The 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly concluded last Monday, April 9th, at midnight.
This year, the General Assembly considered over 3,000 bills and resolutions. Now that we have had a week to recover, we can celebrate some victories and digest the impact of this session on behavioral health in our community.
One of our top priorities was to ensure the full 3.5% rate increase for community behavioral health services was included in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.
Because of strong advocacy by the community, the General Assembly decided to "Keep the Door Open" (KTDO) by maintaining the full $8 million in State general funds for community behavioral health services.
In addition, we are proud to report that several key pieces of legislation that support behavioral health passed, including legislation to support:
Behavioral Health Crisis Response Systems
Certified Peer Recovery Specialists
Public Safety and Violence Prevention
Thank you to everyone who advocated on behalf of behavioral health this session. If you joined us at the KTDO Rally in Annapolis or emailed and called your representatives - we could not have done it without you!