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    State forms forensic services workgroup to stem mental facilities’ census woes

    Representatives from different points in the system will seek remedies to delays

    Baltimore, MD (June 15, 2016) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has formed a workgroup on forensic services, as the State works to remedy capacity constraints of public mental hospitals to serve Marylanders. 
    “The formation of a workgroup that will find strategies to fix the difficulties our public hospitals have in treating Marylanders in a timely manner is a top priority for the department,” said Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Van T. Mitchell. “This workgroup represents opportunities for us to partner with parties familiar with the dynamics of the system, to hit reset and to find the best way forward quickly.”
    The new workgroup will be charged with developing strategies to address the current hospital capacity issue.  The workgroup will review the current admissions, treatment, discharge and after-care processes and will identify strategies to enhance the State’s capacity to meet the current demand for psychiatric in-patient care for both civil and forensically involved citizens. 
    The workgroup includes representatives of the department, including state, local and facility personnel; the judiciary; public safety; healthcare providers and consumers; and advocacy organizations. Behavioral Health Administration Executive Director Dr. Barbara J. Bazron will be chairwoman of the workgroup.
    The workgroup will hold four public meetings at the Maryland Department of Transportation Building’s Richard Trainor or Harry R. Hughes conference rooms, at 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, Md. 21076.  The meetings will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on June 23, June 30, July 7 and Aug. 4, 2016. The Department invites members of the public to attend the meetings. For information about the workgroup, visit http://goo.gl/Ub5c0d or contact Rachael Faulkner at 410-402-8402 or rachael.faulkner@maryland.gov.
    Marylanders who need help finding substance abuse treatment resources should visit http://goo.gl/GUoCpT or call the 24/7 Maryland Crisis Hotline at 1-800-422-0009.
    Forensic Services Workgroup Members
     (Updated June 21, 2016)
    Stephen Goldberg, M.D.
    The Honorable Sheila R. Tillerson Adams
    Administrative Judge
    Circuit Court for Prince George's County
    Laura Cain, Esq.
    Senior Attorney
    Maryland Disability Law Center
    The Honorable Kathleen M. Dumais
    District 15, Montgomery County
    Pat Goins-Johnson
    Program Director
    Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
    Lauren Grimes
    Director of Network and Peer Services
    On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.
    Roger Harrell
    Health Officer
    Dorchester County Health Department
    Paula Langmead
    Springfield Hospital Center
    Helen Lann, M.D.
    Medical Director
    Beacon Health Options
    Captain Michael R. Merican
    Past President
    Maryland Correctional Administrators Association
    Dale Meyer
    President and CEO
    People Encouraging People
    The Honorable John P. Morrissey
    Chief Judge
    District Court of Maryland
    Clarissa Netter
    Mary Pizzo, Esq.
    Supervising Attorney for Mental Health Litigation Support
    Office of the Public Defender
    Forensic Division
    John G. Robison
    Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center
    Marshall (Rick) Rock
    Adult Coordinator
    Washington County Mental Health Authority
    Crista Taylor
    Vice President Programs
    Behavioral Health System Baltimore
    Kathleen A. Ellis
    Principal Counsel
    Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 
    Gayle Jordan-Randolph, M.D.
    Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health
    Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 
    Barbara J. Bazron, Ph.D.
    Executive Director
    Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Behavioral Health Administration
    Shauna Donahue 
    Chief of Staff, Office of Deputy Secretary, Behavioral Health
    Director, Maryland's Commitment to Veterans
    Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    James Pyles
    Director of Safety and Security
    Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Erik Roskes, M.D.
    Director and Clinical Director, Forensic Services
    Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Behavioral Health Administration
    Cathy Marshall
    Regional Director
    Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Developmental Disabilities Administration
    Western Regional Office at Potomac Center
    Rachael Faulkner (Staff to the Work group)
    Director of Government Affairs & Communications
    Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Behavioral Health Administration 
    The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is the State agency that protects Maryland’s public health. We work together to promote and improve the health and safety of all Marylanders through disease prevention, access to care, quality management, and community engagement. Stay connected: www.twitter.com/MarylandDHMH  and www.facebook.com/MarylandDHMH. ​