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Boards and Commissions

Boards and commissions give citizens a voice in their government and provide a means of influencing decisions that shape the quality of life for the residents of Baltimore County. Participation with boards and commissions is one of the most effective steps citizens can take in becoming an active voice in their government.

Animal Hearing Board

The Animal Hearing Board hears and rules on appeals of citations issued under the County's animal control laws and makes recommendations on matters related to enforcement, regulation of animal holding facilities, animal cruelty and other animal issues.

Animal Services Commission

The Animal Services Advisory Commission advises the County Council and the County Executive on issues including animal care and welfare, animal rescue and adoption, control of the animal population, animal bite prevention, zoonotic disease transmission, standards for animal shelters, and training of personnel and volunteers.

Board of Health

The Board of Health establishes policies pertaining to health services within the County, including the system of public health clinics. The Board investigates and studies the causes of disease, epidemics, nuisances affecting public health and the prevention of contagious diseases.

Child Protection Panel

The Child Protection Panel assists the State Citizen's Review Board for Children and the State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect in evaluating the extent to which State and local agencies are effectively discharging their child protection responsibilities.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council

The Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council develops strategies and priorities that aim to meet the substance abuse prevention and treatment needs of the Count. The Council expands, strengthens and sustains an integrated prevention, intervention, and treatment system that will reduce the incidence and consequence of substance abuse and related problems in Baltimore County.

Human Relations Commission

The Human Relations Commission addresses interagency relations in the areas of employment, housing, education, public accommodations and in any other field where intergroup relations are in question.

Local Management Board

The Local Management Board facilitates collaboration across child-serving agencies, and promotes effective partnerships with public and private stakeholders.

Mental Health Advisory Council

The Mental Health Advisory Council serves as an advocate for a comprehensive mental health system for persons of all ages. The Council also serves as an advisory group to the Baltimore County Bureau of Behavioral Health, which serves as the Core Services Agency for the County.


Revised September 16, 2016        

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