mental Health Toolkit, entitled "Staying Well and Living Fully," that aims to provide culturally competent, reliable information about mental health for community leaders and members to share with their respective communities. The toolkits are train-the-trainer materials meant to empower community leaders.
  • The Community Action Agency partnered with CountyStat to integrate datasets from its Self-Sufficiency Standard for Maryland 2016 report together with Census population data to create an online dashboard, the Interactive Self-Sufficiency Standard 2016. This award winning, interactive tool graphically depicts the income required to support various family types. This tool assists policy-makers and community partners in better understanding the profile of Montgomery residents living above and below the Self Sufficiency Standard.
  • Care for Kids provided primary healthcare services for 5,531 uninsured children. In FY18, the program piloted Behavioral Health services that included bilingual substance abuse treatment and integrated behavioral health in pediatric primary care. The goal is to expand the pilot and ensure access to Behavioral Health for all Care for Kids children.
  • Services to End and Prevent Homelessness underwent a reorganization to increase effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery. This process renamed the service area to one that better aligns with the goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and one-time only.
  • Partnered with Pathways to Housing to apply for a Grant for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. The group was awarded $398,929 to hire an integrated team to provide homeless street outreach.


Collaboration and Partnerships

Data Sharing Platform with Montgomery County Public Schools

Children, Youth, and Family Services and MCPS have developed a shared data platform to review and monitor the educational status of youth. The two programs piloted are Linkages to Learning (LTL) and Child Welfare Services foster care. The goal is to ensure early intervention services are provided when there are educational concerns, maintain close collaborative contact between staff in both agencies, and promote academic achievement/success among our students.


Montgomery County Public Schools

East County Opportunity Zone Network

The East County Opportunity Zone Project continues to build a network that supports workforce development, health and wellness, and parent engagement in an under-served community. It has provided assistance with eviction prevention, utility disconnection prevention, childcare services, vocational employment assistance, senior services, behavioral health services, and assistance with somatic health.


Department of Recreation, Non-Profits

Homelessness Coordinated Entry System

Services to End and Prevent Homelessness worked with the Continuum of Care system, a County-wide public-private partnership, to implement a strategy for prioritizing individuals and families for housing and services based on their needs. The new Coordinated Entry System maximizes resources by using a common assessment tool to assign the most appropriate housing intervention based on a household's vulnerability.



Circle Time with Friends

Early Childhood Services ChildLink partnered with Montgomery County Public Libraries and the Department of Recreation to raise the importance and awareness of early literacy by offering Circle Time with Friends. This forum allows parents and caregivers to interact with their children through reading and participating in activities and allows children to learn social skills by interacting with their peers. The program will be expanded to other recreation centers.


Department of Public Libraries, Department of Recreation

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Community Action Agency Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) served 1,936 households, helping individuals and families receive almost $5 million in tax refunds, including $1.3 million in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refunds. Seventy-seven volunteers supported the program, giving over 2,100 hours.



