Commissioners approve Citizen Services grant submissions, acceptances

Carroll County Times

The Board of County Commissioners moved forward on planning for the Family and Children’s Services new domestic violence shelter, and grant submissions and acceptances for the Money Follows the Person and Veteran Directed Home and Community Based Services programs Thursday.

The Department of Citizen Services’ Money Follows the Person program provides information to institutionalized individuals about available services and programs that may assist them with moving to a community setting, Department of Citizen Services staff explained to commissioners July 12.

Individuals living in nursing homes or other institutional settings, who want to explore the option to return to the community, will be referred for counseling in order to make those moves if they would like to.

MFP’s budget calls for $5,500 and commissioners approved the grant submission and the acceptance of funds for use between July 1 and Dec. 31 of this year.

Veteran Directed Home and Community Based Services

The veteran program — a collaboration between the Maryland Department of Aging, Veterans Administration Medical Center and several area agencies on aging — has a proposed budget of $44,456 for use between now and June 30, 2020.

“Veterans enrolled in the program self-direct and manage services that may be used to supplement or meet the veteran’s long term care support needs without resorting to assisted living or nursing home care,” Citizen Services Director Christine Kay said Thursday.

And case management services will be provided to a maximum of five qualified Carroll County veterans.

“Some of the services they could select from include case management services, personal care services, home repairs and maintenance, meal preparation, laundry, emergency management, yard work and companionship services,” said Aging and Disabilities Bureau Chief Celene Steckel.

Commissioners approved the grant submission and acceptance of the funds.

Family and Children’s Services domestic violence shelter

Citizen Services also requested the county approve their development of a plan for a new domestic violence shelter, submit a Community Development Block Grant for it, and advertise a public hearing.

Currently, Family and Children’s Services uses a shelter donated by Carroll County Hospital for its domestic violence shelter services, but come 2019 the space will no longer be available.

The first part of the proposed project includes the construction of a shelter for survivors of elder abuse, domestic violence and their children at FCS’s West End Place location, which would effectively double the size of the building with a 10,000-square-foot addition.

This past year, the current DV shelter provided 59 survivors and children with emergency shelter for a total of 1,684 bed nights. Other services located at the new facility will include the DV hotline, counseling, crisis intervention, long term case management, medication management and help with connecting to local resources.

“We are the sole provider of domestic violence services here in Carroll County, operating the domestic safe house,” said CEO F. T. Burden at the meeting. “A couple of years ago we applied for funding through the state … and received about $2 million to expand our domestic violence services to family violence support — which went beyond inter-partner violence and would allow us to provide services to victims of elder abuse, gang violence, sex trafficking, etc.

“So as a result,” he said, “we’ve been revamping all of our programs to meet this expanded need of services to these various populations.”

The total cost for the first phase of the project would be $3,225,000, and commissioners approved the request to develop the plan and submit the CDBG application.

“I applaud you for your forward-minded thinking in trying to bring everything together,” said Commisioner Wantz, R-District 1. “i think its a good project, I’ve said that to you before.”

The entire meeting and board discussion from Thursday, July 12, can be found on Carroll County government meeting portal website.

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