- Systems of Care
Systems of Care is a partnership between all child-serving agencies to meet children and families’ basic needs in a cross system, collaborative model. This multi-tiered approach to providing individualized information and support helps connect children, youth and their families to appropriate resources in the community. Our goal is to provide a single point of entry to link families to services and community-based supports.
Information Resource and Referral Line: 1-800-485-0041
Call Systems of Care Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to receive one-to-one assistance and support over the telephone. Information and referral specialists are available to help callers find local resources including mental health services, food, housing, utilities, crisis or emergency services, mentoring, parent training and education, eligibility screening for benefits and much, much more.
Families with more intensive or complex issues and needs can receive support and assistance from a Family Navigator who can help the family develop an Individualized Action Plan that meets their needs. Navigators can work more intensively with these families, in both their community and their homes as needed to ensure that all needs are addressed. Navigators will also help families identify strengths and learn how to become their own best advocate as they embark on a path towards self-sufficiency. To connect with a navigator by phone, call 1-800-485-0041.
Our Navigators help all children and families in Anne Arundel County but also specialize in the following populations:
Contact: Tracey Cherry, Systems of Care Supervisor
Impact of Incarceration/Kinship Care Navigator
Disconnected Youth – Youth aged 16 to 24 who are not working and/or are not in school.
Contact: Shay Brooks
Disconnected Youth Navigator
Homeless Youth – Youth aged 24 and under who are unaccompanied by a parent/guardian and lack a regular, fixed, safe nighttime residence.
Contact: Gwendolyn Branch
Homeless Youth Navigator
Community Support Teams: CRICT and EC CRICT
Families with complex or intensive issues can also receive support and assistance through our Community Resource Initaitive/Care Teams (CRICT). The Family will complete a simple referral form and be scheduled for a one-hour meeting with team members that can assist their family. At the meeting, team members will help develop an Individualized Action Plan in partnership with the family. After the meeting, the family and our staff (with support from team members) will implement the Action Plan. Our staff will follow up with the family and other involved parties to ensure the family’s needs are met.
The CRICT team serves families with school-aged children (K to 12th grade) while the Early Childhood CRICT team specializes in families with children birth to age five, particularly those with developmental disabilities or delays.
For more information on the CRICT team or to complete a referral/schedule a meeting, contact Ramona Burnett at 1-800-485-0041 or 410-222-7585 or via email at [email protected].
For more information on the Early Childhood CRICT team or to complete a referral/schedule a meeting, contact Sue Powell at 443-679-6629 or via email at [email protected].
- Community of Hope
The Community of Hope- Brooklyn Park sets out to engage the local community and bring more wrap around services and requested supports to families living in Brooklyn Park using a no-wrong door model and a two generation approach. This multi-dimensional approach is led by a diverse group of partners including local agencies, community organizations, residents, business owners and other service providers.
The Community of Hope has two main components:
Family Success Center
The Community of Hope is hard at work developing a Family Success Center in the Brooklyn Park community where residents can access services and supports at a location that is located in their neighborhood and is easy to access. Partners are researching potential locations to ensure the broadest possible access for community residents. In the interim, several service providers can be accessed at the Brooklyn Park Middle School complex on Hammonds Lane. Please stay tuned for more developments and contact our Executive Director, Pam Brown, at 410-222-7652 or [email protected] with any questions.
