Board Functions

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.

 About the Board

The State Board for the Certification of Residential Child Care Program Administrators (hereinafter “the Board”) consists of 11 members, of which 6 are representatives from various state agencies involved in the licensing and monitoring of residential child care programs. The Governor appointments five members of which 3 are residential child care program administrators and 2 are consumer members.

The term of board member is 4 years. A board member may not serve more than 2 consecutive full terms. Board members must be residents of the State.

The consumer members may not (1) be a residential child care program administrator; (2) have a household member who is a residential child care program administrator; (3) have a household member who participates in a commercial or professional field related to administering a residential child care program; and (4) have had within 2 years before appointment a substantial financial interest in a program regulated by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Mental Health or Developmental Disabilities Administrations, Department of Human Resources or the Department of Juvenile Services.

Board Members

 Albert Zachik, MD, Chair, Behavioral Health Administration
 VACANT, Vice Chair, Residential Child & Youth Care Practitioner
 William J. Frank, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Disabilities
 Darlene Ham., Department of Human Resources
 Sheila Philip, Maryland State Department of Education
 Nicole Smith, Certified Residential Child Care Program Administrator
 Dorenzer Thomas, Certified Program Administrator
 Sonya White-Norman., Department of Juvenile Services
 Janet Furman, Developmental Disabilities Administration
 Krystal Holland, Certified Program Administrator 
 Ada Pearl Thomas, Consumer
 Brady Daniels, Consumer


Interested in Becoming a Board Member

If you are interested in becoming a Board member, please complete the following form:

Office of the Governor Request for Appointment Consideration – Biographical Information Form​​​​