Cecil County Executive Danielle Hornberger today relaunched the County’s Opioid Intervention Team.
The Opioid Intervention Team will draft a strategic plan based on the reports from the Opioid Transition Committee and the Pandit Group, from information gathered from stakeholders at the Opioid Summit, and from constituent input. This strategic plan will provide the County and its community partners with actionable tasks to reduce opioid abuse in Cecil County.
“The Opioid Summit allowed us to gain perspective on where we are as a County and what barriers we currently face. Now, it is time to take what we have learned and generate a strategic plan that creates a more cohesive response to the opioid crisis”, said County Executive Hornberger.
According to a County press release:
Members of Cecil County’s OIT are as follows:
- Scott Adams, Sheriff, Cecil County Sheriff’s Office
- Erin Booker, Vice President of Behavioral Health and Social Care Integration, ChristianaCare
- John Donohue, Deputy Director, Department of Emergency Services
- Danielle Hornberger, Cecil County Executive
- Lauren Levy, Health Officer, Cecil County Health Department
- John Roush, Director of Student and School Safety, Cecil County Public Schools
- Dan Schneckenburger, Director of Administration, Cecil County Government
- David Trolio, Director, Department of Community Services
- Joe Zurolo, Assistant Administrator, Town of Elkton
“Addressing substance use disorder is critical to the health of Cecil County. I look forward to working with the Opioid Intervention Team, in partnership with community stakeholders, to guide countywide opioid response efforts,” said Health Officer Lauren Levy.
The OIT will have their first meeting in June and will host a public forum on the opioid crisis in July. A draft of the strategic plan is predicted to be completed by October 2021.
OITs are set up in each of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions and led by the emergency manager and health officer. They are multi-agency coordination bodies that coordinate with the community and complement and integrate with the statewide opioid response effort.