The Department of Community Services, through a broad continuum of community-based programs and initiatives, strives to provide quality, cost efficient human services focused on enhancing the quality of life for children, families, older adults, and persons with disabilities while cultivating partnerships to address the needs and interests of the community.
The Department of Community Services is committed to providing quality, cost efficient community-based services to the citizens of Cecil County through four divisions: Community Wellness, Cecil Transit, Aging and Disability Services, and Community Partnerships.
The Community Wellness Division offers a wide array of programming that promotes active and healthy lifestyles, volunteerism and civic engagement, enhanced socialization options and nutrition. This Division provides health promotion opportunities, exercise and fitness programming, community engagement through Volunteer Cecil and the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), nutrition services, the Elkton Senior/Activity Center, the Healthy Lifestyles Fitness Center, Congregate and Home Delivered Meal Programs, Home Shopping Program, Healthy Options Programs and a series of Chronic Disease Self Management Programs, entitled “Living Well Programs”.
Cecil Transit oversees all county transit operations through the implementation of a fixed route and demand response bus service and the Rural Transportation Initiative which includes the Taxi Voucher Program and the Veteran’s Bus Pass Program. Cecil Transit’s fixed route bus system offers connecting service to Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, Perryville, Charlestown, North East, Elkton, Newark and Glasgow. Cecil Transit, also provides transportation services connecting qualified individuals to job placement and training through a contractual agreement with the local Department of Social Services.
The Aging and Disability Services Division provides community-based supports and services through case management, counseling and advocacy. The Division seeks to empower and support the aging population, persons with disabilities, and vulnerable adults in making informed choices regarding community-based programs and services. Programs and services within this division include the Community Options Waiver Program, Community First Choice Program, Veterans Home and Community-Based Services Program, Options Counseling, Senior Assisted Living Group Home Subsidy Program, Senior Care, public guardianship, Ombudsman services and an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). The ADRC offers information, assistance and referral services, advocacy, outreach, and an assistive technology resource library. The ADRC streamlines the eligibility process for state and federal programs, assisting individuals in the Medicare enrollment process, providing health insurance counseling, training, education and caregiver support and respite services.
The Community Partnerships division seeks to build and foster collaborations with public and private entities to evaluate and address the needs of the community. The Division oversees coordination of the County’s Local Management Board, Video Lottery Terminal Local Impact Grants, Neighborhood Youth Panel, Public Relations, and is tasked with developing a Grants Management initiative.