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Here’s what people are saying about the Collaboration Council:

Dreamers with a Big Dream

All of the people from the Collaboration Council: staff, board members, supporters, and partners, are big dreamers. They believe that all children in our community should be safe, healthy, successful in school, and prepared for life, and they dream they can make it happen. That’s a pretty big dream.

- Debbie Van Brunt, Chair of the Collaboration Council and Mother of two sons with autism who were served through the Collaboration Council

‘I Am Capable of Doing Great Things’

I would like to say thank you to my mother for always loving me and never giving up or losing faith in me. My mentor for all the good times and few bad times that made me grow as a person, Mr. Art Billings for always pushing me to the limit because he knows that I am capable of doing great things and of course Mrs. Kelli Reidford and Maryland Choices for making me realize that I can become someone great if I put my mind to it and never give up.

- Sebastian, a youth served with funding from the Collaboration Council and the Interagency Children’s Fund

A Neutral Role Makes a Difference

If it weren’t for the Collaboration Council and their neutral role, the LCC [Local Coordinating Council] would not be effective and so highly functional.

- Mitzi Ross, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

Partnering for the Whole Child, Family

The value of Local Management Boards is our ability to bring partners together with a focus on the whole child and family. The Montgomery County Collaboration Council, as do the other 23 Local Management Boards, has a role at the systems and program levels to engage its public and private partners, parents and advocates to identify needs and gaps in services to facilitate problem-solving to respond to these needs and gaps.

- Dr. Carol W. Garvey, Board Member Montgomery County Collaboration Council

Leveraging Dollars and In-Kind Support

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families is utilizing wraparound as a funding mechanism that allows a portion of “deep-end” dollars to be redirected to prevention and early intervention services.

Through this redirection, Montgomery County is fostering the growth of culturally competent, community-based services that can be used for all children and youth in need. In partnership with child-serving agencies, the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families is increasing resources in the community by leveraging all available dollars and in-kind support.

- Celia Serkin, Executive Director Montgomery County Federation of Families for
Children’s Mental Health, Inc.

Keeping Children in Their Homes, Community

The resources that flow from the Governor’s Office for Children-from the Children’s Cabinet Interagency Fund-to local needs for children through LMBs [Local Management Boards] are vital resources that keep children in their home and community, and prevent children from needing more costly restrictive levels of care.

- Jane A. Walker, LCSW, Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Letter dated February 20, 2009 to Delegate Norman Conway and Senator Ulysses S. Currie

Working Together

If it weren’t for the Collaboration Council, agencies - public and private - would not be working so hard - and together, on behalf of some of our neediest children.

- Kathy Lally, Former Executive Director, Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families