Provider Advisory Council

The Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) understands the significant role of its providers in serving children and families in the child welfare system. As such, DHS formed a Provider Advisory Council (PAC). The role of the PAC is to advise and make recommendations to the DHS Secretary regarding pertinent and critical child welfare issues.

The PAC includes both Residential Child Care (RCC) Agencies and Child Placement Agencies (CPA) representatives and is co-chaired by the DHS Social Services Administration (SSA) and a provider representative. The PAC meets bi-monthly, or more often if necessary, with the Executive Directors of SSA and OLM and other designated DHS staff.

The Council will continue to provide consultation to DHS as well as collaboration with DHS regarding matters pertaining to services to children, regulations and policies relating to payment services, health, safety, permanency, and well-being.