Federal Health & Human Services Has Resources for Your County, Citizens

The US Department of Health & Human Services offers a range of services designed to help state and county agencies in service delivery.

martha_okaforMany social service programs – notably Medicaid and “Welfare” (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) – are driven by federal funds and support. Counties in Maryland may benefit from offerings of the regional office of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Recently-appointed Regional Administrator Dr. Martha Okafor is seeking to build partnerships within Maryland, to maximize the effectiveness of a range of federal/state/local programs serving needy residents.

These resource links are from the HHS website:

Maryland Child Care
Supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children’s learning by improving the quality of early care.

Maryland Child Support
Assures that assistance in obtaining support (financial and medical) is available to children through locating parents and establishing paternity.

Maryland Child Welfare
Provides for the safety, permanency, and well being of children.

Maryland Head Start and Early Head Start
Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services.

Maryland Runaway and Homeless Youth
Family and Youth Services Bureau – Runaway and Homeless Youth
Assists youth who have run away from home or have become homeless for other reasons.

Maryland Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Provides assistance and work opportunities to needy families. The assistance is time-limited and promotes work, responsibility and self-sufficiency.



Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties