Why a Local Management Board?
As required by Executive Order
01.01.2005.34, each jurisdiction in Maryland is required to
"…establish or designate a local management board to ensure
the implementation of a local, interagency service delivery
system for children, youth and families." Local management
boards (LMBs) in Maryland's twenty-three counties and
Baltimore City may elect to be either a quasi-public, non-
profit corporation; a public agency as part of local
government, as is the case in Worcester County; or a
regional non-profit corporation or public agency created to
represent more than one jurisdiction. LMBs are
administratively funded by the state legislature through the
Governor's Office for Children.
What Does The Worcester
County Local Management Board Do?
Worcester County's Initiative To
Preserve Families, as the LMB is known locally, is
responsible for planning, coordinating, monitoring and in
some cases funding a comprehensive network of services and
resources for children, youth and families. LMBs do not
provide traditional "direct services" to individual clients
but instead work with citizens, public agencies, private
organizations, and community groups as a catalyst to bring
together existing resources and services in innovative ways.
By building and supporting partnerships among public and
private service providers new and necessary resources can
also be developed.
LMB efforts emphasize
prevention, early intervention and community-based services
which promote safe, stable and healthy environments for our
children and their families. The central task of the Board
of Directors, who are appointed by the Worcester County
Commissioners, is to assist in planning and coordinating
county-wide efforts which build and enhance services for our
youth in a fiscally responsible manner. The Board's
challenge is to call on existing resources and to support
the development of new ones without overlaps or gaps in