Baltimore City Releases Child Fatality Review Report

On Friday, January 21st, Baltimore City published its 2021 Child Fatality Review Report. The report analyzes and compiles data regarding deaths of City residents under the age of 17 for the purposes of determining what interventions should be put in place to effectively prevent future fatalities. Mayor Brandon M. Scott discussed the CFR report's findings and recommendations in a press release: “As a city, we continue to lose too many of our young people to violence and…

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St. Mary’s County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bolton Bridgett to Retire

County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bolton Bridgett has announced her retirement from St. Mary’s County Government, effective Feb. 1, 2022. Dr. Bridgett has served as County Administrator since her appointment in 2013 by the Commissioners. “During my career at St. Mary’s County Government, I have had the honor of serving our community and working with the brightest and most resourceful leaders who have an equal passion for public service. Together with the Commissioners, I believe we…

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AG Pens Revised Opioid Settlement Agreement for County Review, Opt-In Decisions
Attorney General Brian Frosh moderates MACo's session on water law
AG Pens Revised Opioid Settlement Agreement for County Review, Opt-In Decisions

After months of discussion, the Attorney General's Office, alongside a workgroup of MACo and Maryland Municipal League representatives, submitted a revised memorandum of understanding (MOU) to county leadership regarding the distribution of funds from the Johnson and Johnson opioid medication lawsuit. Under an extended deadline, counties have until January 26 to make a final decision whether to "opt in" and accept the terms of the settlement, and withdraw any current or future litigation claims. The…

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Baltimore County Councilman Julian Jones Reelected as Council Chairman

Council Member Julian E. Jones, Jr. was unanimously reelected by his peers to serve as Baltimore County Council Chairman for the third time in four years. The Baltimore County Council has voted in Julian Jones to serve as its Chair for the 2022 session. Council Member Jones has years of experience as a professional firefighter and has served in leadership roles with firefighter organizations, on his parent-teacher organization, and with the Democratic Party. Information about the…

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Baltimore City Invests ARPA Funds into Trauma Informed Care

Baltimore City will put $1.4 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds toward trauma informed care programming. According to WYPR, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement will use $900,000 toward the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act, which requires trauma informed care training for City officials and establishes the Baltimore City Trauma Informed Care Task Force. Trauma informed care is defined as, "a healthcare methodology that attempts to heal trauma and provide culturally-competent service." Another…

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Anne Arundel Council Approves Student Member Voting on Human Relations Commission

The Anne Arundel Human Relations Commission is composed of 13 members, one of which is a student representative who may soon have full voting rights on the body. The Anne Arundel County Council voted on December 20 to allow the student member of the county Human Relations Commission to vote on commission business. Previously the student member was allowed to sit on the commission but not vote. The Human Relations Commission website states that, "The Human Relations…

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St. Mary’s Upgrades Emergency Services Systems

On Tuesday, December 14th, the Commissioners of St. Mary's County approved a new software vendor contract to assist its emergency response system. Tyler Technologies will be providing Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) software to St. Mary's Department of Emergency Services. The upgrade should help improve efficiency as well as data collection and analysis. The contract award comes after a multi-year and multi-agency to identify the best possible product. software. Steve Walker, St. Mary's Director of Emergency Services,…

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Learning About Health Behind Bars at Winter #MACoCon

During this year's Winter MACo Conference, corrections and public health experts joined together to discuss health care delivery in local detention centers. Inmate populations are especially at risk for substance use and mental health disorders in addition to all kinds of physical ailments. Panelists during "Health Behind Bars" discussed how care is provided and a host of impending issues facing our jails including nursing shortages, opioid legislation implementation, and limited funding. Speakers:  Mary Ann Thompson, Vice…

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Extra, Extra #ReadAllAboutIt: A Social Media Roundtable at Winter #MACoCon

At this year's Winter MACo Conference, communications experts from across the state weighed in on how to effectively use social media in the COVID-era and beyond. Whether our local governments were sharing testing site locations, how many vaccinations have been administered, or whether trash pick up has been affected, social media has played a key role in reaching residents - perhaps even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists during the "Extra, Extra #ReadAllAbout" session…

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Harford Covers First Responders’ Student Debt

Last week, Harford County assisted sixty-six first responders with their student debt, providing as much as $5,000 under Harford’s NEXT GEN Responder Program for volunteer fire company members, which extends to emergency medical services (EMS) workers. Like many counties throughout the state, Harford's fire service consists entirely of volunteers, although its EMS staff are both full-time and volunteer. Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, the founder of NEXT GEN, expressed his continuing support for the student debt…

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