||Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR)
||Unduplicated count of children in Maryland with either an indicated or unsubstantiated finding of child maltreatment (physical and sexual abuse, mental injury-abuse, neglect, and mental injury-neglect) during the State fiscal year
||Number of children under age 18 years from CDC Bridged-Race Population Estimates Data Files and Documentation
||All races/ethnicities (aggregated)
At this time, a target has not been set for this measure. In SFY 2014, DHR implemented Alternative Response, a
new approach for managing low risk reports of child abuse and neglect. This approach will result in safer kids,
stronger families and significantly fewer indicated and unsubstantiated findings. It uses a family “strength-based
approach” for responding to a credible report that a child has been abused or neglected. Therefore, the number of findings of maltreatment will significantly decrease beginning in SFY 2014. After two to three years of baseline data, a new target will be set for this measure.