ADVISORY COUNCIL ON ATTENTION-DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

Paula C. Hollinger, Co-Chair (chosen by Governor)
Dan K. Morhaim, Co-Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Pamela J. Blackwell; Vicki L. Bodison, Ph.D.; Harold C. Cohen, Ph.D.; Kathryn T. Coleman; Jaswinder K. Ghuman, M.D.; Linda S. Grossman, M.D.; Larry L. Lorton, Ph.D.; Ladys C. Lux; Leslie S. Margolis, Esq.; Patricia H. Michel; B. Pauline Prince, Ph..D.; Mark A. Riddle, M.D.; Sidney B. Seidman, M.D.; Jane R. Snider, Ed.D.; Kenneth Tellerman, M.D.; Eileen C. Wagner; Charles R. Wainwright; Gwendolyn Willis-Darpoh, Ph.D.

Appointed by Senate President: Paula C. Hollinger

Appointed by House Speaker: Dan K. Morhaim

Appointed by State Board of Physician Quality Assurance: Susan T. Strahan, M.D.

Appointed by State Board of Examiners of Psychologists: Milton Shore, Ph.D.

Ex officio: Nelson J. Sabatini, Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene; Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools; M. Teresa Garland, Esq., Special Secretary for Children, Youth, & Families.

Contact: Donna M. Behrens, R.N.

c/o Office for Children, Youth, & Families
301 West Preston St., Suite 1502, Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-4269; fax: (410) 333-5248
e-mail: donna@mail.ocyf.state.md.us
web: www.attentionmaryland.org

The Advisory Council on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder was created in July 2000 (Chapter 84, Acts of 2000). The Council reviewed current literature and research on the disorder, and conducted surveys to determine its prevalence and related treatments and policies. Guidelines for the optimal diagnosis and treatment of the disorder were designed and implemented by all local school systems with Council assistance. It investigated the relation between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities and differences, and developed and distributed educational programs and materials for parents, educators, child care providers, and physicians.

The Council was to assist the Governor and State agencies in implementing recommendations of the Task Force to Study Uses of Methylphenidate and Other Drugs on School Children. Those recommendations, contained in the Task Force report of March 1999, called for communication between physicians, educators, and parents; training for primary care providers, families, educators, and school health personnel; support for families, and for research and evaluation; and investigation of third-party reimbursement issues on diagnosis and treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Within each school system, the Task Force also recommended the presence of a mental health expert knowledgeable about the disorder, and smaller class sizes for children with the disorder.

Authorization for the Council expired July 1, 2003. The Council submitted its final report to the Governor and General Assembly in July 2003.

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