RALI MD Creates RALI Cares to Spot Warning Signs of Substance Abuse

Substance abuse has recently taken a backseat to coronavirus coverage, but that doesn't mean the battle is over. RALI MD, a sponsor of MACo's Summer Series, has created an educational exhibit to help readers spot the warning signs of substance abuse disorders. From RALI MD: While COVID-19 may be forcing virtual conferences, distance learning and Zoom meetings, it changes nothing for the thousands of teenagers and young adults who struggle with substance use disorders. As…

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Maryland Dept of Labor Announces 13 Weeks of Extended Unemployment Benefits

Claimants Must Exhaust Both Regular and PEUC Benefits Before Applying The Maryland Department of Labor today announced that Maryland is offering an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits through the Federal-State Extended Benefits program. Under federal and state law, the Extended Benefits program is available for claimants who have exhausted both their 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits and 13 weeks of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) assistance. Federal enhanced unemployment benefits are…

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Anne Arundel Names Interim Police Chief

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman yesterday announced that Deputy Chief William Lowry will assume the duties of Interim Police Chief on August 1. Chief Timothy J. Altomare announced his retirement, effective August 1, last week. Deputy Chief Lowry has 47 years of public safety experience. He first served in the Anne Arundel County Police Department as Assistant Chief to former Police Chief Kevin Davis in 2013. Deputy Chief Lowry left Anne Arundel County in…

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Sen. McCray: If Federal Relief Fails, Brace For State Cuts

A State fiscal leader warns a failure to pass the still-in-negotiations federal relief bill could trigger severe budget cuts. As the white-hot speculation continues around the political will to reach a compromise on new and extended federal relief from the coronavirus pandemic, Maryland leaders fear that an inability to reach a deal could have dire local consequences. From coverage in the Maryland Reporter: “I do believe strongly that if we don’t get another stimulus injected…

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Revised CDC Isolation Times a Reminder for Non-Static HR Policies

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its guidance for determining when non-hospitalized individuals with COVID-19 may end home isolation and return to work. Previously, the CDC referenced a timeline of 14 days for employees to quarantine from the workplace after testing positive for COVID-19, new guidance is not a 'one-size-fits-all rule.' According to HR Dive, the updated guidance states that those with COVID-19 symptoms directed to care for themselves at home may…

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Clarence Crawford Elected President of the Maryland State Board of Education

The Maryland State Board of Education unanimously voted to elect Clarence Crawford as president and Jean Halle as vice president for the 2020-2021 term. President Crawford was appointed as a board member in 2019 and currently serves as an adjunct professor at American University.  He "is a recipient of the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the African American Federal Executive Association’s Ebenezer Bassett Award, and is an elected NAPA Fellow. He earned his MPA in Finance and…

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Deputy Secretary for Public Health Retires, Assistant Secretary Steps into Top Role
Fran Phillips (photo source: Anne Arundel County Department of Health
Deputy Secretary for Public Health Retires, Assistant Secretary Steps into Top Role

Deputy Secretary of Public Health Fran Phillips has retired and Assistant Secretary of Public Health and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jinlene Chan will assume her role. Governor Hogan presented Phillips with a citation in honor of her services and announced Dr. Chan as her replacement at a press conference on Wednesday. The Baltimore Sun reports: Since 2018, Phillips had been serving as deputy state health secretary for public health, her second time as a high-ranking…

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Baltimore County Reaches Agreement to Recycle Glass

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced today that the County has started a new glass recycling program after reaching a ten-year agreement with CAP Glass, one of the nations largest glass recycling companies. The County has agreed to deliver glass from the Cockeysville Materials Recovery Facility to the Cap Glass facility in Baltimore City for processing, after which the marketable glass will be sent to OI Glass, Inc. to make new glass containers. The effort…

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Charles County Names First Chief Equity Officer
Charles County Chief Equity Officer Charmaine Brown
Charles County Names First Chief Equity Officer

Charles County Administrator Mark Belton today announced the appointment of Charmaine Brown as Chief Equity Officer. The Board of Commissioners established this position to develop innovative and effective strategies for achieving racial equity in Charles County Government. As Chief Equity Officer, Brown will be responsible for the development, implementation, and management of a strategic framework that ensures diversity, inclusion, and equity in programming and service delivery throughout Charles County Government. She will collaborate with County…

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