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State Agencies

agers. The 1949 law abolished not only the Board
of Mental Hygiene, but also the separate govern-
ing boards of the State mental hospitals, and gave
the Department of Mental Hygiene responsibility
for the custody, care, and treatment of persons of
unsound mind.

The Administration is headed by a Director,
certified in psychiatry by the American Board of
Psychiatry and Neurology and appointed by the
Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Di-
rector is responsible for duties assigned by the
Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene and for
supervision of the hospitals and facilities within
the Administration.

Under the provisions of the Maryland Commu-
nity Mental Health Services Act of 1966, the Di-
rector of Mental Hygiene, with the approval of
the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, is
empowered to make State grants-in-aid to further
community mental health services (Chapter 125,
Acts of 1966). The Director supervises the pro-
grams receiving these grants-in-aid. The Act also
provided for the establishment of local mental
health advisory committees (Code Health-General
Article, sec. 10-208).

To improve continuity of care between commu-
nity and hospital programs, the Administration
has adopted a regionalized structure, consistent
with State HSA designated areas. Assistant Di-
rectors serve the Eastern, Southern and Central
Maryland areas. Their regional offices have
allowed for the implementation of policies that
have shortened length of hospital stays, improved
community mental health programs for the se-
verely psychiatrically ill, and increased the conti-
nuity of care between the hospital and communi-
ty programs.


Terezie S. Bohrer, 1983; Anna Granofsky, 1983;
Agnes B. Hatfied, 1983; Billie D. Marcus,
1983; Saunders Marshall, Jr., 1983; Mrs. Jeff
Van Sickle, 1983; Diane Cabot, 1984; Dr. Jo-
seph Cowen, 1984; M. Sue Diehl, 1984; Paul
McHugh, 1984; Reuben Shiling, 1984; J. Tyson
Tildon, Ph.D., 1984; Sylvia Briscoe, 1985; Lew-
is M. Garmitze, Ph.D., 1985; Gregory M. Hun-
ter, 1985; Josephine L. Kohn, 1985; Ronald J.
Taylor, M.D., 1985; Alan M. Wilner, 1985.

201 W. Preston Street
Baltimore 21201 Telephone: 383-2709

The Advisory Council on Mental Hygiene was
created within the Mental Hygiene Administra-
tion, by Chapter 746, Acts of 1976. It advises the

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Mental Hygiene Administration in carrying out
policies regarding the social, economic, and medi-
cal problems of mental hygiene.

The Council consists of eighteen members
appointed by the Governor for three-year terms
from public and private agencies and groups con-
cerned with mental hygiene. The Council selects
its own officers (Code Health-General Article,
secs. 10-301 through 10-307).


Robert G. Jacobs, Administrator

Jose D. Arana, Director, Mental Health Compo-

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

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

Services available at the Walter P. Carter Cen-
ter were developed in anticipation of the
Community Mental Health Center, which has
been constructed adjacent to the University of
Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. In 1967 the
Center began offering some community mental
health services to all residents within a designated
area of Baltimore City. These services now in-
clude inpatient care, outpatient care, partial hos-
pitalization, and emergency services. A contract
with the University of Maryland School of Medi-
cine's Department of Psychiatry allows for these
expanded services.

At present, the Center maintains three units
outside of the Center that provide treatment for
adults, adolescents, and children. Psychiatric
emergency service is available to area residents
twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Con-
sultation 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 retardates and
to assist them in formulating and implementing
lifetime service plans. The facility is licensed for
113 patients (Code Health-General Article, sec.


Chairperson: Myrtle L. McCullers, 1983

Mental Retardation: Betty L. Hoffman, 1983;
Ossie L. Lee, 1983; Raymond M. Puryear,
1983; Judy Volkman, 1983; Rev. Benjamin S.


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