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GOVERNOR'S INTER-AGENCY HEROIN & OPIOID COORDINATING COUNCIL


[photo, 100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland] Chair: Aruna K. Miller, Lt. Governor

Ex officio: Laura Herrera Scott, M.D., Secretary of Health; Vincent N. Schiraldi, Secretary of Juvenile Services; Carolyn J. Scruggs, Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services; Col. Roland L. Butler, Jr., Secretary of State Police; Carey M. Wright, Ed.D., Interim State Superintendent of Schools; Theodore R. Delbridge, M.D., Executive Director, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.

100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland, July 2016. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Staff: Teresa N. Heath

c/o Opioid Operational Command Center
100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 21032
(410) 307-8115
e-mail: teresa.heath@maryland.gov
web: http://beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov/


Annual Inter-Agency Heroin & Opioid Coordination Plan of Maryland Department of Health on behalf of Governor's Inter-Agency Heroin & Opioid Coordinating Council to Governor & the public.

Biannual Report to Governor.

Report of Opioid Operational Command Center to Senate Finance Committee & House Health & Government Operations Committee on overdose information reports using an information technology platform were due Jan. 1, 2019 (Chapter 149, Acts of 2018).


The Governor's Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council was created as subcabinet by the Governor in February 2015 (Executive Order 01.01.2015.13; Executive Order 01.01.2017.01).

Member agencies of the Council shared all relevant information to support the State's response to heroin and opioid epidemic. Recommendations for policy, regulations, or legislation that would facilitate such sharing of information could be developed by the Council.

Meeting quarterly, the Council was responsible for determining funding for strategies to combat opioid crisis through prevention and treatment. Grants to State agencies, local governments, and private community-based programs could be awarded for 24/7 crisis response services; identifying those needing treatment; and expanding alternatives to incarceration, including drug court programs, day reporting centers, reentry programs, and increased clinical services. Moreover, grants could 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 reported to the Governor on what each member agency was doing to address heroin and opioid treatment, overdoses, education, and interdiction. Through the Maryland Department of Health, the Council annually submitted to the Govenor and public the Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordination Plan.

Six members constituted the Council. The Secretary of Health served as Chair.

On December 14, 2023, the Governor rescinded Executive Order 01.01.2015.13, which repealed authorization for the Governor's Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council, and replaced it with the Maryland Overdose Response Advisory Council (Executive Order 01.01.2023.21).

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