On Tuesday, October 5th, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced a record $1.5 million in grants for residential treatment facilities throughout the county, including Tuerk/Howard House, Hilda’s Place, and Sheppard Pratt.
In a press release, County Executive Ball said the following:
“These $1.5 million in grants will ensure safe, accessible, and successful residential treatment right here in Howard County. To safeguard a coordinated and collaborative system of care among these three residential treatment facilities in Howard County, we will also be collecting data and tracking performance metrics for these investments. I am confident that these efforts will help patients navigate different levels of care at and between providers. As we embark on this one-of-a-kind partnership, thank you again to our providers for expanding your services, and working collaboratively to prioritize positive patient outcomes.”
A recent Baltimore Sun article quotes Dr. Harsh Trivedi, CEO of Sheppard Pratt, as having said, “Howard County’s tragic 53% surge in opioid-related fatalities just last year marks the largest percentage increase in Central Maryland… We need to ensure services are immediately available when someone is ready to take that first step.”
Howard County’s $1.5 million investment is intended to help the above-mentioned facilities provide a full continuum of care for those facing addiction or substance use disorder. Grants awarded will address the reasons patients discontinue care by funding the following items:
- A dedicated transportation service for Howard County clients who need rides to and from residential, outpatient, and other medical appointments in the county.
- Case managers and peer support specialists for each provider who will personally guide individuals through the different phases of treatment and help navigate clients to available community services.
- Regular trainings for all peers, case managers, and behavioral health staff to learn best practices.