SAGES (Strengthening Adolescent Girls through
Education and Support)
Program Summary: SAGES is
a non-residential, gender specific program for girls who are
experiencing difficulty or conflict in school and at home.
Direct Impact on 4 domains of wellness: intellect, sexual,
emotional, and family and relationships.
Population: Worcester County at-risk middle school girls
experiencing one or more of the following: academic
underachievement, delinquency, substance abuse, truancy,
physical/emotional abuse, absentee parents, parental
incarceration and social difficulties, acknowledged risk
factors for involvement in the juvenile justice system.
HIPPY (Home Instruction Program for Preschool
Program Summary: The Home
Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a
successful, proven, early intervention, home-based, parent
involvement, school readiness program. It helps parents
prepare their three-, four-, and five-year-old children for
success in school. HIPPY programs increase parent’s
involvement as primary educators of their children in the
home and community to maximize the chances of successful
early school experiences.
Target Population: Northern
Worcester County families with children ages 3 – 5.
Pocomoke Elementary (PES) and Buckingham Elementary
(BES) After School Academies
Promote academic success and character development for
at-risk students as determined by FARMS (students who
qualify for free or reduced lunch), grades kindergarten
through third, by providing remedial, enrichment, and
recreational activities during after school hours. Academies
provide an opportunity for students to engage in enriching
activities after the school day.
Pocomoke Elementary and Buckingham Elementary School at-risk
Pocomoke Middle/High (PMS/PHS) and
Snow Hill Middle/High (SHMS/SHHS) After School
Program Summary: Enhance life skills for
students in grades four through twelve, by providing
opportunities for students to participate in career
exploration and development activities.
Population: Pocomoke Middle/High after school academy
participants and Snow Hill Middle/High after school academy
Community Service Centers (CSC)
Program Summary: This strategy encompasses the development
and operation of two community-based, walk-in, interagency,
single point of access (SPA) Community Service Centers (CSC)
serving as consumer “portals” to an integrated, coordinated
system of services and resources. One CSC is located in the
north end of the county (Berlin) while the other is located
in the south end (Pocomoke). Both locations are in CSAFE
Communities. In their respective communities, the CSC’s,
increase consumer awareness of and access to a wide array of
coordinated, integrated services in a neutral,
non-threatening environment staffed by individuals
cross-trained to provide direct links to both public and
private-sector single-service providers.
Population: Worcester County residents in need of services,
with focus on the Berlin and Pocomoke CSAFE communities
Summary: For those families who need additional assistance
beyond a simple referral, the Systems Navigation function is
utilized within the LAM. In systems navigation, the family
is assisted with identifying strengths and needs and
obtaining necessary services. The individuals who provide
the systems navigation are available to families as they
present themselves. Some families may simply need assistance
in systems navigation—identifying specific resources and
gaining access to services.
Target Population: Worcester
County youth and families
Building Initiative (Renamed Parent Resource Center/Parent
Program Summary: A
countywide approach to enhance the quality of established
parent education programs, supplementing parent resources
providing technical assistance to family program providers.
The Assets in Motion Committee (AIM) will utilize the Asset
approach to train adult and youth volunteers. Additionally,
the AIM will assist in coordinating the activities of the
Worcester County Youth Council.
Worcester County Families, youth, and parent education
Just for Girls and Just for Girls 2
and Just for Girls 3
Program Summary: Provide
after school program which has the following focus: minority
and at-risk students, by providing middle school girls with
a gender specific, abstinence only, substance abuse
prevention, homework assistance, social skills training,
peer education, community service and recreation.
Population: Snow Hill Middle/Berlin Intermediate/Pocomoke
Middle School girls
Program Summary: Funding for community-based services and
community-based out-of-home placements for children with
mental or developmental disabilities not in State custody,
regardless of eligibility for the State Medical Assistance
Target Population: A child with a mental
illness or a developmental disability not in State custody,
(regardless of eligibility for Medical Assistance) who is:
1) in an out-of-home placement and is recommended for
discharge but the child’s family is unwilling or unable to
have the child return home; or 2) remains in the home but
the child’s family is unable to provide appropriate care for
the child without additional services and the child is at
risk of requiring an out-of-home placement or the treating
professionals have recommended an out-of-home placement.
Community Services Initiative (CSI)
CSI uses state funding to create local resources that will
give communities the capacity to serve their most
challenging children and their families in less restrictive,
24-hour environments within the setting of the family’s home
and community. The goal is to reduce the number of children
sent to in-state and/or out-of-state facilities.
Population: Worcester county youth with intensive needs that
may be served appropriately in their home community with
additional community based supports.
Coordinating Council (LCC)
Interagency body established in each local subdivision in
Maryland for the purpose of developing and implementing
plans of care for the residential placement, or alternatives
to residential placement, of children with special needs.
Worcester County’s Family
Program Summary: A
countywide approach to develop and establish Respite/Crisis
Foster Homes, expand Crisis Response Services, enhance the
intensity and scope of existing family support services,
enhance the efficacy of the existing Sex Offenders Program
and reducing the recidivism rate, and furnish the new Child
Advocacy Center (CAC).
Target Population: Children with a
mental illness or a developmental disability not in State
custody (ages 0-21) who are: In an out-of-home placement and
has been recommended for discharge but the child’s family is
unwilling or unable to have the child return home; or
remains in the home but the child’s family is unable to
provide appropriate care for the child without additional
services and the child is at risk of requiring an
out-of-home placement or the treating professionals have
recommended an out-of-home placement.