The Office of the State's Attorney for Cecil County works in collaboration with many different agencies and organizations in the community whose missions are to safeguard children, families, seniors and initiate practices that promote public safety in communities. The programs listed below come under the umbrella of protecting Families.
Cecil County Child Advocacy Center Cecil County Department of Social Services
P.O. Box 1160, Elkton, MD 21922
Tel: 410.996.0254/ FAX: 410.392.4098
The Cecil County Child Advocacy Center (CCCA) is an organization whose mission is to partner for the better investigation and assessment of abuse allegations, prosecution of offenders, and treatment for children and families impacted by child abuse and neglect.
The Center is a collaboration of agencies that facilitate multidisciplinary team investigations of child maltreatment and offers direct services to the child and family during and after the investigation. These organizations include the Office of the State's Attorney for Cecil County, Cecil County Department of Social Services, Ceci County Sheriff's Department, Elkton Police Department, Maryland State Police "55 Barrack "F, " among others.
The CCCAC provides a place and oversees a process whereby law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, and mental health professionals work as partners for the best outcome for the child, ensuring that abused and neglected children receive a comprehensive and sensitive response.
To report suspected child abuse, call 410.996.0100 and ask for Child Protective Services.
Cecil County Child Fatality Review Board Cecil County Health Department
410 Bow St., Elkton, MD 21921
The Cecil County Child Fatality Review (CFR) Board is a community-based committee that reviews all child fatalities, identifies preventable child deaths and makes recommendations for changes in policy and practice to improve the health and safety of children in the community. Contact: Carol Kin, R.N.C., B.SN
Partners include: local hospitals, law enforcement, public schools, health department, government officials, state departments, emergency medical services, social services, local management board and the state's attorney's office.
Cecil County Family Violence Coordinating Council
The Family Violence Coordinating Council of Cecil County is comprised of representatives from law enforcement, the judicial system, county government and other agencies. It meets once every two months to discuss domestic violence issues to better serve the community.
CC Community Health Advisory Committee
In 1995 the community Health Advisory Committee was formed with a common goal to improve the health of our county residents. It is composed of representatives from local agencies and community volunteers. Currently the CHAC has task forces to develop and implement a health plan for the following health priorities: Life Styles and Nutrition; Cancer; Tobacco; Accidents; and Alcohol and Drug.
Cecil County Health Department Accidents Task Force Cecil County Health Department
The Accidents Task Force (ATF) was created by the CC Community Health Advisory Committee (see above) to address the prevention of unintentional injuries and deaths. Motor vehicle accidents are by far the leading cause of unintentional injuries and the Task Force analyzes the risk factors for motor vehicle accidents and develops plans to prevent them. One program is to conduct Prom Promise activities for high school students through a collaborative effort of the Task Force members and Cecil County school principals.
Partnerships include the Maryland Highway Safety Office, State Highway Administration, law enforcement, public schools, Cecil Community College, local health department, government officials, emergency medical services, local management board, social services, state's attorney's office and community volunteers.
CC Maternal & Child Health Improved Pregnancy Outcomes Systems
Cecil Partnership for Children, Youth and Families
P.O. Box 1484, Elkton, MD 21922
170 E. Main Street, Elkton, MD 21921
Tel: 410-620-0762/ FAX: 410-620-3802
Cecil Partnerships for Children, Youth & Families, Cecil County's Local Management Board, is the agency responsible for assessing existing programs, identifying gaps, and developing new programs to address the needs of Cecil County's children, youth and families. It is a quasi-public, non-profit organization that has become a resource for community-based project development and equipping various groups to meet the needs of their community.
Cecil Partnerships' goals are to promote safe, healthy, educated, and independent families and to provide opportunities to support and improve parent, youth and child development. The organization works with the county's child-serving agencies and organizations to develop a comprehensive planning process that emphasizes interagency collaboration, accountability, and citizen involvement with local decision-making authority.
Jane Doe Program Cecil County Department of Social Services
106 Bow St., Elkton, MD 21921
Office hours: 24/7
Contact: Colleen Ellis, RN.FNE.CEN
The Jane Doe Program is a collaborative effort between Union Hospital, county and state police offices, Cecil County Office of State's Attorney and the Cecil County Domestic Violence Rape Crisis Center. It allows victims of sexual assault an opportunity to provide police with physical evidence and details about a rape offense without filing a formal report. The anonymous reporting is offered as a last resort to rape victims who otherwise would not report the crime, allowing the hospital to collect crucial physical evidence which could be used in the prosecution of the defendant if a report is filed at a later date. The program gives rape victims the time to think about what they should do after they get their medical needs met and have been able to get the counseling they need.
Under the program, the law enforcement agencies in Cecil County know that a rape has been reported but nothing more. The rape kit sits in police storage and is destroyed after three months if the victim doesn't file a formal report within that period of time.
Juvenile Sex Offender Task Force
170 E. Main St.
Elkton, MD 21921
The Juvenile Sex Offender Task Force has developed a curriculum for a treatment group to serve juveniles who sexually offend. A provider has been secured and the Task Force is now seeking referrals. Contact: David Trolio.
Perinatal/Child Death Community Action Team
Cecil County Health Department 401 Bow Street, Elkton MD 21921
Telephone: (410) 996-5168
The Perinatal/Child Death Community Action Team follows up on recommendations to the improve service systems and community resources identified by the Child Fatality Review Board and Fetal Infant Mortality Review Board and develops strategies to improve the health and safety of children in the county through coordination with community partnerships.
Partners include: local hospitals, public library, law enforcement, public schools, college, health department, government officials, emergency medical services, local management board, social services, state's attorney's office and community volunteers.
Sexual Assault Response Team (S.A.RT.) Cecil County Department of Social Services
Elkton District Court/Multi-Service Bldg.
170 E. Main Street, Elkton, MD 21921
P.O. Box 1160
Tel: 410.996.0100/FAX: 410.996.0464
The Cecil County Sexual Assault Response Team includes the state's attorney's office, state police, the county sheriff's department and other local law enforcement agencies, DSS, and the Domestic Violence Rape Crisis Center. SART meets quarterly to address issues concerning services to victims of sexual assault. During meetings cases are reviewed and ideas for improving services discussed. Contact: Anne Bean.
Seniors and Lawmen Together (SALT) Council Cecil County Department of Aging
214 North St.
Elkton, MD 21921
Started in 1996, the Cecil County SALT Council is part of a larger state-wide organization called TRIAD, composed of three groups working together: AARP, the MD Sheriff's Association, and the MD Chief's Association. Local agencies in participating in SALT include the State's Attorney's Office, CC Departments of Aging, Health, and Social Services, and the CC Sheriff's Office and county police departments.
SALT has initiated several programs for the health and safety of county senior citizens, including the Are You OK? program, Refrigerator Info Cards program, and the Lights in Rural Areas program. Most recently, SALT has created a team of professionals who travel to Senior Centers to conduct presentations on and answer questions about senior issues. Contact Susan Twigg at the Department of Aging for more information about SALT programs.