City to Join National Public Safety Partnership

Baltimore City was one of 10 cities chosen to join the National Public Safety Partnership. As part of the partnership, the City gets a boost in federal support for their law enforcement and prosecutorial efforts that target violent crime. WBAL reports: “The Public Safety Partnership is a successful program that directs federal law enforcement resources to the cities where they can have the greatest impact,” Attorney General Barr said. “These resources help police departments to…

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Bromwell on Measles: Vaccination is the Only Cure

"As I see it, every child who has not been vaccinated is a danger to him/herself and all other children. That deadly health threat cannot be allowed to stand." - Delegate Eric Bromwell In a submission to The Patch, Delegate Eric Bromwell outlines the dire measles epidemic facing our state and nation. Despite measles being declared eliminated in 2000, we are experiencing a nationwide measles epidemic in 22 states, including Maryland, with over 700 cases reported.…

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Harford Cuts Ribbon on 24/7 Crisis Center

Harford County Officials recently cut the ribbon on the state's first 24/7 mental health and addiction crisis center. The center, which opens June 10, is expected to serve 3,000 - 5,000 people a year. The Baltimore Sun reports: When it officially opens June 10, the Klein Family Harford Crisis Center will serve as an urgent care center for behavioral health issues, which often involve addiction, said Pamela Llewellyn, Upper Chesapeake’s regional director of behavioral health,…

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NACCHO Letter to Congress Highlights Climate Change Health Threats

In a letter sent to the House Subcommittee on Environment of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) highlighted health threats posed by climate change as well as the vital role local health departments play in mitigating those threats and challenges they face doing so. From NACCHO's letter to the subcommittee: Across the country, local health departments are tasked with addressing the many health risks…

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USDA Offering Grants to Help Repair Housing in Rural Communities — Apply Now!

The USDA is accepting applications through its Housing Preservation Grant Program to help eligible applicants repair or rehabilitate housing owned or occupied by low and very-low income rural citizens. Eligible applicants include town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations -- homeowners are not included. Applicants are encouraged to select projects that will support recommendations made in the Report to the President of the United States from the…

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Take Your Leadership Skills to the Next Level Through NACo’s High Performance Leadership Academy

The NACo High Performance Leadership Academyis an online 12-week program that empowers frontline county government professionals with the most fundamental leadership skills to deliver results for counties and communities. NACo launched this program last year in partnership with the team from the Professional Development Academy, including General Colin Powell, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, and many other executives from both private industry and government agencies. More than 500 counties have enrolled emerging and existing leaders since the launch…

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Drug Companies Are Settling With States. How Will The Money Be Spent?

The answer most advocates and stakeholders are hoping for is on prevention, treatment, and other programs directly addressing the opioid crisis. A piece from Governing explores how some states plan to spend their payout money and what has been learned from the tobacco settlements. In Oklahoma, nearly $200 million of its $270 million payout from Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family, which owns Purdue, will go toward establishing the National Center for Addiction Studies and Treatment…

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MACo Soliciting 2020 Legislative Initiative Proposals

MACo is currently welcoming suggestions for legislative initiatives for the 2020 legislative session. Each year, MACo adopts up to four topics to forward as initiatives — working with supportive legislators to get those bills introduced and enacted. Past years have seen a wide range of MACo focus — from major budgetary topics to legal clarifications to public health measures. County governing bodies, individual elected officials, MACo’s professional affiliate groups, MACo chapter organizations, and others within…

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Howard Latest County to File Suit Against Opioid Manufacturers

Howard County has filed a complaint in Howard County Circuit Court against Purdue Pharma and other opioid manufacturers and distributors. Howard joins a number of jurisdictions including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Carroll, Harford, Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, Baltimore City, and the state of Maryland that have filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers in distributors either in federal or state court. From The Baltimore Sun: In Howard County, more than 130 people, 38 of those from 2018 alone,…

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AG Investigation Results in Human Trafficking Charges

Attorney General Frosh has charged two individuals with human trafficking and other crimes following an investigation that spanned nine months and four counties. As announced in a press release: The indictments charge that Valdez Lawrence of Baltimore, and Mary Carr of Dundalk, forced women to engage in sexual acts for money in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City and Howard County. Charges in the indictment include human trafficking, conspiracy, receiving earnings of a prostitute,…

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