Maryland Community Health 
Resources Commission
May 30, 2019 | Issue 50
Larry Hogan, Governor 

Boyd K. Rutherford, Lieutenant Governor

Robert R. Neall, Health Secretary
CHRC Commissioners
Allan Anderson, MD, Chair
Elizabeth Chung, Vice Chair
Scott T. Gibson
J. Wayne Howard
Celeste James
Surina Jordan, PhD
Barry Ronan
Erica I. Shelton, MD
Ivy Simmons,PhD
Julie Wagner
Anthony C. Wisniewski
Mark Luckner, Executive Director
Tools and Resources
Funding Opportunity: RCORP-Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion

Deadline Monday, June 10, 2019 at 11:59 p.m., EDT.

The purpose of the RMOMS program is to improve access to and continuity of maternal and obstetrics care in rural communities. The goals of the RMOMS program are to: (i) develop a sustainable network approach to coordinate maternal and obstetrics care within a rural region; (ii) increase the delivery and access of preconception, pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum services; (iii) develop sustainable financing models for the provision of maternal and obstetrics care; and (iv) improve maternal and neonatal outcomes. Applicants are encouraged to propose innovative ways to achieve these goals through an established or formal regional network structure. For more details, click here .

Successful RCORP-Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion (MAT Expansion) award recipients will receive up to $725,000 for a three-year period of performance to establish or expand medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in eligible hospitals, health clinics, or tribal organizations located in high-risk rural communities.
Workshop: Achieving Health Equity in Preventive Services

Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)
NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, Maryland 

This Pathways to Prevention workshop will assess the available scientific evidence on achieving health equity in the use of clinical preventive services in a health care setting, focusing on three leading causes of death in the United States: cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. 

For more information, click here.

Three additional applicants invited to present to the Commission on June 18, 2019
The CHRC is preparing to release a second round of grant awards this fiscal year and has invited three applicants (described below) to present to the CHRC Commissioners at its next meeting on  June 18 at 1:00 PM in Annapolis . Grant decisions will be made immediately following these presentations.
Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington (Montgomery/Howard Counties) This project looks to combat obesity and prevent the onset of Type II diabetes by engaging Asian Americans with limited English proficiency and implementing the (Stanford) evidenced-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. The project would partner with MobileMed, Korean and Chinese language schools, and the Asian American Health Initiative and provide ongoing and intensive case management and follow-up.

Lighthouse Inc. (Baltimore County) This project would provide professional mental health and behavioral health group therapy to a cohort of individuals and children who are surviving victims of the opioid crisis. The project looks to preserve families impacted by addiction by promoting individual self-efficacy and non-immersion in substance use by family members.
Anne Arundel Medical Center (Anne Arundel County) This project involves a partnership with Arundel Lodge, a community behavioral health provider, to expand case management services to adults who present to the ED at least twice in a six-month period and are diagnosed with mental health or substance use treatment needs.
These applicants presenting next month follow twenty-three previous awards made by the CHRC earlier this year totaling $6.7 million. For more information about these grant awards, click  here.  

CHRC invited to participate at the MASBHC conference 

On May 16, the Maryland Assembly on School-Based Health Care held its annual conference with the theme, "Building Bridges to Support Successful Students," in Columbia. The conference highlighted the important work being done at school-based health centers throughout the state, and workshops were held to address timely issues impacting school-based health care . The CHRC participated in a panel comprised of its grantees, which highlighted CHRC grants supporting school-based health centers in Frederick County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City.  For a copy of the CHRC presentation, click  here.

Wells House partners with Family Healthcare of Hagerstown to provide somatic services to patients in recovery

Wells House, a substance use treatment provider in Frederick and Washington Counties has partnered with Family Healthcare of Hagerstown to provide somatic care services to patients in recovery from substance use disorder. The purpose of the program is to increase patient self-management to address health behaviors that are associated with higher risk of chronic disease, thereby reducing avoidable hospital utilization by this vulnerable population. The program works to address the whole person through interdisciplinary collaboration and integration to help promote health equity for this population. This program is supported by a $103,615 grant awarded by the CHRC in 2018.

The CHRC has focused on supporting the functional integration of behavioral health and somatic care services in the community, awarding 62 grants totaling $17.1 million.  These programs have collectively served more than 80,000 individuals.  For more information about these programs, click  here.
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health Celebrates the opening of the Harford Crisis Center

On May 26, the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health held a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of the Klein Family Harford Crisis Center,  the first public/private integrated behavioral health center in the state. The center includes a 24/7 behavioral health crisis line and Mobile Crisis Team, outpatient mental health and substance use disorder treatment, behavioral health walk-in urgent care services, and residential crisis beds for adults. The walk-in urgent care clinic is supported by a $325,000 grant from the CHRC.

The event was attended by state and local leaders including Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, Executive Director of Maryland's Opioid Operational Command Center, Steve Schuh, and Harford County Health Officer Dr. Russell Moy. 

The grant to the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake health was one of 23 grants awarded by the Commission in March 2019.  For more information about these awards, click here.
From left to right; Bottom row: Moira Lawson, CHRC; Dr. Russell Moy, Harford County Health Department; Steve Shuh; Maryland's Opioid Operational Command Center; Lyle Shelton, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health;  Harford County Executive Barry Glassman; Pastor Craig McLaughlin.  Back row- Members of the family of the late Andy Klein, for whom the center is being named.