Maryland Unveils “Inter-Agency Opioid Coordination Plan,” Accepting Public Feedback

Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) has released and is requesting public feedback on its draft Inter-Agency Opioid Coordination Plan for 2022–2024.

Upon its finalization, the Plan will guide the state’s opioid crisis response efforts. Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford described and praised the Inter-Agency Opioid Coordination Plan in a press release:

‘Maryland’s robust opioid crisis response framework continues to be a model for the nation,’ said Lt. Governor Rutherford, chair of Maryland’s Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council. ‘This coordination plan outlines a comprehensive approach for increasing support for individuals with substance use disorders, and it ensures that we are meeting the evolving needs of all Marylanders.’

The Plan includes eights goals intended to reduce overdose-related morbidity and mortality in Maryland:

  • Improving Statewide Infrastructure for Opioid Initiatives
  • Promoting Youth Resiliency
  • Increasing Awareness of Substance Use Disorder
  • Expanding Harm Reduction Services across Maryland
  • Promoting Comprehensive Care Coordination
  • Expanding Maryland’s Crisis Response System
  • Expanding Access to Evidence-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Supporting Recovery Communities

Interested individuals can find a draft of the Inter-Agency Opioid Coordination Plan for 2022–2024 here, and may submit feedback through this online form. The OOCC will accept public comment until June 13, 2022.

Read the full press release.