Teen Drop-In Center
In an effort to provide accessible services and supports for unaccompanied homeless youth and disconnected youth in the Brooklyn Park community, partners are in the process of developing a Teen Drop-In Center. Potential services will include access to a mobile shower unit, washer & dryer, mentors, homework help and other supports. For more information, or to get involved with the design and development of the center, please contact Mizetta Wilson at 410-222-7264 or s[email protected]
In addition, we are working on greening projects to improve both the community environment and increase access to healthy foods, as well as on training and education around trauma-informed practice. Please download our one-page flyer for more information or contact Mizetta Wilson, Community of Hope Director, at 410-222-7264 or s[email protected]
- FY2019 Funded Programs
BEST 2.0: Behavioral and Emotional Support Training
BEST 2.0 is an early childhood intervention program with a home visiting, two-generation component. The program targets the Judy Centers at Hilltop Elementary School (North County) and Belle Grove Judy Center (Brooklyn Park) where many young, homeless parents present. In addition, the program operates parenting groups at the Ordnance Road detention center for both male and female inmates with children, leads play groups around behaviors for parents and children enrolled at the Judy Centers, and connects with Open Book, a child and parent visiting program for early literacy at Ordinance Road Jail.For more information contact:
Candy Place, Assistant Director
Anne Arundel Community College TEACH Institute
Community Conferencing is a restorative justice practice designed to divert first-time non-violent offenders from the juvenile justice system and to reduce rates of suspension and expulsion in schools. Community Conferencing provides a cost-effective and meaningful community-based response to juvenile crime by empowering the community of people affected by the incident (victims, offenders, supporters) to collectively resolve the case themselves. Young offenders are held accountable for their actions; victims have a voice; and everyone decides how to best repair the harm and prevent future occurrences.For more general program information or to discuss a referral to the juvenile crime portion of the program contact:
Vincent Taylor, Community Conferencing Coordinator
A.A. Co. Partnership for Children, Youth and Families
For more information on the school-based component or to discuss a school-based referral contact:Shay Brooks, Disconnected Youth Navigator
A.A. Co. Partnership for Children, Youth & Families
Homeless Youth Street Outreach & Mentoring
This program is designed to address the growing number of unaccompanied homeless youth present in the northern part of Anne Arundel County. The outreach happens two times a week at the Brooklyn Park Library. Please contact Derric Wright for more information about what the program is providing that day.
For more information contact:
Juvenile Intervention Family Independence (JIFI) Project
Two-generation approach that provides family and community support for youth that are facing barriers to success through in home family assessment, substance abuse screening and referral, a strengths based treatment plan that can be presented in court as part of the disposition (sentencing) if appropriate, individual and/or family counseling, mental health wellness and treatment, self help and support groups, referral to job training, and basic supports. JIFI also helps with instruction and assistance with online job applications and online job search in Maryland’s Workforce.
For more information contact:
Kinship Care Support Program
Kinship Care is the formal or informal care and custody of a minor child by a relative (often a grandparent or aunt/uncle) when the child who cannot remain safe in the custody of their parent(s). Kinship caregivers, particularly those in informal relationships (those that don’t involve official placement by the Department of Social Services) face unique challenges in supporting and caring for the children in their custody including access to benefits, health care, and other supports. In a partnership with the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services and the Systems of Care initiative, the Partnership operates a weekly Kinship Care support group where Kinship Care providers can meet and engage with other Kinship providers, as well as participate in training and education on issues that relate to the provision of Kinship Care. In addition, families receive support and assistance from a trained Family Navigator to ensure the needs of both the child and caregiver are met.For more information on the program or to inquire about participation please contact:
Tracey Cherry, Systems of Care Supervisor and Kinship Care/Impact of Incarceration Navigator
Strengthening Families is a 14-session, two generational, evidence-based parenting skills, children's social skills, and family life skills training program specifically designed for high-risk families. Our cycle of SF is geared specifically towards families reunited after a period of incarceration or those under court supervision. This cycle runs in the spring.For more information contact:
Euphemia Griffin, Program Administrator
Restoration Community Development Corporation
The Peak Youth Services Bureau
The Peak is one of 16 youth service bureaus in Maryland offering mental health and counseling services to children, teens and their families at low/no-cost or on a sliding scale. Mental health services include one-on-one counseling, group counseling and family counseling; trauma-based cognitive behavioral therapy for families and individuals; and Aggression Replacement Training. The Peak also offers crisis intervention, information and referral services, mentoring, parenting programs, youth development programs and family engagement programs.
For more information contact:
Youth Empowerment Services (YES)
YES is an in-school mentoring program focused on vulnerable youth from low income families at Brooklyn Park and Lindale Middle Schools. The program uses the evidence based ARISE curriculum for middle-school students. Program components include mentoring, resilience education, substance abuse prevention education, health and wellness education, physical activity, homework help and other academic supports.For more information contact:
Pastor Sheryl D. Menendez, Director
Light of the World Family Ministries