Montgomery County Council Approves Federal Grant to Help Youth

The Montgomery County Council approved a $999,828 grant that will enable the “Bridges to the Future Systems of Care Expansion” project on Dec. 13.

The Council’s Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee recommended that the full Council approve the grant.

The goal of this project is to better meet the needs of disconnected transition age youth age, according to a press release. Youth in the program will have access to youth to adult services, education, vocational rehabilitation, and employment.

The HHS Committee is chaired by Councilmember George Leventhal and includes Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Craig Rice.

“This was a great example of cooperation between the council and the executive to identify federal funding that will expand our ability to help those most in need,” Councilmember Leventhal said in a statement.

The funding will:

Establish a local Child Behavioral Health Care Response Service to serve up to 100 youth per year.

Extend the local system of care to serve youth up to age 24.

Increase the care coordination capacity of the County wraparound program to serve an additional 24 youth.

Expand the Family and Youth Support Partners’ capacity to work with parents or primary caregivers and youth.

Create a culturally and linguistically competent social marketing campaign targeted to families, youth and community.

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