Commission Approves Final Police Oversight Regulations

The Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission (MPTSC) has unanimously approved regulations for the newly formed police oversight bodies. In a meeting yesterday morning that was held in addition to the regular commission calendar, the group unanimously approved regulations for both the Police Accountability Boards (PAB) and the Administrative Charging Committees (ACC). This also includes the final disciplinary matrix for recommending consequences for misconduct. This meeting was held after the public comment period had officially…

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NACo Spearheads Nationwide Healthy Communities Challenge

6 interactive stories give a synopsis of the efforts made by 20 communities across the country to improve health and food equity.  The National Association of Counties (NACo) in partnership with the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and Healthy Places by Design launched a $2M grant initiative with the goal of reducing health disparities in chronic disease outcomes. Using lessons from the 2016 Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, the program sought to improve…

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Prince George’s Police Dept. Builds Trust and Goodwill

Many events have been taking place throughout the holiday season to show that the Prince George's Police Department is a partner in the community.  Public safety institutions have a phenomenal responsibility when it comes to earning and keeping the trust of the public. This a sentiment not at all lost on the Prince George's Police Department. From a Toys for Tots holiday collection drive to providing 2000 holiday food baskets to community members in need,…

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Unprecedented Flexibility with New CDC Public Health Funding

Between Baltimore City and the the State Department of Health, Maryland is set to receive $55.5M in CDC funding for public health infrastructure. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) has allocated $3.2B in American Rescue Plan Act(ARPA) money through a grant program for public health infrastructure. In Baltimore City this will add about $1.7M per year for the next five years. The annual budget for the Baltimore Health Department is $200M, and has a…

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Maryland’s Court of Appeals is Officially Supreme

Governor Hogan signed a proclamation on December 14th, officially changing the name of a 246-year-old institution. In a press release last week from the Maryland Courts, the voter-approved measure to change the name of Maryland's two highest courts has officially been enacted. From the release: Effective immediately, the Court of Appeals of Maryland is now the Supreme Court of Maryland, and the Court of Special Appeals is now the Appellate Court of Maryland. Established by…

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Anne Arundel Opioid Overdose Response Teams at Your Door

After opioid overdoses spiked in the county last week, a Behavioral Health team from the Anne Arundel Health Department pounded the pavement to reach those in need.  Opioid overdoses can follow various patterns. They can spike due to an influx of new illicit supply in the market or even just around uniquely stressful events and seasons, such as the holidays or economic market volatility. But when these trends begin to pick up, meeting vulnerable populations…

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Charles County Adds 5 New Correctional Officers During Statewide Staffing Crisis

Despite staffing shortages across the state and country, counties continue to fill vital positions in public safety.  Getting and keeping good people in government positions, particularly in specialized areas, is top of mind for all legislators heading to Annapolis this winter. Work force shortages have been plaguing governmental departments at the state and local levels. Regardless, county officials continue to plug away at making sure quality candidates are stepping into positions that local governments simply…

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Human Services Racing Towards a Post-Pandemic Funding Cliff

County issues are on the radar for new Washington County delegation including finding solutions for human services programs that have been pushed to the brink. In a meeting hosted by the Washington delegation, community members and county officials were provided a platform to get the major issues on their minds out in front of elected officials heading to Annapolis this winter for the General Assembly Session. Part of the discussion focused on the status of…

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Prince George’s Anticipates the Opening of New Crisis Stabilization Center

The Prince George's Office of Community Relations hosts a community conversation for residents to learn more about the new Dyer Care Center for Crisis Stabilization. In an effort to connect residents with valuable life-saving resources, Prince George's is hosting an in-person community conversation regarding the Dyer Behavioral Health Center that is coming soon to the Dyer community. The opening of the Dyer Care Center will meet another major benchmark in the transformation of Prince George's from…

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Legislation in Massachusetts Helped Control Health Care Costs

The legislatively appointed Health Policy Commission in Massachusetts is a concept that is catching on in at least 8 other states. Massachusetts passed legislation in 2012 to form a health care commission with the goal of controlling the growth of health care costs in the state. Since the establishment of the commission the state has successfully brought their cost growth below the national average. Growth control rather than state by state cost comparison was the…

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