According to the FY2019 Out-of-Home Placement Report and Resource Plan, the County OOH placement rate for 2019 was 5.5. In actual numbers, the 2019 rate of 5.5 represents 661 County children and youth placed out-of-home. The LMB considers Out-of-Home Placements to be an overarching indicator of the status of the behavioral health of the County’s most vulnerable children and youth.
The large number of children and youth in out-of-home placement is a clear indication of the critical need in Baltimore County for prevention and early intervention strategies targeting ACEs and their behavioral health consequences.
The families of children and youth with serious behavioral health needs face complex challenges when trying to identify and access services within the maze of agencies created to serve them.