Governor Reopens Coronavirus Special Enrollment Period

Governor Larry Hogan has reopened the special enrollment period for health insurance until December 15.  The special enrollment period first launched in March and was extended to July 15 as part of Governor Larry Hogan’s COVID-19 State of Emergency Order over the coronavirus pandemic. During that time more than 54,000 Marylanders enrolled in coverage. With the reopening, Maryland is now offering the longest coronavirus emergency-related special enrollment period in the nation. From Nottingham MD: To…

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Montgomery Rescinds Order Prohibiting In-Person Classes At Nonpublic Schools

Reemphasizing the need to protect the health and safety of Montgomery County residents as well as parents, students, teachers and staff from the spread of COVID-19, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles today announced that he has rescinded his health order that prohibited nonpublic schools from opening for in-person instruction until after Oct. 1, 2020. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the County, whose public schools will be remote offerings for the coming semester, recently…

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MoCo Private Schools Debate Heading to Federal Courts

Following a week of back-and-forth regarding the authority to allow or deny private schools to re-open for in-person classes, the dispute between Montgomery County and the State of Maryland appears to be headed to the federal courts. In a predictable turn following several days of salvos, the matter of approving (or denying) private school in-person education in Montgomery County appears to be headed to federal court. The County, whose public schools will be remote offerings…

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Howard Releases Food Distribution Map

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball has launched a new map on the Howard County Government website that will assist residents seeking access to free meals or food pantries. There are more than 30 locations across the county that offer groceries and fresh and frozen meals for students, residents and older adults in need. From Howard County's website: “No one should have to choose between paying rent or purchasing food for themselves or their family, and…

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Baltimore County, CASH Campaign Launch Benefits Screening Call Center

Under the new initiative, low- and moderate-income Baltimore County residents can call 311 to be connected to federal, state, and local services.  The Benefits Screening Call Center is a partnership between Baltimore County and the CASH Campaign of Maryland to strengthen the safety net for families suffering economically from the coronavirus pandemic. From a Baltimore County news release: The CASH Campaign of Maryland is now offering its benefits screening and support services to County residents.…

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Maryland Joins Multistate Pact to Expand COVID-19 Antigen Testing

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam today announced a major bipartisan interstate compact with the Rockefeller Foundation to expand the use of rapid point-of-care antigen tests to slow the spread of COVID-19. By banding together, the states are demonstrating to private manufacturers that there is significant demand to scale up the production of these tests,…

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Montgomery Expands Staff, Increases Reach of Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team

Montgomery adds six new positions to the county's mobile crisis team which is on call 24/7 to respond to mental health crisis calls.  The Montgomery County Council recently approved $600,000 in funding that will be used to add six new staff members to respond to crisis calls. These social workers will be spread around the county to increase the team's reach. The team responds to calls involving mental health issues in place of or in…

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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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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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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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