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Board for the Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals

Welcome to the Maryland State Board for the Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals web site. The Board operates under the Maryland Certification of Program Administrators for Residential Child Care Programs Act, Health Occupations Article, Title 20, Annotated Code of Maryland. The State Board is the certification authority of residential child care program administrators (RCCPAs) and residential child and youth care practitioners (RCYCPs) in Maryland.

The Board is mandated to protect the children living in residential child care programs by certifying qualified RCCPAs and RCYCPs, establishing fees, administration of certification examinations, maintaining current roster of all certified individuals, promulgating regulations, verification of credentials, issuance of certificates, establishing requirements for and verification of continuing education, investigation of complaints based on alleged violations of regulations and statutes, and formal and informal disciplining of certified individuals, create committees as deemed appropriate to advise the Board, and submit an annual report to the Governor and Subcabinet for Children, Youth, and Families.

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Certification for Grandfathered Status Applicants--More > >

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BOARD MEMBER OPENINGS- Open and Continuous!

All Board members are appointed by the Governor and serve a four-year term. The Board is seeking applicants for a program administrator and for one residential child and youth care practitioner Board member vacancy that will be vacant as of June 30, 2013. This opening will occur as of July 1, 2013 --More > >

Board meetings are held the second Friday of every month at 9:30 AM. The General Session of the Board is open to the public. The State Board will not meet in August or November.


Board Members

 Albert Zachik, MD, Chair, Mental Hygiene Administration
 VACANT, Residential Child & Youth Care Practitioner
 Patricia Arriaza., Governor’s Office for Children
 Darlene Ham., Department of Human Resources
 Krystal McKinney, Vice Chair, Certified Residential Child Care Program Administrator
 Jennifer Younker, Certified Residential Child Care Program Administrator 
 Dorenzer Thomas, Certified Residential Child Care Program Administrator 
 Carmen Brown, Maryland State Department of Education
 Ertha Sterling-Garrett., Department of Juvenile Services
 Nancy Hatch, Developmental Disabilities Administration
 Ada Pearl Thomas, Consumer
 Brady Daniels, Consumer


Board Staff

 James Merrow, Executive Director
 Gwendolyn Joyner, Deputy Director
 Richard Bloom, Assistant Attorney General, Board Counsel


Office of Governor

Upcoming Events

  • January 10 : Board Meeting
  • January 24 - Snow Date for Board Meeting
  • February 14: Board Meeting
  • February 18 : Standards Exam
  • February 21 - Snow Date for Board Meeting
  • March 14: Board Meeting
  • April 11: Board Meeting
  • May 9: Board Meeting
  • May 14: Standards Exam
  • June 13: Board Meeting
  • July 11: Board Meeting
  • August 20: Standards Exam
  • September 12: Board Meeting
  • October 10: Board Meeting
  • November 19: Standards Exam
  • December 12: Board Meeting

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4201 Patterson Avenue,
Baltimore, Maryland 21215-2299
Phone: 410-764-5996
Fax: 410-358-5674