MACo Soliciting 2020 Legislative Initiative Proposals

MACo is currently welcoming suggestions for legislative initiatives for the 2020 legislative session. Each year, MACo adopts up to four topics to forward as initiatives — working with supportive legislators to get those bills introduced and enacted. Past years have seen a wide range of MACo focus — from major budgetary topics to legal clarifications to public health measures. County governing bodies, individual elected officials, MACo’s professional affiliate groups, MACo chapter organizations, and others within…

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Don’t Forget to Register for MACo’s Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium

MACo's Spring Symposium will focus on what counties can do and are doing to fight human trafficking. TITLE: Fighting Human Trafficking With Awareness, Advocacy, and Action DETAILS: Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm Location: Blue Heron Center, Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, MD Dress for Speakers & Attendees: Business Casual Registration: FREE for MACo Members (County Executives, County Council Members, County Commissioners, and County employees) - REGISTER ONLINE $75 for NonMembers…

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LGIT – FY20 Regional Workshops – Register Today!

WHAT? The Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) will host a series of renewal workshops for the Policy Year 2020. This year's workshop agenda: Agenda 9:00 am - 9:10 am          Welcoming Remarks 9:10 am - 9:30 am          Rate Information & Credits for FY20 9:30 am - 10:15 am       Coverage Changes/Coverages Available/Renewal 10:15 am - 10:45 am     Changes & Updates to LGIT's HR Portal/Online Campus 10:45 am - 11:00…

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Welcome to County Office – Advice From Veteran Officials

The Maryland Association of Counties created the video "Welcome to County Office" to provide newly elected officials advice from veteran officials. Veteran elected officials that participated in the video: Barry Glassman, Harford County Executive, MACo President Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council Member John Barr, Former Washington County Commissioner, MACo Past President Rikki Spector, Former Baltimore City Council Member, MACo Past President Sheree Sample Hughes, Maryland State Delegate, Former Wicomico County Council Member Steve Arentz, Maryland…

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From Weeds to Wells to Wellness Local Health Departments are Always on the Job

Local Health Departments (LHDs) play a broad and critical role in protecting the public's health. As attendees to the MACo Winter Conference session, "Protecting the Public's Health: Weeds to Wells to Wellness," learned the full scope of what they do and the health and economic impacts they have on local communities is not always evident.   Kevin Sumner, President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)  set the stage with a  look…

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Opioid Questions Asked and Answered at #MACoCon Round Table

The MACo Winter Conference closed out with an interactive round table session that provided an opportunity for audience members and panelists to share insights and answer questions related to what's working, what's not, and what is next for the opioid crisis. The first half of the session was a Q&A between facilitator Nastassia Walsh, Program Manager, National Association of Counties (NACo), and panelists Steve Schuh, Executive Director, Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC); Birch Barron, Deputy Director, Opioid…

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Breaking Behavioral Health Barriers Behind Bars and in the Communities

Attendees of the MACo Winter Conference session, Who's Falling Through the Cracks: Addressing Gaps in Behavioral Health Services, heard frank discussions from panelists on the scope of behavioral health issues in local communities as well as what is being done what more is needed to close gaps in addressing behavioral health issues. Much of the discussion centered around the criminal justice population. Dan Martin Senior Director of Public Policy for the Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD)…

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County Human Services Deliver Seamless Support for Community Members in Crisis

At the MACo Winter Conference session, Constituents in Crisis: Human Services to the Rescue!, audience members learned about the broad continuum of county agencies and programs that are dedicated to providing community-based services to address the special needs of children, families, older adults, and persons with disabilities. Christine Kay, Director of the Carroll County Department of Citizen Services started the panel off with explanation of how county human service agencies (also known as citizen services or community…

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Diversity Caucus Installs 2019 Board at #MACoCon

The Maryland County Officials Diversity Caucus (Diversity Caucus), a chapter organization of MACo, installed its 2019 Executive Board at the MACo Winter Conference. The 2019 Maryland County Officials Diversity Caucus Board: President Craig Rice (Montgomery County Council Member), First Vice President Craig Mathies (Somerset County Commissioner), Treasurer Deni Taveras (Prince George's County Council Member), Second Vice President Sharon Green Middleton (Baltimore City Council Member), and Secretary Opel Jones (Howard County Council Member). The Diversity Caucus provides…

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No Public Safety Agency is an Island…Partnerships are Key!

At the MACo Winter Conference General Session, The Life Saving Power of Public Safety Partnerships, county emergency managers, correctional officers, and law enforcement discussed the role they play and the collaborations they form to protect communities from all sorts of dangerous situations – from active shooter encounters to weather disaster response and recovery. Clay Stamp, Director of Emergency Services for Talbot County and a Senior Emergency Management Advisor to Governor Larry Hogan, kicked off the panel…

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