Project Connect served a lower than anticipated number of children and families in FY 19. Funding for the program was delayed by several weeks, and then staff underwent significant training in the Project SEEK case management model and also the Circle of Security parenting class program. Furthermore, serving only children under five has also limited the number of children the program can serve.
FY 20: Shortly after the start of HFY2, Project Connect lost it's staff person. Efforts to fill this position were not succcessful, and at the beginning of the 3rd quarter COVID-19 drastically altered the way programs in Carroll County were able to operate. Without a staff person, and with restrictions on any contact inside the local detention center and all state prison facilities, all vists and communication had to halted. In addition, the impact of MD's Justice Reinvestment Act continues to be felt in Carroll County. Fewer individuals are being incarated and those who are are soending signficantly less time in jail. Furthermore, with all MD schools closed, the Handle with Care program that supported referrals to Project Connect has not been operating. For these reasons, Project Connect has closed and wil not be operating in FY 21. A portion of the remainder of FY 20 budget has been re-directed to support COVID relief effort in Carroll County.