Ex officio: Sam J. Abed, Secretary of Juvenile Services; Stephen T. Moyer, Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services; William M. Pallozzi, Secretary of State Police; Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools; Kevin G. Seaman, M.D., Executive Director, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.
Herbert R. O'Conor State Office Building, 201 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland, November 2003. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
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Biannual Report to Governor.
The Governor's Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council was created as a subcabinet in February 2015 (Executive Order 01.01.2015.13).
Member agencies of the Council share all relevant information to support the State's response to the heroin and opioid epidemic. Recommendations for policy, regulations, or legislation that would facilitate such sharing of information may be developed by the Council.
The Council also is responsible for determining funding for strategies to combat the opioid crisis through prevention and treatment. Grants to State agencies, local governments, and private community-based programs may be awarded for: 24/7 crisis response services; expanding alternatives to incarceration, including drug court programs, day reporting centers, reentry programs, and increased clinical services; and identifying those needing treatment. Moreover, they may be awarded for marketing the State's behavioral health hotline; law enforcement strategies to dismantle drug trafficking; and intensified outreach and education efforts.
Biannually, the Council reports to the Governor on what each member agency is doing to address heroin and opioid treatment, overdoses, education, and interdiction. Through the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Council annually submits to the Govenor and the public the Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordination Plan.
The Opioid Operational Command Center was established under the Interagency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council in January 2017 (Executive Order 01.01.2017.01).
The Center is to develop operational strategies that implement the recommendations of the Governor's Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force. Further, the Center is to collect, analyze, and facilitate sharing data with State and local sources while ensuring the privacy and security of sensitive personal information. For the sharing and collecting of data, the Center will develop a memorandum of understanding among State and local agencies. Local agencies are to be assisted and supported by the Center in creating opioid intervention teams. Finally, for those State and local agencies working to contain the heroin and opioid epidemic, the Center will coordinate training and provide resources.
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