Bills to Require MAT in Jails on the Move

Bills to expand medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders within county jails are on the move. HB 116, sponsored by Delegate Erek Barron, has already been passed out of the House and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate. And its crossfile, SB 846 sponsored by Senator Chris West, has passed second reader in the Senate and expected to continue its process over to the House in the next few days. HB 116/SB 846 would…

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White House Invitation for Briefing Call on the Opioid Crisis – Today at 4:30 pm

White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs invites you to join a briefing call on Combatting the Opioid Crisis on Tuesday, March 19 at 4:30 PM EST. Kellyanne Conway (Assistant to the President & Senior Counselor), Jim Carroll (Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy) and other administration officials will review and provide insight into ongoing administration efforts to combat the crisis. If you would like to join the…

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Washington County Health Department to Open 24/7 Crisis Center

The Washington County Health Department is slated to open a 24/7 crisis center this July.  The center will service people suffering from substance use disorders and mental illnesses. It is being funded in part by federal State Opioid Response grant funding awarded through the Maryland Department of Health. As reported by the Herald-Mail: The center would be staffed by several full- and part-time employees, including nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, social workers, intake specialists and…

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Howard Launches “It’s OK to Ask” Youth Suicide Prevention Campaign
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball Announces the "It's OK to Ask" Campaign
Howard Launches “It’s OK to Ask” Youth Suicide Prevention Campaign

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and Howard County Council Chair Christiana Mercer Rigby last week announced “It’s OK To Ask,” a plan developed by the Howard County Health Department to reduce youth suicide. The county faces a public health emergency, as suicide was the leading cause of death for youth ages 15-19 in Howard County between 2014-2016. According to a press release: Using proven approaches that reduce stigma and engage the community, this campaign will…

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Local Training and Technical Assistance for Addiction and Mental Health Services

The Danya Institute (according to their website): Since it was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2001, the Danya Institute has provided training and technical assistance (T/TA) to more than 10,000 community outreach workers, and addictions and mental health providers nationwide. This equates to improved quality care for an estimated 100,000 persons in recovery from the chronic diseases of addiction and mental illness. The institute is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)…

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Baltimore City Names New Health Commissioner

Baltimore City Mayor Catherine E. Pugh today announced the appointment of Dr. Letitia Dzirasa as Health Commissioner for the Baltimore City Health Department, effective March 11, 2019. According to a press release: Dr. Dzirasa holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College. Upon earning her Doctorate, Dr. Dzirasa served as a resident physician at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, here…

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MACo Suggests Amendments to Allow Review Teams to Target Local Needs

Natasha Mehu recently submitted written testimony to the Finance Committee in support of SB 602 Public Health - Maternal Mortality Review Program - Establishment of Local Teams with amendments. SB 602 would require each county to establish a multidisciplinary and multiagency maternal mortality review team that would help prevent and review information on maternal deaths. According to the written testimony submitted, MACo has concerns with the fact that the bill would mandate counties to use…

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First Term Congressman Trone Spearheads Addiction Working Group

Representative David Trone announced a 36-member congressional Freshmen Working Group On Addiction Maryland's recently-elected U.S. Representative David Trone (D, MD6) today announced the formation of a coalition of newly-elected representatives dedicated to working on addiction issues. His Twitter account highlighted the first notes of the effort: https://twitter.com/RepDavidTrone/status/1096120616942559233 Rep. Trone detailed the efforts ahead in additional social media posts, including an image of a press release discussing the effort in more detail: https://twitter.com/RepDavidTrone/status/1096122270395842560 Read the full…

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Smiles For All – Counties Call for Dental Clinic Cash

Natasha Mehu, MACo's Legislative Director, testified on Wednesday in support of  SB 158 - Maryland Department of Health - Community Dental Clinics Grant Program. This bill creates a grant program to help counties establish affordable community dental clinics. Poor oral health has been linked to heart disease, premature and low birth weights, and diabetes. Counties have a duty to help promote the health and well-being of their communities, but affordable dental care is very difficult…

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Marshall Project: How the ADA Could Change the Way the Nation’s Jails and Prisons Treat Addiction

A bill introduced this session (HB 116) would require all jails and prisons in Maryland to provide the full range of FDA approved Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders to inmates and pretrial detainees. These treatments include methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. It would also require the state to fund the screenings, assessments, and treatments. The bill is part of a growing movement nationally to require MAT be offered in the criminal justice system.…

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