2015 Bright Idea
Winners:
Garrett County, MD
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
Maryland

In Garrett County, Maryland, 48 percent of the active TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) caseload had a history of child abuse or neglect. To address this issue, the county developed an easy-to-use screening tool for all TANF applicants, offering high-risk cases Family Preservation and other services, lowering the percentage of abuse and neglect to 23 percent.