The Local Care Team in Calvert County has been organized and run through the Core Services Agency for the past several years. With funding from the Children's Cabinet, the Local Management Board supports a full-time Local Care Team Coordinator to provide permanent staff support to the Team to ensure youth with intensive needs received comprehensive support services. The LCT Coordintor ensures a coordinated system for Local Care Team Case Referral and tracking, maintains a comprehensive resource database, collects data and ensures follow up services.
Under Maryland Code (Human Services §8-407) a Local Care Team shall:
1) be a forum for:
a) families of children with intensive needs to receive assistance with the identification of individual needs and potential resources to meet identified needs; and
b) interagency discussions and problem solving for individual child and family needs and systemic needs;
2) refer children and families to:
a) care management entities when appropriate; and
b) available local and community resources;
3) provide training and technical assistance to local agency and community partners;
4) identify and share resource development needs and communicate with the care management entity, local core service agencies, provider networks, local management boards, and other local care teams in surrounding jurisdictions; and
5) discuss a request for a voluntary placement agreement for a child with a developmental disability or a mental illness under § 5-525 of the Family Law Article.