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Office of Grants & Policy

The Office of Grants & Policy provides essential support functions across all agencies of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services by providing crucial analysis, opinion, and recommendation intended to help guide decision-making relative to policy development and grants management.

Grants & Special Projects

  • The Department typically does not issue grants to outside organizations, so the focus of the Grants & Special Projects unit is to assist internal agencies in maximizing opportunities to supplement budgeted funds by identifying and applying for grant funding.
  • The unit provides central oversight and coordination of the department-wide grants management process from application to award, including advising of the ability to meet terms and requirements of the grant.
  • Frequently, the Department is asked to partner with external agencies applying for grant funding, often requiring a letter of support.  The Grants & Special Projects unit has established a process to assist our internal agencies in vetting such requests, particularly regarding the potential impact to the Department and its existing resources. 

Policy & Regulations

  • The Policy & Regulations unit advises the Secretary on the impact of proposed policy and procedures across agencies (including Parole & Probation, Corrections, and Detention).
  • Working closely with agencies across the Department, the unit also provides research and policy analysis, oversees policy development, and assists with policy implementation, as necessary.
  • The unit researches, develops, and processes all Department COMAR (including the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions).

Contact Us

Office of Grants & Policy
6776 Reisterstown Road,
Baltimore, MD 21215

Christina Lentz
Executive Director

Patricia Piepenbring
Director, Grants & Special Projects

Elizabeth Bartholomew
Director, Policy & Regulations

You can find all publically available DPSCS Policies & Procedures here.
You can find pending Departmental regulatory actions here.