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§ 8-1004. System for outcomes evaluation

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHuman ServicesEffective: June 1, 2023

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Human Services (Refs & Annos)
Title 8. Children, Youth, and Families (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 10. Programs for Children in Out-of-Home Placement--Standards for Staff and System for Outcomes Evaluation (Refs & Annos)
Effective: June 1, 2023
MD Code, Human Services, § 8-1004
§ 8-1004. System for outcomes evaluation
Establishment of a system for outcomes evaluation
(a) On or before July 1, 2008, the Office and the cooperating departments shall develop, coordinate, and implement a system for outcomes evaluation.
Purpose of the system for outcomes evaluation
(b) The system for outcomes evaluation shall be used to:
(1) monitor the care, supervision, education, and treatment provided by State-operated and State-supported programs described in § 8-1001(d)(2) of this subtitle so that successful services can be expanded and services that do not produce positive results can be identified;
(2) establish an evaluation system for program performance, including measures of safety, quality, and effectiveness; and
(3) complete an assessment of the capacity of the programs described in § 8-1001(d)(2) of this subtitle in the State that identifies programs in each community to serve the needs of a family that resides in the community.
Standardized measures of function
(c) The system for outcomes evaluation shall use standardized measures of function to evaluate the child's:
(1) protection from harm while in out-of-home placement;
(2) stability of living environment;
(3) family situation and efforts to treat and counsel the family unit;
(4) educational and vocational development;
(5) job skills and employment readiness;
(6) legal and appropriate use of drugs and alcohol;
(7) progress in learning positive, nonaggressive behavioral habits; and
(8) delinquency status.
Confidentiality of information
(d) The system for outcomes evaluation shall ensure that collection and use of data in the system maintains confidentiality of information on the children from the cooperating departments.
Duties of department
(e) The system for outcomes evaluation shall ensure that a cooperating department shall:
(1) facilitate the participation of programs described in § 8-1001(d)(2) of this subtitle operated by the cooperating department or private agencies with which the cooperating department has a contract for the placement of children in out-of-home care; and
(2) include in the cooperating department's contract with a private program provisions requiring the program to collect and report to the cooperating department:
(i) child-specific demographic information; and
(ii) data necessary to evaluate changes in functioning of the child as provided in subsection (c) of this section.
Confidentiality of personal information
(f) When reporting demographic information and data under subsection (e) of this section, a cooperating department:
(1) may not disclose personal identifiers; and
(2) shall ensure the confidentiality of the information about the children under its responsibility.
(g) On or before October 1 of each year, the Department of Human Services, in coordination with the other cooperating departments, shall submit a report to the Governor and, in accordance with § 2-1257 of the State Government Article, to the General Assembly on the progress of implementing the system for outcomes evaluation.


Added as Human Services § 8-1003 by Acts 2007, c. 133, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2007. Renumbered as Human Services § 8-1004 and amended by Acts 2009, c. 591, § 1, eff. July 1, 2009; Acts 2009, c. 592, § 1, eff. July 1, 2009. Amended by Acts 2019, c. 8, § 5; Acts 2023, c. 47, § 1, eff. June 1, 2023; Acts 2023, c. 48, § 1, eff. June 1, 2023.
MD Code, Human Services, § 8-1004, MD HUMAN SERV § 8-1004
Current with all legislation from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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