New Tools for Tracking and Treating Opioid and Mental Health Crises

light bulb idea bubblesOverdose data compiled and released by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) showed some declines in overdose deaths in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018. The data is encouraging.

Private and public partners continue to work towards stemming the opioid epidemic. Meanwhile, similar efforts are in full force to address mental health issues in our communities. Learn more about what new tools are in the pockets of those working to improve the availability and delivery of mental health and substance use disorder data and services at the MACo Summer Conference session “New Tools for Tracking and Treating Opioid and Mental Health Crises.”

Title: New Tools for Tracking and Treating Opioid and Mental Health Crises

Description: Overdose deaths continue to rise at alarming rates, but not without hope for change – innovative and valuable work is being done to slow down and treat this epidemic.  Recently, Maryland became the first state with a complete Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) – a tool developed by the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area that allows real-time reporting of suspected overdoses. To ease the burden on emergency rooms admissions, Baltimore City is piloting the Maryland Crisis Stabilization Center, which provides short-term crisis stabilization and sobering services for people under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Learn about how stakeholders are thinking outside of the box to generate solutions.


  • Jeff Beeson, Deputy Director, Management Coordination, Washington/Baltimore HIDTA
  • Adrienne Breidenstine, Vice President, Policy and Communications, Behavioral Health System Baltimore
  • Glenn Fueston, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP)
  • Harriet Smith, Executive Director, Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition

Moderator: The Honorable Antonio Hayes, Maryland Senate

Date/Time: Friday, August 16, 2019; 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

The MACo Summer Conference will be held August 14-17, 2019 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. This year’s conference theme is “Winds of Change.”

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