Who’s Falling Through the Cracks? Addressing Gaps in Behavioral Health Services

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Access to treatment for mental health and substance use disorders is a pressing issue facing communities across Maryland. While much efforts is being put towards addressing this issue gaps still remain, particularly when it comes to populations with special needs.

Learn more about the challenges and potential solutions at the MACo Winter Conference session, “Who’s Falling Through the Cracks? Addressing Gaps in Behavioral Health Services.”

Title: Who’s Falling Through the Cracks? Addressing Gaps in Behavioral Health Services

Description: Ensuring residents have access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment remains a pressing issue for local governments. County jails house people with some of the most acute mental health treatment needs as well as those at highest risk for drug overdoses once they are released. Drug overdose rates continue to skyrocket across the state as more lethal drugs flood the market. Accessible treatment beds within local communities remain few and far between. Counties struggle to find solutions that can meet their growing needs and reach those who are hardest to reach. In this session, learn about the challenges local governments face providing behavioral services to their most vulnerable community members and what pioneering approaches could help.

Speakers:

  • Dan Martin, Senior Director of Public Policy, Mental Health Association of Maryland
  • Gregory Branch, Director, Baltimore County Department of Health and Social Services
  • Douglas Devenyns, Director, Talbot County Department of Corrections

Moderator: The Honorable Erek Barron, Maryland House of Delegates

The MACo Winter Conference will be held January 2-4, 2019 at the Hyatt in Cambridge, Maryland. This year’s theme is, “Charting the Course.”

Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference:

Questions? Contact Member Services Director Virginia White.

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