Budget Trends
Program Contacts

Contact Victoria Buckland of the Department of Health and Human Services at 240.777.1211 or Joshua Watters of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2800 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages88725986.0095569784.00 93410055.00 101387684.006.1
Employee Benefits32353279.0032986976.00 31969644.00 35199634.006.7
County General Fund Personnel Costs121079265.00128556760.00 125379699.00 136587318.006.2
Operating Expenses107412299.00111540984.00 111154487.00 112399931.000.8
County General Fund Expenditures228491564.00240097744.00 236534186.00 248987249.003.7
Full-Time852.00879.00 879.00 885.000.7
Part-Time309.00313.00 313.00 312.00-0.3
FTEs1211.741237.71 1237.71 1247.310.8
Core Health Services Funding2957863.004554327.00 4554327.00 4554327.000.0
Federal Financial Participation Reimbursements14353114.0014333640.00 15395700.00 15395700.007.4
Health and Human Services Fees1169318.001100000.00 1163850.00 1163850.005.8
Health Inspection: Restaurants1849395.002000000.00 1828560.00 1828560.00-8.6
Health Inspections: Living Facilities267452.00254470.00 247650.00 247650.00-2.7
Health Inspections: Swimming Pools550445.00566250.00 549770.00 549770.00-2.9
Marriage Licenses241065.00300000.00 240000.00 240000.00-20.0
Medicaid/Medicare Reimbursement4352087.002341220.00 2637820.00 1866750.00-20.3
Miscellaneous Revenues250.00100000.00 0.00 0.00-100.0
Nursing Home Reimbursement849559.00697130.00 775860.00 775860.0011.3
Other Charges/Fees474037.00435550.00 393650.00 412470.00-5.3
Other Fines/Forfeitures3975.001650.00 3500.00 1650.000.0
Other Intergovernmental2319774.003483090.00 3966630.00 4082518.0017.2
Other Licenses/Permits69184.00263230.00 261430.00 261430.00-0.7
County General Fund Revenues29457518.0030430557.00 32018747.00 31380535.003.1
Salaries and Wages34599288.0034428593.00 34428593.00 34423620.000.0
Employee Benefits12162762.0012423692.00 12423692.00 12471788.000.4
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs46762050.0046852285.00 46852285.00 46895408.000.1
Operating Expenses38693208.0032283284.00 32283284.00 32064846.00-0.7
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures85455258.0079135569.00 79135569.00 78960254.00-0.2
Full-Time557.00554.00 554.00 560.001.1
Part-Time36.0029.00 29.00 30.003.5
FTEs436.97432.65 432.65 435.780.7
Federal Grants26562152.0021364867.00 21364867.00 20880523.00-2.3
HB669 Social Services State Reimbursement37533949.0037731200.00 37731200.00 37778633.000.1
Miscellaneous Revenues630344.000.00 0.00 231664.000.0
State Grants19039535.0020039502.00 20039502.00 20069434.000.1
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues83765980.0079135569.00 79135569.00 78960254.00-0.2
Total Expenditures313946822.00319233313.00 315669755.00 327947503.002.7
Total Full-Time Positions1409.001433.00 1433.00 1445.000.8
Total Part-Time Positions345.00342.00 342.00 342.000.0
Total FTEs1648.711670.36 1670.36 1683.090.8
Total Revenues113223498.00109566126.00 111154316.00 110340789.000.7
FY20 Approved Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Permanent Supportive Housing Funding to Sustain the County's Commitment to End Chronic Homelessness [Permanent Housing]10000000.00
Enhance: Funding for School Health Room Staff for New School Facilities [School Health Services]4562874.79
Enhance: School Based Mental Health Services [Child & Adolescent School & Community Based Services]2000000.00
Enhance: Increase Secured Monitored Exchange and Supervised Visitation Center Hours of Operation from 28 to 38 Hours per Week [Forensic Services - Adult]1750000.00
Enhance: Enhance Legal Representation for Residents Detained for Deportation Proceedings [Office of the Director]1700000.00
Enhance: Increase Number of Montgomery Cares Encounters by 2,000 [Health Care for the Uninsured]1614000.00
Add: Expand Crittenton Services to East County (Matching Funds) [Chief Children, Youth & Families]1500000.00
Enhance: Montgomery Cares Immunizations [Health Care for the Uninsured]1000000.00
Enhance: Care for Kids Medical and Dental Services [Health Care for the Uninsured]1000000.00
Add: Senior Home Sharing Pilot Program [Senior Community Services]870000.00
Enhance: Provide Funding to Open the New Linkages to Learning Center at Maryvale Elementary School [Linkages To Learning]800001.00
Enhance: Linkages to Learning Program Enhancements at Summit Hall and Kemp Mill Elementary Schools [Linkages To Learning]756460.50
Add: Implementation of Atticus Act (Vision and Hearing Screening for Children) [School Health Services]713390.62
Enhance: Increase Income Eligibility Threshold for the Maternity Partnership Program [Health Care for the Uninsured]628000.00
Enhance: Montgomery Cares Specialty Care [Health Care for the Uninsured]550000.00
Enhance: Expand Everymind's Text and Chat Supportive Listening Services [24-Hours Crisis Center]547500.00
Enhance: Latino Health Initiative Program Enhancement [Office of Community Affairs]500000.00
Enhance: Asian American Health Initiative Program Enhancement [Office of Community Affairs]500000.00
Enhance: African American Health Program Enhancement [Office of Community Affairs]500000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY20 Compensation Adjustment44197140.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY19 Personnel Costs17880460.00
Increase Cost: Three Percent Inflationary Increase to Non-Profit Service Provider Contracts13542300.00
Increase Cost: Home Care Services Contract [Home Care Services]4900000.00
