Sun Calls for Support of Trauma-Informed Care Act

A piece by the Baltimore Sun Editorial Board urges the Baltimore City Council not only to pass a bill introduced by City Councilman Zeke Cohen but to also back it with a financial commitment to help secure its success. The Trauma-Informed Care Act would ensure that city employees are properly trained to help youths that have experienced traumatic events. From the Sun editorial: We stand behind the idea, which would have employees at all levels of government…

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Feds Fund Baltimore City and Prince George’s to Fight Youth Homelessness

Baltimore City and Prince George's County have received nearly $3.7 million and $3.5 million respectively in federal funding to help end youth homelessness. The awards were part of a $75 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program which funded 23 jurisdictions nationwide. From a HUD press release: HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) will help these communities to build local systems and will support a wide range of housing programs including rapid rehousing, permanent…

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Michigan Bans Flavored E-Cigarettes

In an effort to protect youth from the potentially harmful effects of vaping, Michigan has become the first state in the nation to ban flavored e-cigarettes. The state joins several cities, including San Francisco, to restrict or ban e-cigarette sales. The Washington Post reports: The ban, which covers both retail and online sales, will go into effect as soon as the health department issues rules, sometime in the next 30 days. It will last for…

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HHS Announces Nearly $2 Billion in Opioid Funding

State and local governments can anticipate more federal money to support their fights against the opioid epidemic. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced nearly $2 billion in funding. The funding will be distributed through grant programs administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). From an HHS news release: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced…

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Anne Arundel Council Passes Package of Fair Housing Bills

A duo of fair housing bills proposed by County Executive Steuart Pittman received the approval of the Anne Arundel County Council. The bills, which each passed with a 4-3 vote, will protect 17 classes of people from housing discrimination and strengthen the Human Relations Commissions authority to review complaints and violations of the new housing law. The Capital Gazette reports: Bill 55-19, prohibits discriminatory housing practices against people based on categories such as age, religion,…

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Anne Arundel Council Approves Health Officer Nomination

The Anne Arundel County Council's vote to confirm County Executive Steuart Pittman’s nomination of Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman as the county health office was unanimous. Now, all that awaits completion of the joint county-state hiring process is for Governor Hogan to appoint Kalyanaraman as the Anne Arundel County Health Officer. From an Anne Arundel County news release: “I believe that the effectiveness of government should be measured by the health and wellness of its people,” said…

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Delegates Urge BPW to Compensate Wrongfully Convicted; Governor Hints at New Process

Fifty delegates, including House Speaker Adrienne Jones, have sent a letter to the Board of Public Works -- Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp -- calling on the board to exercise its authority under Maryland law to pay $12 million to five wrongfully convicted men who collectively spent over a century in prison. From The Baltimore Sun: “Five petitioners — Jerome Johnson, Lamar Johnson, Walter Lomax, Clarence Shipley and Hubert James Williams — spent a combined 120…

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Carroll Takes Action to Avoid Litigation “Purgatory” with Opioid Lawsuit

Carroll County has withdrawn its lawsuit against opioid manufacturers with promises to refile. The move is the latest to exemplify the complicated nature of the lawsuits filed against drug makers nationwide. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the flood of litigation on both the state and federal levels as well as recent settlements by some major manufacturers, are having an impact on the strategies being pursued by the plaintiff governments and the defendant drug makers. Carroll County…

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State Launches $10m to Advance Opioid Efforts

The state has awarded $10 million in grants to help fund all 23 counties, Baltimore City, and dozens of specific programs spearheading heroin and opioid prevention, education, enforcement, public safety, treatment, and recovery efforts.  The Baltimore Sun reports: In a news release, the state’s Opioid Operational Command Center wrote that the state will award $4 million in block grants to the counties as well as more than $5.6 million in competitive grants for specific programs…

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Garrett Awarded $1 Million in Federal Funding to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Maryland U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Representative David Trone recently announced a $1 million federal award to the Stand Together Garrett County Against Drug Abuse consortium. The Cumberland Times-News reports: The funding was awarded to the Stand Together Garrett County Against Drug Abuse consortium, which plans to implement a comprehensive community plan to reverse the trends of substance abuse in the county. Garrett County has been hit particularly hard from the…

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