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Program Description

  Health and Human Services

The attorneys in this division act as counsel and give legal advice to the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Office of the Director and Management Services; Adult Mental Health; Aging and Disability Services; Children, Youth and Family Services; Child Welfare Services; Crisis, Income and Victim Services; Emergency Services; and Public Health Services. The attorneys also represent Child Welfare Services in the Juvenile Court, in cases involving child abuse and child neglect, and Aging and Disability Services in the Circuit Court, in adult guardianship cases.

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Program Contacts

Contact Carolyn Kilgariff of the Office of the County Attorney at 240.777.6766 or Philip Weeda of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2780 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY16Actual FY17Estimated FY18Target FY19Target FY20
Number of children in need of assistance (CINA) or guardianship hearings 12,2382,9082,4272,4272,427
Number of adoptions granted2215202020
Number of CINA cases closed176168169169169
Number of new adoption petitions filed2217191919
Number of new CINA petitions filed170170174174174
Number of new termination of parental rights (TPR) petitions filed 22946333333
Number of termination of parents rights (TPR's) granted 31838272727
Child welfare litigation - ratio of termination of parental rights (TPR) and child in need of assistance (CINA) adjudicated granted or denied100%100%100%100%100%
1  The number of guardianship hearings increased in FY17 because judges request for hearings more frequently than the law requires. With the youths getting ready to age out of foster care at age 21, the judges will often require hearings to monitor progress. In addition, the Office of the Public Defender will often request for more frequent review hearings.
2   The number of Termination of Parental Rights petitions filed is determined by the number of times the court challenges a child's plan for reunification to adoption. The increased number of adoption cases in FY17 could reflect more serious cases coming into Juvenile Court where reunification with a parent cannot be achieved and/or more cases with sibling groups. The increase in the number of petitions filed reflect the judges' commitment to permanency in Juvenile Court.
3  The number of Termination of Parental Rights petitions filed is determined by the number of times the court challenges a child's plan for reunification to adoption. The increased number of adoption cases could reflect more serious cases coming into Juvenile Court where reunification with a parent cannot be achieved and/or more cases with sibling groups. The increase in the number of petitions filed reflect the judges' commitment to permanency in Juvenile Court.
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Program Budget Changes

FY19 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY18 Approved12622337.40
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-7552-0.30
FY19 Approved12546817.10