Increase Cost: Adjust Budget for the Community First Choice Nurse Monitoring Program to Address Structural Budget Deficiencies [Home & Community Based MA Waiver Services]4839180.00
Increase Cost: Adjust Budget for the Enterprise Integrated Case Management System and Electronic Health Records System to Address Structural Budget Deficiencies [Office of the Chief Operating Officer]4200000.00
Increase Cost: Adjust Budget for In-person Interpretation and Translation Service to Address Structural Budget Deficiencies2880000.00
Increase Cost: Risk Management Adjustment2205180.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY19 Lapsed Positions2010700.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment1964460.00
Increase Cost: African American Health Program Enhancements (Annualization of FY19 Special Appropriation, Resolution 18-1302) [Office of Community Affairs]1585000.00
Increase Cost: Increase Montgomery Cares Reimbursement Rate by Two Dollars per Visit [Health Care for the Uninsured]1559500.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of Adult Drug Court Therapist Costs [Specialty Behavioral Health Services]999801.00
Increase Cost: Respite Care Rate [Respite Care]694460.00
Increase Cost: Adjust Budget for Crossroads Youth Opportunity Center to Address Structural Budget Deficiencies [Positive Youth Development]505690.00
Increase Cost: Inflationary Increase to African American Health Program Service Provider Contract [Office of Community Affairs]390000.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment377950.00
Increase Cost: Replace Grant Funding Reduction for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program with General Funds [Office of Community Affairs]221200.00
Increase Cost: Health Department Accreditation Fee [Chief Public Health]140000.00
Technical Adj: Technical Adjustment03.68
Re-align: Adjust Funding for Maternity Partnership Program to Reflect Service Demand [Health Care for the Uninsured]-1020500.00
Shift: Position Transfer from HHS to OHR [Office of the Director]-114241-1.00
Decrease Cost: Eliminate a Long-term Vacant Medical Doctor Position [Tuberculosis Program]-124550-1.00
Re-align: Office of the Chief Operating Officer Administrative Overhead-1277130.00
Decrease Cost: Adjust Residential Rehabilitation General Fund Supplement [Behavioral Health Planning & Management]-2001090.00
Decrease Cost: Delay Implementation of the Youth Drop-in Center [Homeless Single Adult Services]-2465000.00
Shift: Transfer Management of Conservation Corps Contract to the Department of Environmental Protection [Behavioral Health Planning & Management]-3241770.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of the Handicap Rental Assistance General Fund Supplement [Permanent Housing]-3296790.00
Re-align: Adjust Funding for Working Parents Assistance Program to Account for Decreased Utilization due to State Child Care Subsidy Enhancements [Child Care Subsidies]-32000000.00
FY20 APPROVED2489872491247.30
Federal/State Programs
Enhance: Pregnant Women and Children - MD Kids Grant Funds535893-2.00
Enhance: Group Senior Assisted Housing Grant Funds3616570.00
Enhance: Services to End and Prevent Homelessness Grant Funds2850800.00
Enhance: Kresge Foundation Opportunity Ecosystems Grant Funds2316640.00
Add: New Babies Born Healthy Grant Funds2000001.00
Reduce: State Reductions to Cancer Grant Funds-132036-2.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Technical Adj: Technical Adjustment336476-4.40
Increase Cost: Change in Funding Allocation for Sexual Assault Rape Crisis funds - Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) - Rape Crisis Intervention Grant Funds [Trauma Services]2019780.00
Increase Cost: Increase Cost to Senior Care Grant Funds [Assessment & Continuing Case Management Services]1995250.00
Increase Cost: House Bill 669 Grant Funds4743317.04
Technical Adj: Funding Shift for Community Mental Health Grant Funds [Behavioral Health Planning & Management]0-6.71
Decrease Cost: STD/HIV Grant Funds [STD/HIV Prevention & Treatment Program]-664300.20
Shift: MFP Opt. Counseling Grant Funds [Home & Community Based MA Waiver Services]-962500.00
Decrease Cost: Change in Award Term of Victims of Crime/General Grant Funds [Trauma Services]-2805090.00
Re-align: Infants and Toddlers Consolidated Local Implementation Grant (CLIG) Funds [Infants & Toddlers]-19997960.00
FY20 APPROVED78960254435.78
Function Summary
Program NameFY19 APPR
Aging and Disability Services51641899173.0954549082173.09
Behavioral Health and Crisis Services45894990221.4545481514218.25
Children, Youth and Family Services86946818547.7386249584551.23
Public Health Services74727198495.7477258146502.77
Services to End and Prevent Homelessness2281449370.502453461476.50
Administration and Support37207915161.8539874563161.25
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY19
Correction and RehabilitationGeneral Fund00.001065380.75
PoliceGeneral Fund733691.001007701.00
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
FY20 Approved248987.000000248987.000000248987.000000248987.000000248987.000000248987.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Restore One-Time Lapse Increase0.000000398.000000398.000000398.000000398.000000398.000000
Restore lapse of the Youth Drop-in Center and partial year lapse of the Senior Home Sharing Pilot Program.
Labor Contracts0.0000001558.0000001558.0000001558.0000001558.0000001558.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures248987.000000250942.000000250942.000000250942.000000250942.000000250942.000000