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Baltimore County Department of Social Services
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2130

Phone: 410-853-3000
TTY users call via Maryland Relay

Created in 1936, the mission of the Baltimore County Department of Social Services is to:

  • Promote individual well-being, stronger families and communities
  • Protect vulnerable children and adults from abuse and neglect
  • Provide the supports to help people achieve and sustain independence

Agency Leadership

Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE
Director, Baltimore County Health and Human Services
Director, Department of Social Services

Mark Millspaugh
Deputy Director, Department of Social Services

Staffing and Organizational Structure

Consisting of approximately 600 staff, Social Services is divided into four divisions:

  1. Family Investment Program
  2. Family Services
  3. Children Services
  4. Adult and Community Services

Key Responsibilities of the Department of Social Services

  • Administers entitlement and benefit programs such as Temporary Cash Assistance, the Food Supplement Program, Medical Assistance and Energy Assistance.

  • Investigates reports of child and adult abuse and neglect. Offers continuing family services, homeless services, in home aide services.

  • Provides family-centered safe homes for children who cannot remain in their homes. Provides referrals to foster treatment facilities for children who are physically or emotionally vulnerable.

  • Administers the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program through the Housing Office.

  • Provides leadership and staffing for shelter operations in County emergency events.

Agency Reports

View the fiscal year 2015 Department of Social Services annual report (PDF).

Revised May 10, 2016         


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