Alvin C. Collins
Alvin C. Collins became the Secretary of the Maryland
Department of Human Resources (DHR) in March of 1995. Prior to his
appointment at DHR, Secretary Collins served as the director of the Baltimore
City Department of Social Services. He began his career as an educator
for the public schools in New Haven, Connecticut. His first experience
in the private sector began as he became the first executive director of
Diswell Opposes Alcoholism, Inc., a neighborhood based nonprofit organization
in Connecticut. That position provided Secretary Collins with the
foundation for program development, interacting with comunity groups, and
obtaining public and private funding for social service programs.
He has also served as the director of Human Services for the city of New
Haven, Connecticut; business manager for the Baltimore City Department
of Social Services, and division chief for Administrative Services for
the Arlington County, Virginia Department of Human Services.
As the Secretary of DHR, Collins has led Maryland's welfare
reform efforts, which have received national recognition for their innovation
and creativity. In addition to welfare, DHR is responsible for administering
child support enforcement; child care licensing and regulation; child welfare;
and adult services programs, and other activities designed to strengthen
families and foster independence. Nearly 6,800 DHR employees carry
out these programs unser Secretary Collins' leadership. Also, he
currently manages DHR's budget of more than a billion dollars.
Throughout his career, Secretary Collins has recognized
the role technology can play delivering social services. As director
of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, and before that as
its business manager, he introduced automated systems for managing cases
and the Department's fiscal operations. At DHR, he has overseen the
process of integrating computer systems that track and manage Maryland's
social service system. Additionally, DHR was the first state agency
to develop a web page and use it as an information tool and to promote
such programs as adoption and child support collection.
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