Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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The "Yellow Submarine" Edit ion
BIAMD welcomes the newest member of our team, Ms. Najah Britton. Najah will serve as our newest Support Services Case Manager working primarily in Resource Coordination and with TBI Waiver participants. She will also be serving as one of BIAMD's community educators. Najah comes to us from Advocate Support Services where she was a Mobile PRP Caseworker. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland - Baltimore County and her Master of Health Administration from Walden University. We are thrilled to have her with us and look forward to introducing her to all of you in the upcoming months.

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Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:
As the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded in March, the Chief Judge of Maryland ordered all residential evictions to be stayed until July 25th, 2020. This action coincided with Congress passing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which limits evictions in certain circumstances. With this protection about to be lifted in 10 days amid the ongoing pandemic and struggling economy, residents and tenant advocates say they are bracing for a wave of evictions.

As of April 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused almost 20 million temporary and permanent layoff across the United States. Leading economists have stated that the 0.9% change in the unemployment rate is a signal for recession, and that post-pandemic re-employment and consumer spending may lag behind expectations. Laid off workers who are not re-employed after 6 months face hysteresis , a phenomenon in which the longer one is unemployed, the less likely re-employment will occur.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, More than 150,000 renters in Maryland have lost their income during the pandemic and 1 in 5 residential rental units have fallen into delinquency. Kevin Lindamood , president and CEO of Health Care for the Homeless , points out how the pandemic has painfully revealed Maryland’s housing affordability crisis that was present before COVID-19. In Baltimore City, 20% of the households are at risk of homelessness, he said, because they spend more than half of their income on housing.

CLICK HERE to read more about this pending crisis within the many tragedies of COVID-19.
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We are witnessing mandated social isolation and social distancing on an epic scale. As part of BIAMD's interest in serving Maryland's Brain Injury Community, we are starting what we call "Check-In Chats".

We would like to "check in" with anyone looking to share their experiences and challenges with either an individual or in a social group setting.

Even though we can't meet in person, there are many ways open to us, and, if you are interested, we would like to hear from you about your needs and how we can help you feel more connected.

Photo by Alex Mann
An Anne Arundel County police unit which specializes in the response to people experiencing mental health crises has been recognized as the International Crisis Intervention Team of the Year, the department’s police chief announced Monday.

The award from Crisis Intervention Team International recognized the county’s group as “the best crisis intervention, mobile crisis team, on the planet,” Police Chief Timothy Altomare said at a ceremony outside police headquarters in Millersville. The news was kept as a surprise from the team.

With the blazing sun baking down on unsuspecting officers and clinicians, each member of the team was presented with citations of excellence from Altomare and County Executive Steuart Pittman, who spoke proudly of the unit he described as “one of the greatest things in Anne Arundel County government.”

The Crisis Intervention Team was inaugurated in 2014 under former chief Kevin Davis. Its members collaborate with the county Mental Health Agency to help people in crisis to divert them from the criminal justice system. One of the unit’s officers described his job, after winning International Crisis Officer of the Year in 2018, as treating the cause of crisis rather than the symptoms.

CLICK HERE to read more about this amazing resource we have right here in Maryland's own back yard.

CLICK HERE or on the PHOTO to the left to see the News Story on the Anne Arundel County's CIT winning the International Crisis Intervention Team of the Year.
CLICK HERE f or more information and to register for this free information session on this emerging best practice alternative to formal guardianship.
Former NFL star Kellen Winslow possibly suffered more than 1,000 blows to his head during his football career, giving him brain injuries that drove him to commit a series of sex crimes in recent years, according to a statement filed in court by Winslow’s attorneys.

His attorneys detailed Winslow’s mental health in a 22-page statement that seeks to get their client the least amount of prison time possible  according to the plea agreement he made last November . Under terms of that deal, he’s facing 12 to 18 years in prison, with a San Diego County judge scheduled to decide Winslow’s punishment at his sentencing hearing March 18.

“Mr. Winslow is not asking this court to give him a free pass based on his status or local celebrity,” said the statement by San Diego attorneys Gretchen von Helms and Marc Carlos. “He simply wants this court to understand that his actions were influenced by something outside of his control, and order him to serve a reasonable sentence of twelve (12) years in prison, which is within the stipulated range.”

CLICK HERE to read more about Winslow's response to the sexual assault charges against him.

ONLINE Brain Injury Support Groups

Severe Brain Injury Caregiver Group
Zoom Room Internet Conference
2 nd  and 4 th  Sunday of the month, 7:30 p – 8:45p
Tom Gallup 301-502-8420

BIAMD Check In Chats
Every Friday at Noon
To register for a Check-In-Chat please visit

Young Stroke Group
The first and third Fridays of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.
​For individuals in their 20’s to 60’s, Contact: Susan Emery

Rockville Brain Injury Support Group
2 nd  Thursday, 6:30p – 7:30p
Tom Wilkinson 240-493-8472
Anne Arundel County Brain Injury Support Group
3rd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Debbie Cottrill (410) 320-8948 

Brain Injury Support Group
1st Monday, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Candice Rebuck (410) 448-6303

Caregivers Support Group
4th Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Gwen Alexander (410) 448-6311

Stroke Support Group
Meets monthly 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Brandy Breaux (410) 448-6821
Call for the monthly calendar
Online stroke support and information resources
The John “Jack” Godfrey Brain Injury Support Group
2nd Tuesday, 6:00p – 7:00p 
Dawn Moreland (301) 618-2364 
Brentrell Spencer (301) 618-2134
BIADC Support Group
3rd Wednesday, 5:30p – 7:30p
Gemma Rosas (NRH) (202)-877-1192
Joan Joyce (NRH) (202) 877-1420

2) What We are Reading This Week
When Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are called to London, North Dakota, they instantly sense that the thriving fracking town is ripe for trouble. The promise of a second gold rush has attracted an onslaught of newcomers all hoping for a windfall, and the community is growing faster than houses can be built. The sudden boom has also brought a slew of problems with it, including drugs, property crimes, prostitution -- and now murder.

Decker and Jamison are ordered to investigate the death of a young woman named Irene Cramer, whose body was expertly autopsied and then dumped in the open -- which is only the beginning of the oddities surrounding the case. As Decker and Jamison dig into Irene's life, they are shocked to discover that the woman who walked the streets by night as a prostitute was a teacher for a local religious sect by day -- a sect operating on land once owned by a mysterious government facility that looms over the entire community.

When other murders occur, Decker will need all of his extraordinary memory and detective skills, and the assistance of a surprising ally, to root out a killer and the forces behind Cramer's death. . . before the boom town explodes.

CLICK HERE for more on this book.
1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

“I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned.

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