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Maryland Manual, 1981-82
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State Agencies


John M. Hamilton, M.D., Superintendent

Wade Avenue
Catonsville 21228 Telephone: 455-7181

Spring Grove Hospital Center, established in
1797 as the Maryland Hospital, admits mentally-
ill patients from Baltimore City and Baltimore,
Cecil, Harford, and Prince George's counties. It
adopted the name of Spring Grove by Chapter
187, Acts of 1912. The facility is licensed for
1,475 patients.


Robert R. Grooms, Ph.D., Director; Assistant Di-
rector, Western Maryland Region

Country Club Road
P. 0. Box 1722
Cumberland 21502 Telephone: 777-2240

The Thomas B. Finan Center was established
by Article 59, sec. 31, Annotated Code of Mary-
land. The Center is a multi-program facility oper-
ated by the Mental Hygiene Administration,
which provides services to children and adoles-
cent, adult, and aged individuals with mental
disabilities. It also provides services for substance
abusers and for mentally retarded persons. The
Center serves the residents of Allegany, Garrett,
and Washington counties. The first residents were
admitted in October 1978. The facility is licensed
for 300 residents.


Robert G. Jacobs, Administrator

Jose D. Arana, Director, Mental Hygiene Compo-

George A. Lentz, M.D., Director, Mental Retar-
dation Component

630 W. Fayette Street
Baltimore 21201 Telephone: 528-2228

The services available at this facility were de-
veloped in anticipation of the Community Mental
Health Center, which has been constructed adja-
cent to the University of Maryland Hospital in
Baltimore. In 1967 the Center began offering
some community mental health services to all res-
idents within a designated area in Baltimore City.

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These services now include inpatient care, outpa-
tient care, partial hospitalization, and emergency
services. They have expanded due to a contract
with the University of Maryland School of Medi-
cine Department of Psychiatry.

The Center at present maintains three out-of-
facility satellites that provide treatment for
adults, adolescents, and children. Psychiatric
emergency service is now available to area resi-
dents twenty-four hours a day, seven days a
week. Consultation and education services are
provided to various community agencies.

The mental retardation facility housed at the
Center provides diagnosis and evaluation services,
particularly to educate families of retardees and
to assist them in formulating and implementing
life-time service plans. The facility is licensed for
113 patients.


Bernard A. Carpenter, Jr., Director

201 W. Preston Street
Baltimore 21201 Telephone: 383-3354

Provisions for the organization and administra-
tion of the Mental Retardation and Developmen-
tal Disabilities Administration are contained in
the Mental Retardation Law (Code 1957, Art.
59A, secs. 1-37). The Director of the Administra-
tion is appointed by the Secretary of Health and
Mental Hygiene.

The Administration plans, develops, and di-
rects a Statewide comprehensive system of ser-
vices for mentally retarded and developmentally
disabled persons and their families, and coordi-
nates its activities with other government, volun-
tary, and private health, education, and welfare
agencies. The Administration operates numerous
residential facilities. In addition, the Administra-
tion provides funds for purchased care, group
homes and apartments, small residential centers,
and activity programs for mentally retarded per-
sons. Developmental Disabilities includes pro-
grams for disorders such as cerebral palsy, spina
bifida, epilepsy, and severe communicative disor-
ders. Also included in the Mental Retardation
and Developmental Disabilities Administration
are Crippled Children's Services and Supplemen-
tary Security Income Eligible/Disabled Children's
Programs. The final element of the Administra-
tion's organization consists of Continuum of Care


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