Montgomery County Executive Appoints New Members to the Latin American Advisory Group

Date: Jun 10, 2015

Family Services, Inc. (FSI) is proud to announce that Claudia Rios-Phelps, Special Assistant to the CEO on Emerging Community Needs, has been selected as one of the newest members of the Latin American Advisory Group (LAAG), appointed by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett.

The purpose of the Advisory Group is to ensure that the County Executive is well informed of and able to act effectively to respond to the needs and concerns of Latinos living and/or working in Montgomery County. This includes Latino leadership, safety and justice, health and human services, economic development, education, Latino youth, and a range of other issues.

Primary tasks of the LAAG include but are not limited to:

• Advise the County Executive on the needs and concerns of Latinos living and/or working in Montgomery County.

• Reach out to the Latino community in Montgomery County to bring their needs and concerns to the attention of the County Executive and to inform them of County programs and resources beneficial to them.

• Identify and recommend to the County Executive candidates for County positions, including boards, committees, and commissions so the
County workforce and advisory committees better reflects the changing faces of Montgomery County.

• Identify opportunities for increasing the cultural competence of the County government workforce to better serve Latinos in the County and for enhancing the public's awareness of the culture, traditions, and history of Latinos in Montgomery County.

• Identify opportunities for increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations and faith communities serving Latinos in Montgomery County.

• Identify opportunities for collaboration of public, community, and private organizations to better serve the County’s Latino community.

• Perform other duties as requested by the County Executive, including reviewing and commenting on existing or proposed Federal, State,
County, or Municipal legislation, regulations, policies, or programs that affect Latinos living and/or working in Montgomery County.

About Family Services, Inc.
Family Services, Inc., a part of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, is the oldest private non-profit social service organization in Montgomery County, Maryland. Founded in 1908, FSI currently operates over 36 distinct programs throughout Montgomery and Prince George's Counties and reaches over 25,000 people each year. FSI has extensive experience developing and implementing in-home and community-based services for individuals, children, adolescents and families. FSI provides prevention and early intervention programs which address family functioning and child development, operates Montgomery County's domestic violence shelter for women and their children, provides holistic psychiatric rehabilitation services to promote health and wellness to persons with persistent mental illness, and operates an adult medical day program. Programs are delivered by culturally and linguistically appropriate professionals and para-professional staff who represent 50 different countries and speak 42 languages.

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Family Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization


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