2022 Maryland Statutes
Human Services
Title 8 - Children, Youth, and Families
Subtitle 1 - Definitions; General Provisions
Section 8-101 - Definitions

    (a)    In this title the following words have the meanings indicated.

    (b)    “Agencies of the Children’s Cabinet” includes:

        (1)    the Department of Budget and Management;

        (2)    the Department of Disabilities;

        (3)    the Maryland Department of Health;

        (4)    the Department of Human Services;

        (5)    the Department of Juvenile Services; and

        (6)    the State Department of Education.

    (c)    (1)    “Child in need of out–of–state placement” means a child who is recommended by a public agency for out–of–home placement outside of the State.

        (2)    “Child in need of out–of–state placement” does not include a child:

            (i)    placed in foster care, as defined in § 5–501 of the Family Law Article; or

            (ii)    who is in a hospital for 30 continuous days or less.

    (d)    “Child with intensive needs” means a child who has behavioral, educational, developmental, or mental health needs that cannot be met through available public agency resources because:

        (1)    the child’s needs exceed the resources of a single public agency; or

        (2)    there is no legally mandated funding source to meet the child’s needs.

    (e)    “Core service agency” has the meaning stated in § 7.5–101 of the Health – General Article.

    (f)    “Council” means the State Coordinating Council for Children.

    (g)    “Deputy Director” means the Deputy Director of the Division of Children and Youth of the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services.

    (h)    “Division” means the Division of Children and Youth of the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services.

    (i)    “Evidence–based” means meeting the criteria for an evidence–based early childhood home visiting service delivery model as defined by the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

    (j)    “Executive Director” means the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services.

    (k)    (1)    “Family” means an eligible child’s natural, adoptive, or foster parents.

        (2)    “Family” includes:

            (i)    a guardian;

            (ii)    a person acting as a parent of a child; and

            (iii)    a relative or stepparent with whom a child lives.

    (l)    (1)    “Home visiting program” means a program or initiative that:

            (i)    contains home visiting as a primary service delivery strategy;

            (ii)    offers services on a voluntary basis to pregnant women, expectant fathers, and parents and caregivers of children from birth to kindergarten entry; and

            (iii)    targets participant outcomes that may include:

                1.    improved maternal and child health;

                2.    prevention of child injuries, child abuse or maltreatment, and reduction of emergency department visits;

                3.    improvements in school readiness and achievement;

                4.    reduction in crime or domestic violence;

                5.    improvements in family economic self–sufficiency;

                6.    improvements in the coordination of and referrals to other community resources and supports; or

                7.    improvements in parenting skills related to child development.

        (2)    “Home visiting program” includes those program models identified in the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness project of the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

        (3)    “Home visiting program” does not include:

            (i)    programs with few or infrequent visits;

            (ii)    programs in which home visiting is supplemental to other services; or

            (iii)    in–home services delivered through provisions of an individualized family service plan or an individualized education program under Part C or Part B of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

    (m)    “Hospital” has the meaning stated in § 19–301 of the Health – General Article.

    (n)    “Local behavioral health authority” has the meaning stated in § 7.5–101 of the Health – General Article.

    (o)    “Local management board” means an entity established or designated by a county under Subtitle 3 of this title to ensure the implementation of a local, interagency service delivery system for children, youth, and families.

    (p)    “Office” means the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services.

    (q)    “Promising” means a home visiting program or practice that:

        (1)    does not yet meet the standard for evidence–based practices; and

        (2)    meets the criteria of a promising approach as defined by the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

    (r)    “Public agency” means a State or local government unit or a quasi–governmental entity.

    (s)    (1)    “Residential child care program” means an entity that provides 24–hour per day care for children within a structured set of services and activities that are designed to achieve specific objectives relative to the needs of the children served and that include the provision of food, clothing, shelter, education, social services, health, mental health, recreation, or any combination of these services and activities.

        (2)    “Residential child care program” includes a program:

            (i)    licensed by:

                1.    the Maryland Department of Health;

                2.    the Department of Human Services; or

                3.    the Department of Juvenile Services; and

            (ii)    that is subject to the licensing regulations of the members of the Children’s Cabinet governing the operations of residential child care programs.

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