Bill No.
1-11
Concerning:
Administration
Department of Health and Human
Services - Duties
Revised: 3/1/2011
Draft No. 6
Introduced:
January 18, 2011
Enacted:
March 1, 2011
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Councilmembers Leventhal, Navarro, and Rice
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ACT to:
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authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to provide direct access to
health care;
authorize the Department to administer programs to reduce disparities in access to
health care, preventative health services, and human services;
authorize the Department to provide health education and promotion programs;
amend the functions of the Commission on Health; and
generally amend the law regarding health and human services and health and
sanitation.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 2, Administration
Section 2-42A
Chapter 24, Health and Sanitation
Sections 24-22 and 24-24
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act;
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Sec. 1. Sections 2-42A, 24-22, and 24-24 are amended as follows:
Division 7A. Department of Health and Human Services.
2-42A. Functions, powers, and duties.
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Powers ofthe Department..
The Department may:
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collect data on the health status of County residents, including
health disparities and inequities, and on the need for services and
the effectiveness of programs;
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(15) conduct studies and investigations; [and]
(16) provide direct access to health care;
01.} administer programs to reduce disparities in access to health care,
preventive health services, and human services based on gender,
race, ethnicity, and poverty;
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provide health education and promotion programs; and
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carry out any other functions that are necessary to achieve the
purposes ofthis Section.
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Duties ofthe Department.
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The Department provides staff support to [the]:
(A) the Commission on Children and Youth;
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Commission on Aging;
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(C) the Community Action Committee;
(D) the Commission on Child Care;
(E) the Commission on People with Disabilities;
(F) the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council.
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the Mental Health Advisory Council.
the Juvenile Court Committee;
the Commission on Health;
the Board of Social Services;
the Adult Public Guardianship Review Board; [and]
the Victim Services Advisory
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the Advisory Board for the Montgomery Cares Program;
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any program created to achieve health equity among
County residents.
24-22. Policy.
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is the policy of Montgomery County to protect and promote the
public health and safety and general welfare by fostering the
development of a health care system that provides [[for all citizens,]]
financial and geographic access to quality culturally and linguistically
Qompetent health care at a reasonable cost for all County residents. To
accomplish this purpose", it is essential that plans for maintaining the
health of [[the citizenry]] County residents and developing health
services to meet the current and future health needs of [[the citizens of
the county]] Countv residents be prepared, programs to implement these
plans be developed and executed, and proposed developments or
alterations of health services be publicly reviewed and commented
[[upon]] on. Health planning should address the overall health status of
County residents", [[and]] health disparities within social, economic,
geographic, racial and ethnic groups, and the effects of social
determinants ofhealth on County residents.
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24-24. Functions.
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To advise the County Executive and the County Council, the
Commission must:
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Periodically reVIew available County public health programs,
services, and facilities and data on the health status of the County
population and subgroups within
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Comment on gaps, deficiencies, or duplication in County public
health programs, services, and
disparities and inequities;
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including health status
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status data;
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Advise on local public health planning needs based on health
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Valerie Ervin, President, County Council
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy o/Council action.
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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk ofthe Council
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