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Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention

100 Community Place

First Floor Conference Room Sides A &B

Crownsville, MD 21032

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The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention is pleased to announce the first Handle with Care Maryland Summit on July 31, 2019. This one day summit will offer innovative best practices to help mitigate the effects experienced by children’s exposure to trauma through the Handle with Care Maryland program. Handle with Care provides the school with a “heads up” when a child has been identified by law enforcement and first responders at the scene of a traumatic event. Schools are responding with interventions to help mitigate the trauma and mental health providers support schools by providing services on and off site. Handle with Care promotes safe and supportive homes, schools, and communities that protect children and help traumatized children heal and thrive.

As a result of this summit, participants will:

1. Better understand the impact of trauma on a child’s ability to learn;

2. Identify crimes impacting local schools and students; and,

3. Be better prepared to implement proven classroom and school-wide interventions to help students exposed to trauma


9:15 - 10:00 am Registration

10:00 am - 10:15 am Welcome Remarks

  • Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford

10:15 am - 10:30 am Handle with Care Maryland Overview

  • V. Glenn Fueston, Jr., Executive Director, Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention

10:30 am - 12:00 pm ACE Interface Training

  • Lt. Veto Mentzell, Program Director, Child Advocacy Center, Harford County Sheriff's Office

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch (provided) - Screening of Raising America: Wounded Places

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Panel: Barriers and Best Practices

  • Kelly DaCunha - Manager of Partnerships and Wellness, Baltimore Child Abuse Center
  • Timmeka Perkins - Juvenile/Victim Assistance Program director, Anne Arundel County Police Department
  • Jason Stoddard - Director of School Safety and Security, Charles County Public Schools

2:30 pm - 2:40 pm Break

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm Trauma-Informed Approach from the School System

  • Heather Chapman, Associate Vice President, United Way of Central Maryland

3:40 pm - 4:00 pm Closing Remarks

  • Jessica Wheeler, Chief of Juvenile Justice and Prevention Services, Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention

Who Should Attend?

While individual registration is allowed, teams comprised of the following agencies/individuals are highly encouraged to attend:


  • Principals or Vice-Principals

  • Teachers

  • Nurses, Counselors and/or Attendance Directors


  • A representative from the State Police

  • Sheriffs or Designees

  • Police Chiefs or Designees

  • Patrol Officers

  • School Resource Officers

  • Representative from the State’s Attorney’s Office

  • Dispatch (911)


  • Representatives from local mental health providers


  • CPS Supervisors and/or Case Managers

  • Child Advocacy Center Directors


  • Head Start

  • Before and After School Programs

  • Child Care Agencies (administrators, program directors)


  • Circuit Court Judges, Family Court Judges, Family Magistrates

  • EMS

  • Fire and Rescue

  • Family Resource Networks

  • Local civic organizations

For questions to request accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Kelly Gorman at kelly.gorman@maryland.gov or 410-697-9313.

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